Al Franken is (intentionally) making shit up in his latest fundraising email
Now this is a meeting with some serious comedic potential.
When Michele Bachmann makes shit up in her fundraising emails, it's kinda funny, but unintentionally so. When Al Franken does it, it's just kinda funny.
In his latest please-give-me-money message, Franken harkens back to his comedic days of yore and places his email within the context of (fabricated) political fundraising history. Has he lost a step or two since he gave up the yuck yucks and headed to Washington? You be the judge.
Here's Franken's email (via the National Journal):
1808: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney's campaign sends history's first fundraising email, requesting 75 cents to "help defeat the scourge of the Embargo Act of 1807." Note: 75 cents would be around $10 in today's dollars.
1828: Andrew Jackson's campaign asks supporters to "give a Jackson to stand with Jackson." This failed because Andrew Jackson was not yet on the $20 bill and no one had any clue what he was talking about.
1924: Calvin Coolidge earns the nickname "Silent Cal" after his web team accidentally sends out a blank fundraising email. (It does surprisingly well.)
2012: (Insert your name here) donates $5, $10, or even $20 to help my campaign raise the $20,000 we need to keep our operation going and growing this month.
Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot it ain't, but not bad for a guy whose comedy chops are surely a bit rusty, eh?
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