Skip to main content

Be happy if you live in a non-swing state.    Sure, the candidates don't visit you and you don't feel like your votes really matter (they really, really do), but, let me assure you, it's a bit of hell living in a swing state right now (I'm in Wisconsin).  

During my numerous GOTV phone banks, I've been hearing a lot about the nearly endless stream of robocalls coming from Republicans.  People getting them are irritated and getting angry as the calls increase over time.   They DO appreciate calls from live people rather than the automated recordings, but even those are adding to the frequent intrusions into their lives.

And it's not just the presidential race, but nearly everything down ballot, too.  That's a whole lot of robo calls.

While I'm out doing GOTV and other things, I've been getting bunches of them when I'm at home (and plenty of them left on the answering machine when I get back home), but today, they've escalated.  Starting at 8:30 this morning, they've been coming about every 30 minutes.  I've never, ever gotten this many and it's 5 days from the election.  From my past experience, it will be much worse this weekend through election day.

I'm a late sleeper, staying up to the wee hours of the morning and getting up around noon.   While I have an event scheduled tonight, I'm saving myself for canvassing tomorrow and that's good considering that I'm running on about 4 hours of sleep thanks to the GOP robocalling machines.  I can imagine what night shift workers are going through.

Normally, the GOP sticks to Republican or R-leaning households when peddling their endless stream of BS.  While I get a few robo or "poll" calls, this year I have been smelling the desperation of the Republicans in their frantic efforts to call my phone, solicit my support or "opinion", or plant a heaping load of propaganda on whomever answers the phone or listens to accumulated messages on the answering machine.

Most people are just not answering their phones anymore.  Retirees, stay at home parents, 7 day service workers like nurses, and night shift workers find their sleep and daily routines disrupted from the endless ringing of their phones.  It's often hard to get someone on the phone during phone banking in the past few days.   Caller ID, for those who have it, allow people to screen the calls they take, but doesn't stop the calls.  For the rest of us, we wait for the machine to take the call to see if we want to pick up.

Clearly, they're wasting their time (and money) on me and other Democratic voters.  There hasn't been a halfway decent Republican on the ballot for decades and, while Democrats have been disappointing, I do respond to the customary "the other guys are worse" Democratic campaigns that have been the mainstay for longer than I can remember.  And the GOP keep on proving again and again how much worse they really are.  

The fact that they're making so many calls to everyone tells me they're either desperate or unconcerned with the increasing voter anger.  That anger is directed towards Republians since they're the ones making all those calls and that anger might just blow back in their faces.

Add to that the endless parade of scare the pants off of you attack ads that now fill every commercial break on the television program or newscast and you have people even more angry.  Folks can't even tell if they're more upset with the ads or their phones, although I imagine most of us think that we'd be better off without both.

The media, of course, is delighted with the profits they're racking up due, mostly, to their lack of real reporting which necessitates buying ad time to get information out to the public.  Naturally, they've created their own "news story" about how "negative" campaigns are getting and the public frustration with attack ads.  For them, it's win-win.  Get the money from the ads and get a bonus "story" that requires little effort to prepare and broadcast.

For those of you that like graphs and stats on how much political advertising there is, check this article out.

Robo calls and ads.  Endless.  Maddening.  Disruptive.  Sleep depriving.  And getting worse.

However, I'm not going to tell them to stop.  I'm going to tell them to keep on going.

So, Sarah Palin and the rest of you Republican celebs, keep on recording those calls.  Those calls are making people more and more angry at your party since you're the folks with virtually no volunteers (yes, you have to pay people to canvass and phone bank because your supporters are, well, Republicans who expect to be financially rewarded for everything they do).  You're the party that relies on huge piles of money for ads, robo calls, mailers, as well as your own well-oiled media machines that infest our lives.  

People are angry and they're angry at you.

Keep it up.

PS:  Pssst, GOP.  When you call public employees or retired public employees in Wisconsin, we know which party was the one that took 18% out of our paychecks to pay for the benefits we've given up pay raises over the last 15-20 years to protect.  We also know which party took away our union rights to negotiate over safety, staffing, and working conditions.  We also know which party has decimated public education and our safety net.  We now it's you.  Keep wasting your money trying to get our votes.  The Koch Brothers have plenty.


