Oh, this is reassuring. The Obama campaign wants its supporters to make donations in the name of Republicans they know and are irked by -- and they promise to send a gloating e-mail to that Republican if you provide their address.This is really kind of sad to think the President of the United States is so immature as to allow this kind of campaign strategy. He has to turn his base into Big Brother who is tasked with reporting their fellow citizens for disloyalty to The One.
At the White House Dossier, Keith Koffler observes, "The Obama information collection effort is cast under the mischievous guise of asking Obama supporters to 'have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life' by signing them up to get an email from the Obama campaign ribbing them for having 'inspired' the Obama supporter to donate. The result, however, is that the Obama campaign gets a new trove of Republican email addresses that it could never have collected through voluntary submissions."
James Taranto wonders if Obama is leading or stalking us: "Somewhere along the line, somebody signed us up for the Barack Obama campaign emails. Normally we don't care for spam, political or otherwise, but these are so odd that we've kept them coming out of curiosity. Some of them have a stalker-like quality, plaintive yet vaguely menacing in their persistence, such as the one we noted in September entitled 'James, can we meet for dinner?' If you don't like it, you can always unsubscribe. But now the campaign is turning the creepiness up a notch." ...
Alternatively, I might credit the Obama campaign for knowing the psychology of their grassroots supporters. They're FURIOUS that some people disagree with them and want to punish them somehow. Dissent stopped being patriotic on Jan. 20, 2009, apparently.
Sister Toldjah sees this as fueling the worst impulses of the Obama-messiah worshippers: "What does bother me, though, is what I am sure will be the gleeful enthusiasm of a certain core of Obama voters who will be all too happy to report their neighbors and colleagues who stand in the way of 'community' and Hope and Change . . . or whatever slogan they're pushing this time. Those kind of people make me nervous. You know, the kind of people who form a children's choir to sing the praises of Dear Leader. Those folks worry me."
And we still have a year to go.