The Cantwell mailing list - Journal of Omnifarious
Oct. 24th, 2006
03:57 pm - The Cantwell mailing list
I donated some money to the Democratic party and I ended up on Marie Cantwell's mailing list. This isn't a completely awful thing, aside from the fact that it feels like a ham-handed attempt to move traditional marketing techniques into cyberspace with little or no change.
But, the thing that strikes me the most is the implicit assumption in almost every single email I get. The assumption being that you only get the politician you're willing to pay for. No talking through or reasoning about various decisions she's made as a senator. No, it's all about raising money with the idea of the opposition winning held up as the bogeyman that's supposed to convince you to open your wallet. Almost every email has some statement to the effect of "Give us lots of money and send a message to the Republicans.". How sad and sorry is politics when the connection between money and power is such a fundamental part that the relationship is assumed.
I will be voting for Cantwell, just because I think Bush is just that awful, and any possible counterbalance is a good thing, sort of. I hate playing "The enemy of my enemy is my friend.".