Monday, September 11, 2006

Election eve silliness


I was out all day and seldom answer the phone anyway until I know who it is, but I missed a lot of autocalls. Seven and counting, so far, from: Tommy Thompson (for Van Hollen), Scot Ross, Kathleen Falk, Herb Kohl, Paul Bucher, Jeff Plale, and Larraine McNamara-McGraw.

The Republicans may want to check their list.

Add another just now from a live volunteer for Herb Kohl, the first real, live political call all day.

[AFTERWORD: I intended to say that I don't think autocalls are effective for persuasion, at least not when they come in bunches on the day before the election. I have received a few over a period of weeks from Falk, which may be a better tactic. I do think calls are a cheap way to remind people to vote on Tuesday, by placing calls during the day so they get the reminder when they get home. But that calls for a targeted list of people you expect to vote for you, or, in the general election, to wards that vote heavily for your party.]

[UPDATE: Forgot to mention emails today from Scot Ross, Kathleen Falk, Jeff Plale, Peg Lautenschlager, Bill Elliott, Steve Kagen, and John Chisholm.]

MacMac (Larraine McNamara-McGraw to the uninitiated) has broken new political ground with a revolutionary strategy -- introducing a totally new message in her campaign for Milwaukee County DA on the day before the election. In both her call and the mail that came today, she says the DA's budget is $16.5-million and asks whether we're getting our money's worth.

If she thinks that's a winning issue, perhaps she should have raised it a little earlier. She's never mentioned it before. Ironically, MacMac was known to be part of the Spendthrift Caucus on Milwaukee's City Council when she was an East Side alderoid.

Way too little, way too late.

Because I live in Milwaukee, I didn't get the MacMac autocall pitting suburbs against the city, but Jim McGuigan did. There must have been a different message for each suburb, suggesting, I guess, that they weren't getting their fair share of service. The way to rectify that would be to distribute crime more equally across the county.

Apparently, the Republican AG's race is over. Stacy Forster of the Journal Sentinel reports:

Candidates send out last-minute messages

Madison -- Republican attorney general candidate Paul Bucher sent a Web ad to a half a million supporters ahead of tomorrow's primary election.

The ad, which was shown at the state Republican Party convention in May, features people involved in prominent Waukesha County cases that Bucher handled as district attorney reflecting on their experiences with him, said his campaign manager Davin Fischer...

Bucher's primary opponent, former U.S. Attorney J.B. Van Hollen, sent nearly 300,000 pieces of mail over the weekend to the homes of 150,000 Republican primary voters, said his campaign spokesman Brian Fraley.
Considering that there probably won't be 500,000 total votes cast in the GOP primary, Bucher's in great shape if he has "a half a million supporters."


At 7:29 PM, Blogger Julie said...

I, too, received a lot of phone calls. I can't stand them. I received numerous hangup calls I am only assuming must have been from live volunteers, as I normally do not receive so many phone calls in one day. Personally, I have better things to do than answer phone calls from candidates on either side of the fence or their volunteers.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger James Wigderson said...

I've adopted a new campaign strategy. Have my candidate make enough robo-calls to make them all utterly meaningless.

Her opponent is trying the Fidel Castro method. He's doing sixty-second auto-dials.

A couple more election cycles and the telephone campaign will be utterly meaningless.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

We have received none. Thankful for small miracles.

At 9:01 PM, Blogger George Roberts said...

At least nine today -- and, yes, hangup calls. You'll know the automated ones on your caller id; they're "out of state." Somehow, that doesn't endear these pols to me.

The most I'm getting are for Scot Ross, for several days now. So I'm not voting for him out of vengeance for automated calls not listening to me -- I keep saying "no, not you again."

And weirdest of all, the state sheriffs' association picks today to call -- the only live call -- for money. So I asked from where, and the answer was Superior. So I asked who they endorse for sheriff in my county, Milwaukee, and the answer was dunno.

So I said that's all that's on my mind about the sheriff these days, thanks. And click.

Whoever told the sheriffs to call today ought not get paid a cent.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Stacie said...

I've had no calls -- robo or otherwise -- in the last week.

There's something to be said for ditching a landline.

At 5:45 AM, Blogger Ben Masel said...

2 robos from Kohl. Didn't pursuade me to vote against myself.

Got lots of email spam from the companies that run robocall operations. In a few days, I'll be sending out the phone numbers for their salespeople and executives. Payback time.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Interloper said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Stacie. All quiet here in Madison.


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