Maybe I’m off base and irritable this morning, but I just received a fundraising email from the dscc that I find despicable and potentially disastrous. I’m assuming many of you received the same.
Quoting Jason Rosenbaum, firstname.lastname@example.org:
The next 24 hours will determine our nation’s political path: We either re-elect President Obama. Or President Gingrich or President Romney destroy working families and hand everything to the top 1%.
I really need you to take a look at this spreadsheet. Our make-or-break FEC deadline is 24 hours from now, and we’re still $255,000 short. This is the first deadline since the GOP presidential contest turned from circus to serious. Whether or not we hit this goal will determine who wins: President Obama, or a radical Republican.
Reach this goal, and we have a fighting chance to keep President Obama in office and prevent a total GOP takeover. Fall short, and President Gingrich or President Romney will be calling the shots before a Republican Congress a year from now.
Can you chip in $5 now?
No explanation of what this FEC deadline is, or what it represents. Just “Republican boogey man! Republican boogey man! $5 right now or he eats the middle class! $5 will make him go away!”
Here’s my response:
Can you perhaps explain to us why this, as opposed to any and every other fundraising goal between now and next Nov. will determine the outcome? Shall I understand that if this goal is not met I shouldn’t bother doing anything else to re-elect the president because the race is lost? Does this goal REALLY carry the weight of an actual election in which votes are cast and counted?
And should I expect a stream of continuous ‘gun to the head’ appeals from now until Nov.? “Either give us money RIGHT THIS MINUTE or you are putting the country in the hands of the GOP.”
I am as strong a supporter of this president as you will meet. But this appeal is truly offensive and borderline unethical. I will not contribute today ON PRINCIPLE. If I validate this tactic, I encourage it. And I cannot think of a more effective way to discourage and demoralize grass roots participation. You don’t need to employ hyperbolic, emotionally manipulative, and borderline extortionist rhetoric. If you continue to do so, YOU will be responsible for putting a Republican in the White House and placing control of both houses of congress in republican hands.
Am I off my rocker, or are they?
As I am doubtful that anyone will actually read my response, and it’s likely that it will just be bounced back to me, if you are reading, jsfox, please pass this along. I really don’t think we get traction with this kind of crap.