Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Why didn't I think of this?

Apparently, Michelle Obama turned 51 a few days ago, and the Democrats did exactly what everyone's initial inclination would be. I mean, really, who hasn't used their birthday as a fundraising opportunity?

In possibly one of the most cynical and tasteless birthday celebrations of recent times, Mrs. Obama has featured prominently in the Democratic Party’s promotional emails and social media feeds in recent days in order to try and extract money from followers.
Firstly, and undoubtedly approved by Michelle Obama, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent out the following email to party members.
“I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Michelle Obama’s 51st birthday is three days away.
And I bet that you think the First Lady is pretty great — so I wanted to make sure you got the chance to sign your name to her birthday card:
Thanks, — she’s going to love this.”
If you click the link to sign the card, you then get directed to a donor page seeking a financial contribution. Here’s what you’re greeted with.
“Thanks for signing our card for Michelle! Now, can you take the next step and support the democrats?
Unlike our opponents, we don’t take money from special interests, corporate lobbyists, and political action committees.
What we have is supporters like you. Join us by making a donation today.”
And I thought I was cynical. Put aside for a moment that of course the Democrats take money from "special interests, corporate lobbyists and political action committees. I'm used to lies coming out of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's mouth. But this seems just a bit like bait-and-switch. puts up all the Twitter and website solicitations for donations based on the First Lady's birthday. I don't suppose anyone wonders why polling shows record lows in respect for the institution of the presidency. This is just crass and unnecessary. On the other hand, she is the White House resident with a positive approval rating, so maybe she's the last personality the Democrats have left to inspire fundraising.

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