Originally posted to Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 11:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Alms for living in a swing state (24+ / 0-)

    Yeah, we get attention, but we can't get anything done without the phone ringing and TV is scary, too.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

    by Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 11:12:50 AM PDT

  •  I come home to 3/4 on the machine from RNC (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, kat68, avsp, flycaster, ER Doc

    Is there a number to call to make it stop?

    Yeah, that's right, vote for Taft, you dirty girl.

    by DeminWisconsin on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 11:22:06 AM PDT

  •  Funny. Just got a call when I started reading. (6+ / 0-)

    It was a live person but an egregious push poll for Michele Bachmann.  It was so slimey I felt like some pervert had just stuck his tongue in my ear.  Yech!

    "The opposite of faith is not doubt. It's certainty."

    by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 11:42:04 AM PDT

    •  Your level of disgust (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Don midwest, Mike Kahlow

      is going to go into the red zone this weekend and Monday.  

      My sympathies at being in Bachmanns district, although you have the opportunity to boot her out.  My own Congresscritter, the odious F. James Sensenbrenner, is in such a gerrymandered district we haven't been able to get rid of him.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

      by Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 11:46:46 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm getting rid of my landline in December (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Don midwest, Puddytat, Steve Magruder

    Just as soon as I'm eligible to get that dam' iPhone, out goes the landline.  I've been miserable with it for two years.  We asked for an unlisted number, we're paying for an unlisted number, but we did not GET an unlisted number.

    Damn Verizon too.  If there were an alternative, we'd get it.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 11:51:23 AM PDT

  •  I am not only getting... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, flycaster, Steve Magruder

    ...Robo calls from Republicans directed at me...but they are calling my ex-wife at my house...and she hasn't lived there for seven years. You would think for the amount of money the GOP is spending that they could purchase an updated phone list.

    "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

    by Mark E Andersen on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:00:42 PM PDT

    •  They're robocalling everyone (0+ / 0-)

      Methinks they're also just dialing consecutive phone numbers rather than from a list.  Normally, Democratic areas get a few, but now everyone is bombarded.

      Sorry about your double calls.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

      by Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:06:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Puddy, R's paying 12.50 an hr GOTV per craigslist. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, Mike Kahlow, GeoffT

    'Earn up to 350.00 at your own schedule... 'Opportunity' to canvass to get republican candidates elected'..  I saw this about 3 wks ago under the 'extra' section, Craigslist jobs section. Is this their 'jobs' program?

    You're right, it is a lot harder to get someone to pick up when phonebanking because of caller ID etc, it can get frustrating ;)

    Thanks for your reports! I'm resting up today (busy week) for the next 4 days.

    •  That's why I did phone banking early (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      lostboyjim, Steve Magruder

      As the calls mount up as the election approaches, it becomes increasingly hard to get someone to pick up the phone.  

      Yes, it's sad to see most Republicans unwilling to volunteer their time and expect to be paid.  It's a big difference between Dems and the GOP.  Then again, they've got money to burn.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

      by Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:08:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Got Hammered Yesterday (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, Steve Magruder

    In NC and a few came in as I was listening to a report from a supposed Winthrop University political expert or whatever saying how romney has NC and a number of downticket including McCrory for gov. all supposedly locked up, yet these calls were all from teabags, one was the hockey puck palin and the caller ID had some religious group, another sounded like fred thompson mumbling something another was some woman saying she was Dr. so and so and talking about abortion and it went on and on!

    Today not to bad just a couple.

    Thing is they can check and find out who's already voted, especially in todays tech world, and I did on the second day of early voting, so talk about wasting time and monies and irritating people to know end, as you put!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:36:58 PM PDT

    •  Around here it's been about a half (0+ / 0-)

      dozen a day this week, but today there's been 8 aleady.  I'm glad I'll be out canvassing tomorrow because it will be an avalanche.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

      by Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:43:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I know for fact that OFA is prescreening the (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, Mike Kahlow

    The numbers against a database for GOTV. They are trying hard to avoid calling known republican house holds and yes they do keep numbers on that at least in Western Wisconsin.  As for the number and desperation of republican calls and pushpolls and assorted other idiot funded super pacs the average was one to two a day. That has gone up since the start of the week to about 4-5 per day. Most from the NRA. I hunt.  Tommy and Duffy and ryan and romney and afp and rof and a host of others.

