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Obama: Spamming the Opposition

Can you imagine the reaction if a Republican candidate had penned the fundraising missive that Julianna Smoot, Deputy Campaign Manager Obama for America wrote. According to Bookworm who has “signed up” for Obama campaign e-mails in order “to see what the opposition is doing“:

Everyone’s got that special conservative in their life.

Maybe it’s your dad, who forwards you every chain email about the President’s birth certificate, or your neighbor, who just put up a Mitt Romney sign.

Dealing with these folks can be … frustrating.

This holiday season, we’re giving you a chance to have a little bit of fun at their expense. Let a Republican in your life know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign — chip in $3 or more today.

When you give to the campaign, simply enter your Republican friend’s email address and they’ll get a note letting them know that they motivated you to donate — which will surely make their day.

Sure enough,” writes James Taranto who linked the above, has a special Web form for donors who wish to have “fun at the expense of a Republican.” Let’s say you’re a Republican and your 20-something daughter is an Obamabot. (Have you had a DNA test?) She makes a $10 donation to the president’s campaign, which sends her an email tweaking you–and your name and email address are now on a list of dissenters against the most powerful man in the world.

In his roundup, Jim Geraghty quotes Nice Deb who suggests this tack could sow divisiveness:

It’s not cute, and it’s not funny. Family members will fight and friendships will be lost over this. What person in their right mind would do something like this to someone they like? Wouldn’t it have to be someone they don’t like? So the Obama camp is purposefully egging on their followers’ basest instincts to hurt people during the holidays?

Whatever – it’s purposely divisive and it will cause additional stress to many people who already are feeling stressed out this holiday season.

Ed Morrissey mocks the latest tack from the adults in the room, welcoming the Obama campaign’s challenge:

Basically, this says We’re jerks who want to spam unwilling recipients, so why don’t you betray your friends and help us out? Hey, if that’s what Hopeandchange looks like in 2012, well, bring it on.

Guess this is what they call that new kind of politics.



  1. It works on the progressive base; they enjoy obnoxiously flaunting their politics before people who don’t share them.

    Comment by V the K — December 15, 2011 @ 2:34 pm - December 15, 2011

  2. V, perfect comment given my frame of mind today. Not much in the mood to write about politics, yet for many on left, seems like politics is all there is.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — December 15, 2011 @ 2:37 pm - December 15, 2011

  3. I know I’m on Obama’s mailing list and I bet a whole lot of other not-democrats are, too.
    From his ”AttackWatch” days.
    I wonder how Obama would like it if we spammed him back?
    Sort of how AttackWatch was destroyed, you know?

    Comment by Nan G — December 15, 2011 @ 4:06 pm - December 15, 2011

  4. If a kid having a normal kid attention span can be diagnosed as a mental illness (ADD), why can’t the compulsion to obsessively inject politics into every situation, event, and conversation be treated as one?

    Comment by V the K — December 15, 2011 @ 4:08 pm - December 15, 2011

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