With the election now less than two months away, Kish and I are getting bombarded with campaign mailings. Everybody wants money, of course — even candidates running for office in faraway states. (How do these people get our names?) In any case, here are a few splenetic Webner House reactions to the campaign literature we’ve received over the last few days:
1. We’re not stupid. I hate it when somebody tries to design a mass-produced mailing to look like it was hand-written. We received one yesterday with a faux hand-written address on the envelope and a faux hand-written post-it note inside. Does even the most credulous voter actually think that another human wrote the address and note? It’s insulting to think that politicians trolling for money consider us to be so gullible. Why would I want to give money to someone who evidently believes I am easily duped? How about showing minimal respect for our intelligence instead?
2. Please don’t order us around. More and more, political fliers seem to issue edicts, rather than simply trying to educate voters on the different positions of the candidates on pertinent issues. For example, we received a mailing from the Kasich-Taylor campaign that criticized Governor Ted Strickland’s approach to balancing the state budget, which has involved use of Ohio’s “rainy day” fund and federal “stimulus” dollars. A fair point to make during a campaign, I think — but the envelope for the mailing commands: “Tell Ted Strickland . . . “No More Band-Aids!” My initial response to that directive is: “Bite me! Tell him yourself! I’ve got better things to do!”
3. Don’t pretend. Our state representative, Marian Harris, recently sent us a mailer focusing on voter frustration with the responsiveness of government and touting her Saturday office hours and regular town hall meetings, both of which are commendable. But then the mailer says: “Marian Harris is One of Us — Not a Politician.” I’m sorry, but by definition a state representative who is currently serving in that capacity is a “politician.” Why treat your current profession like it is a dirty word?