Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Do They Think I’m an Idiot?

 

I support the president and the majority of Republicans. I’m excluding Ben Sasse and Mitt Romney from that bunch because they have both had their spines removed at the Jeff Flake School of Political Neurosurgery. I am tired of “nice guys” and people who have “principles.” I want a street-fighter. That’s why I give every month a recurring donation to Trump.

But messages like this every day on my phone have really started to annoy me.

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GOP Fundraising Texts

Do they really think I believe the President took time out of his day and said: “that DeWitt fellow, can you get one of these books for him?” Maybe they see I’m from the south and they just think I’m stupid?

This kind of gamesmanship might work with someone whose inflated view of himself is such that he actually believes the President knows his name. But honestly, it just ticks me off. And the constant pleas about how they’re behind in fundraising followed immediately by news reports of outstanding fundraising success, this too bakes my bagels.

And the part about winning a 600% match: do I look that stupid? They match everyone’s contributions and how much just depends on the luck of the draw. I get that constant bombardment of past donors is a recipe to recover additional funds, but just be honest. I would actually give money if someone sent me the following text message:

Hey, we’ve noticed you haven’t given in a while. The President doesn’t know you from Betty Boop, but we got a ton of these Hannity books that we need to drop ship for donations. How about it? Shoot us a credit card number and we’ll shoot you a book. Sound good?

An honest request for a contribution would avoid all the ridiculous puffery found in these frequent texts. I got eight texts today from the GOP. Every one of those things costs me money. To quote Aretha Franklin, 🎶 “all I’m asking for, is just a little respect…”🎶

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  1. Henry Racette Contributor

    Yeah, I get them too. I think they’re up to promising a three million percent match, or something to that effect: I could skip one trip to Starbucks and bankroll the whole RNC, from the sounds of it. But that dark roast is just irresistible….

    • #1
    • August 5, 2020, at 8:04 PM PDT
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  2. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You mean that Nikki Haley hasn’t been emailing me every day? That our relationship means nothing to her?

    I’m crushed.

    • #2
    • August 5, 2020, at 8:07 PM PDT
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  3. Eeyore Member
    EeyoreJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Boy, am I ever glad I have never responded to a plea to “Text YES to …”

    At work, I never have to worry that a phone alert is not from a known source.

    Email … on the other hand … is a whole different story. I might get the identical fundraising email from 3 or 4 different “patriotic” websites, probably originating from something like ordering a flashlight gun mount. And Trump is only hours away from financial defeat if I don’t rush my donation by midnight. (“Please double if you can!”)

    I have to devote a huge chunk of time every couple of weeks to prevent my email from overflowing its limit. At least I have to consciously go to my email inbox. Thanks for small blessings.

    • #3
    • August 5, 2020, at 8:28 PM PDT
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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Have you noticed the new bait-and-switch tactics? They ask you to donate $45 now, but when you click the link to donate, the lowest amount is $250? I used to contribute a small amount once in a while, but I’m not interested in giving that much. 

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    • August 5, 2020, at 9:03 PM PDT
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  5. Eeyore Member
    EeyoreJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Have you noticed the new bait-and-switch tactics? They ask you to donate $45 now, but when you click the link to donate, the lowest amount is $250? I used to contribute a small amount once in a while, but I’m not interested in giving that much.

    RB, didn’t you notice the line and box at the very bottom of the page in about 2 point type which says “() other amount”

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    • August 5, 2020, at 9:14 PM PDT
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  6. TBA Coolidge

    What I have come to realize is that the shed has a lot of dull tools in it and dull tools vote too. 

    It is in the nature of mass mailings to insult someone’s intelligence and the more intelligent you are, the more likely you’ll be insulted. 

    This is actually one of Trump’s particular strengths. And it is why he supposedly turns of ‘Suburban Moms’; he is talking to less intelligent people because it grows his base. 

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    • August 5, 2020, at 10:07 PM PDT
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  7. TBA Coolidge

    And for the record, they don’t think you’re an idiot. 

    But they do hope. 

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    • August 5, 2020, at 10:11 PM PDT
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  8. E. Kent Golding Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    You mean that Nikki Haley hasn’t been emailing me every day? That our relationship means nothing to her?

    I’m crushed.

    I’m the one Nicky likes….

    • #8
    • August 6, 2020, at 2:39 AM PDT
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  9. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas PrattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    After being burned by a pseudo-Tea Party donation, I don’t believe that these messages are necessarily coming from the RNC.

    My policy is to never send money to someone who calls me, texts me or emails me, because I have no way of knowing who they are. They’re like the Customer Support people who say, “Hello, my name is Bob.” in an accent so thick you know that Bob is short for Rabindrinath.

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    • August 6, 2020, at 4:01 AM PDT
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  10. Stad Thatcher

    Anthony L. DeWitt: I am tired of “nice guys” and people who have “principles.” I want a street-fighter.

    Rush recently referred to Trump as our General Patton – a guy who gets the job done in spite of how many people dislike him . . .

