For the last few years, in an effort to keep tabs on what both major parties are up to, I've subscribed to both the DNC's and RNC's emails. That extended to several campaigns over the years, most notably Obama's. But the honeymoon is long over. No, I'm not talking about Obama's policies and the impending Republican takeover this coming election, I'm talking about the quantity and quality of these emails.
In the last week I've gotten 17, count 'em, 17 emails from Obama's camp in advance of the upcoming mid-term election. I don't know what kind of research studies David Plouffe has done, but this doesn't make sense one bit! One email a day, I can handle. Two emails a day, in the leadup to an election, OK...but only for a few weeks. But this barage is not tolerable.
I unsubscribed to RNC Chair Michael Steele's emails months ago and been hanging on to Obama's up until last week when I proceeded to hit "unsubscribe" in 9-consecutive emails from his staffers. It seems the campaign is so busy sending out emails, scared shitless about the potential mid-term results (which I don't get either since it was bound to happen regardless), that they can't check their inbox for unsubscribes.
So I've taken the more difficult route of deleting the messages immediately after reading them, asking me to join the fight, send some money, spread the word, etc. etc., but this is still like a 2nd job. And anyone who knows me knows I already have about six jobs!
Since 5pm today I've gotten the following emails:
From: David Litt, Obama's DC Volunteer Coordinator; Subject:Saturday after the rally: Phone Bank to Restore Sanity
From: Natalie Foster, Obama's New Media Director; Subject: 7 on 7 Daily Report: Wednesday
From: Natalie Foster (seriously, you again?); Subject: Joah, are you on Facebook?
Why yes, I am on Facebook. But don't you dare start pestering me there either!
You know that scene in Dazed and Confused when Randall "Pink" Floyd rolls up that piece of paper and throws it at the coach? "I may play football...but I'm not signing this!" Well, that's how I feel right now.
I may vote with you, but I'm not signing up for any more emails!