Thursday, June 21, 2012

Say it ain't so, Mitt!

Earlier this month, I talked about the Obama campaign's attempt to solicit donations by having a contest, with the prize being an invite to a swanky campaign dinner with the President. What I said then:
Obviously, the point is to solicit donations. But come one! "Enter for a chance to win a dinner with Obama"? How unseemly is this for a President? He's actually holding a contest for a chance to meet his holiness? And I have little doubt the contest will be successful. Even now, I can hear the Obama zombies salivating at the prospect of winning the grand prize (second prize is probably having a beer with Biden). Yet, it's just so low rent, so commercial, it saddens me greatly to think of how many of my fellow citizens will fall for this. After all the hubbub over the Citizens United decision and the complaints about money in elections, we have a sitting President publicly pimping himself out for cash.
"Unseemly" and "low rent," that's how I characterized the contest. And I stand by my comments; it's all in bad taste.

But it would seem the Romney campaign doesn't want to get shut out of a possible gravy train, for it has now launched the Believe in America Bus Tour, wherein "two lucky supporters will get the chance to spend a day on the campaign trail with Mitt." The specifics (the specifics for Dinner with Barack are in my previous piece):
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. No contribution or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this Promotion. Making a contribution does not increase your chances of winning. To enter by making a contribution, click here. To enter without making a contribution, click here. Void where prohibited. The Promotion begins on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 12:00pm Eastern Daylight Time and ends on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time (“Entry Period”). All entries must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Two (2) winners will receive the following Prize: one (1) round-trip coach class plane ticket within the continental United States on a date and to a Destination to be determined by Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $750; one (1) one-night hotel stay at the Destination, with an approximate retail value of $175; and ground transportation at the discretion of Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $50. Approximate total retail value is $975. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. The Promotion is open to citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) of the United States who are legal residents of one of the fifty states, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia and are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority as determined by state law. Details and qualifications for participation in this Promotion may apply. Restrictions are listed in the Official Rules. The Sponsor is Romney Victory, Inc., P.O. Box 149757, Boston, MA 02114.
A day on a bus versus dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker. Hmmm, tough to choose. But I entered the Obama contest--or at least I tried to--so I entered this one, too. A small difference: after filling out the form for the Obama contest and submitting it, I was taken to a donations page, with no acknowledgement that my entry was successful (I've never received an e-mail acknowledging that, either); after filling out the form for the Romney one and submitting it, I got a "Thank you, your submission has been received."

But regardless, the Romney contest is low rent, too. Perhaps not so elitist-seeming as Obama's--since there's no promise of an evening with the higher-ups--it still crosses the line of good taste, in my opinion. Jokes and kidding aside, this new development in political campaigning sickens me.

Cheers, all.