Sunday, October 28, 2012

Robo-hell

"This is so-and-so and I'm calling to ask for your support in my campaign for election to office."

Or maybe:

"This is such-and-such and I'm calling to ask you to join me in supporting so-and-so."

The constant bombardment of pollsters was already bad enough (I'm in Florida, a "swing state"); these recorded pleas for votes are even worse. Since I signed up to have dinner with Obama and ride the bus with Romney, I get a daily barrage of e-mails asking for more money (mostly from Obama, by the way) but my spam filter catches most of them and I can delete the ones that slip through.

The robocalls? The bastards sending them out are getting clever: caller ID used to be a good tool to identify both robocalls and pollsters, but not so anymore. Now, the ID info only indicates a local number, or sometimes "private caller."

The phone rings, I'm in the middle of something but rush to get it in case it's my wife, another family member, or otherwise someone important, then find out it's yet another recording. I guess someone, somewhere has determined that these robo-calls are effective campaign tools, that they actually help. Me, I think just the opposite: every call I get from candidate X makes me want to vote for that person a little less. Unfortunately, as soon as I hang-up on the call for candidate X, I get one from candidate Z.

And this isn't just limited to national races anymore. State and local politicians are using robocalls, as well. I got one yesterday from the mayor of a nearby town urging me who to vote for in the mayoral race for my town.

It's enough to drive me to drink. Or maybe just not vote. Could that be the real plan?

Cheers, all.

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