    •  Union phone banks are targeting (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Mike Kahlow

      union households and Move On, PDA, DFA and others are not only using their own lists, but making live calls.  The GOP is relying on a flood of robocalls and it seems to be backfiring on them not just for their national candidates, but the downballot candidates and their robocalls, too.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

      by Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 01:06:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hosting local OFA callfest at our home this wkend. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Steve Magruder, flycaster, Puddytat

      It seemed a lot more comfy than a rented office. For the volunteers, we'll have fresh coffee, fresh bread, veggies, cheese, and - fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies. With pecans.

      You do GOTV with the republicans at $12.50 an hour you don't get any of those benefits. No fresh chocolate chip cookies for you!

      •  Gould 'I can hire half the working class to kill (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Mike Kahlow, Puddytat

        the other half'. It occurred to me when I saw it the first time, under the Etc..section on CL, haven't seen it for about 2 wks.

        You're right, Mike. Thats a nice touch, for the volunteers (real grass roots :-)

        Just wish I could 'tip' yours and Puddys' comments. I am currently residing in the DKOS 'doghouse' for an ill timed HR. Normally I am stingy w/pastry but this asshole was begging. That troll was bojo'ed quickly.

        Hope our GOTV'ing is effective, wanting your wife to win too!!

    •  Politically Divided Households are a Problem (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      ...I made some calls for OFA in North Carolina today, one of which was to a woman who is a registered democrat, but her husband picked up the phone.  As soon as I identified who I was and who I was calling on behalf of, he started into a classic Fox-GOP talking point rant about how Obama only got elected in 2008 by being a liar and a crook yadda yadda...which I cut off the moment he paused with "thank you sir, it's a free country everyone has a right to their opinion thank you for your time good day."

      I had another call on Tuesday when the man who answered replied "I'm not voting for either one, neither one of them, Obama or Romney is worth a damn".

      •  I don't like getting the wingnuts on the phone (0+ / 0-)

        but I do try to educate them if I have at least an ounce of patience left.  Frankly, some of them wouldn't believe the sky was falling even with pieces of ceiling on their heads, but they're such suckers for the Faux and Rush bullshit artistry I want to go there immediately and sell them the Brooklyn Bridge or some swampland.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

        by Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:31:40 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Dane Co. Supervisor Jenni Dye has a clever way... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, antirove

    ...of dealing with those Clint Eastwood robocalls that the Romney campaign has apparently been sending to Wisconsin voters. As soon as Dye hears Eastwood's pre-recorded voice, she puts the phone down and walks away from her chair. Clint Eastwood robocalled an empty chair in Fitchburg, Wisconsin!

    Also, this is in regard to an earlier diary you wrote about the Obama campaign asking the Wisconsin DOJ for action on the Wisconsin Republicans' voter suppression plans, but Lori Compas, the executive director of the Wisconsin Business Alliance, railed against voter intimidation by employers, and the WBA, which is a progressive business organization, distributed this flyer to WBA member businesses, as well as anyone who, like myself, follows the WBA's social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. The WBA featured a Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel report on Rite-Hite CEO Mike White warning his employees of "personal consequences" if Obama is re-elected on the WBA's Facebook page, and several people who commented on that strongly condemned White's actions, and one of them even went as far to compare voter intimidation by employers to sexual assault by a superior. So far, the Wisconsin Business Alliance is the only organization that I am aware of that has come out against voter intimidation by employers.

    Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:12:10 PM PDT

    •  If you want to cost the robocallers money (0+ / 0-)

      just hang up.  Their automated system will place another call immediately and they'll be charged for another call.

      They aren't charged for the length of the call, only for each call made and connected.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning. Obama-Biden-Big Bird 2012

      by Puddytat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:33:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  They are airing the commercial of a middle-aged (0+ / 0-)

    soccer mom who finger-wags Mr. Obama over "not keeping his promises" in my area. They play that dratted commercial on the hour without stopping.  

    Since it infiltrates the commercial break of any show at any time of day, I just mute the damn ad until it is over.  Not only is that ad sickening it is rather racist as well.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 04:07:33 PM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site