    • #10
    • August 6, 2020, at 5:40 AM PDT
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  11. EHerring Coolidge

    Judging what Cloward and Piven strategy the Dems have in store for us, mailings and emails from spineless Dem Congressional committees is the least of my worries. I can fix that.

    • #11
    • August 6, 2020, at 6:13 AM PDT
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  12. Bethany Mandel Editor

    I talked about this on a recent flagship R> podcast!

    • #12
    • August 6, 2020, at 6:42 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  13. Nohaaj Coolidge

    Ha! The most inane request for additional funds claimed that “your Lifetime support status is about to expire, renew today”. I showed it to my office mates who offered to write touching obits on my impending death.

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    • August 6, 2020, at 6:51 AM PDT
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  14. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    After being burned by a pseudo-Tea Party donation, I don’t believe that these messages are necessarily coming from the RNC.

    My policy is to never send money to someone who calls me, texts me or emails me, because I have no way of knowing who they are. They’re like the Customer Support people who say, “Hello, my name is Bob.” in an accent so thick you know that Bob is short for Rabindrinath.

    I assume anybody contacting me for anything especially email, text, phone are scams to one degree or another. Mostly because in my youth my tech skills were deployed to help these scammers from time to time. Maybe some of the money makes it to the election, politician, organization, police, charity mentioned but my experience is that most the money goes to overhead in the form of the runners pocketbook.

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    • August 6, 2020, at 7:45 AM PDT
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  15. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. StephensJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I stopped contribution when the Senate could not approve judges under Bush. 

    I’ll give the GOP money now when they repeal Obamacare. My money has never been safer.

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    • August 6, 2020, at 7:50 AM PDT
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  16. Rodin Member

    I am getting text messages constantly. Memo to Trump et al: You would likely get more from me if you stop asking me so frequently. You forced me to put you in the Junk filter on email and I am looking for some similar function on messages.

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    • August 6, 2020, at 9:21 AM PDT
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  17. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnellJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I know from experience that about 85% of money raised by professional fundraisers for non-profit organizations goes into the fundraiser’s pocket. I assume the same applies to political fundraisers, so I don’t give to professional appeals, only directly to the organizations that I support.

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    • August 6, 2020, at 9:27 AM PDT
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  18. Anthony L. DeWitt Coolidge
    Anthony L. DeWitt

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    I talked about this on a recent flagship R> podcast!

    @bethanymandel I have always enjoyed your Twitter feed. I guess now I have to check out your podcast. Thanks for sharing.

    So many podcasts, so little time…

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    • August 6, 2020, at 9:44 AM PDT
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  19. Suspira Member

    You actually read those?

    • #19
    • August 6, 2020, at 9:59 AM PDT
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  20. Guruforhire Member

    There is probably a legitimately higher conversion rate.

    • #20
    • August 6, 2020, at 10:06 AM PDT
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  21. kylez Member
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    Anthony L. DeWitt (View Comment):

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    I talked about this on a recent flagship R> podcast!

    @bethanymandel I have always enjoyed your Twitter feed. I guess now I have to check out your podcast. Thanks for sharing.

    So many podcasts, so little time…

    She means the main Ricochet podcast though.

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    • August 6, 2020, at 12:13 PM PDT
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  22. Headedwest Coolidge

    Virtually all the political solicitations I see (from both Dem and Rep sides) are written for idiots, as far as I can tell. I don’t like any of the solicitations, but I contribute to people who I want to win despite all this.

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    • August 6, 2020, at 2:18 PM PDT
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  23. TBA Coolidge

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Virtually all the political solicitations I see (from both Dem and Rep sides) are written for idiots, as far as I can tell. I don’t like any of the solicitations, but I contribute to people who I want to win despite all this.

    A particular favorite of mine is the questionnaire which will of course be read by [Candidate] and which contains stuff like, “Do you favor scumbag politicians in the pocket of Commie Interests who want to take away your guns and liberties, or will you be voting for Good, Moral, Strong, and Patriotic Republicans? As you answer these questions and froth at the mouth, please have your checkbook ready when you get to the last page.” 

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    • August 6, 2020, at 7:35 PM PDT
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  24. Anthony L. DeWitt Coolidge
    Anthony L. DeWitt

    TBA (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Virtually all the political solicitations I see (from both Dem and Rep sides) are written for idiots, as far as I can tell. I don’t like any of the solicitations, but I contribute to people who I want to win despite all this.

    A particular favorite of mine is the questionnaire which will of course be read by [Candidate] and which contains stuff like, “Do you favor scumbag politicians in the pocket of Commie Interests who want to take away your guns and liberties, or will you be voting for Good, Moral, Strong, and Patriotic Republicans? As you answer these questions and froth at the mouth, please have your checkbook ready when you get to the last page.”

    @robtgilsdorf Yes, those are particularly annoying. I figure they’re compiling positions and need to know what the people are thinking, but I never give money on one of those surveys. There’s a limit to how helpful I will be.

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    • August 7, 2020, at 12:01 PM PDT
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  25. JosePluma Thatcher

    I never have a problem, since I never contribute money to any of the many bloodsucking parasites. They provide great grist for posts, though.

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    • August 8, 2020, at 6:49 PM PDT
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