Minnesota campaign calls are absolutely terrible
Thank you call waiting (and cell phones) for helping us avoid the plague that is campaign phone calls. Yes, we are going to vote and please stop talking when we clearly state we aren't interested.
And why are the calls in Minnesota particularly bad? We're not sure, but we've found some good posts on what they are saying.
Jason Linkins of the Huffington Post called one of the calls to Minnnesota "The Sloppiest McCain Campaign Call You've Heard Yet". Robo calls are illegal in Minnesota, so Linkins says we get the bad unenthusiastic human callers:
This forces candidates to employ real life human beings to make these calls and read from scripts. And that places the McCain campaign at a significant disadvantage, since his campaign ceased generating wide-spread, general enthusiasm at some point after the New Hampshire primary. Listen for yourself at this McCain call, in which boredom and illiteracy get in the way of the salesmanship.
Listen for yourself here:
WCCO's Jason DeRusha got push polled and gives readers a transcript of their conversation. It's pretty entertaining:
So I just got off the phone with someone who wanted to do a "public opinion poll" of people in my district. He said it would take a minute, so I said "sure."
Question 1: "If the November 2008 election were held today, would you vote for Republican Norm Coleman or Democrat Al Frank?" He mispronounced Coleman's name too, which I'm not sure how that's even possible. I said I was undecided.
Question 2: "Would you agree or disagree with the following statement? Republican Norm Coleman could have done more to stop the spread of meta-phetamine in Minnesota?" I said, "Do you mean, 'methamphetamine'?" He said, "No, it's meta-phetamine."
I asked, "Who are you conducting this poll for?" He hemmed and hawed. I said, "I'm pretty sure by law you need to tell me who you're conducting this poll for." He said, "I'm honestly not sure, I'm just reading the screen."
I said, "Well then I'm done answering questions. But for future reference, it's 'methamphetamine.' It's a drug. Meth."
We hope one of our candidates starts a phone-sex call campaign like this one in California:
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