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In no particular order, my pet peeves about the DCCC follow:

1. They support too many DINOs, who end up voting against our best interests.

Yeah, go ahead, and remind me how a turncoat DINO is better than having an out and out moran like Joe Walsh or the House Intelligence- Lite members like Bachmann or King in office.

The problem is your argument is most likely wrong, and it is driven by the same forces and farces that drive MS and Cable news Media. Ours is a progressive, liberal country, far more liberal than establishment powers that be, or talking heads with their collective crania parked in their colons would like to admit.

By putting a DINO in office, and not even trying to put a rational, unbribed, progressive or moderate there instead, we guarantee our failure.

2. There's no message in their message. Instead of giving me info, they work on fear, and quote either Bohner, McCain, McConnell, or any one of the Pauls currently polluting the GOP. STOP MAKING ME SCARED. Start sending me info, or the plan you wish to follow, or the actual laws you want to pass.

Fear alone is something that the Bushistas relied on. It is not a good way to move a nation forward.

3. Unsubscribing from DCCC is a pot-hole filled intertube journey.

I decided to do a  blanket unsubscribe from all poverty stricken congresscritters, senatwhores and governor wannabees, as well as all D fundraising groups like DSCC, DCCC, Move On and more. I received so many pleas on a daily basis, that my eyes began to glaze over. So, I decided to start with a clean slate, and remove all, then resubscribe to a few special places, like ACLU, MADD, Emily's Group, Move On, and one or two senator's lists.

This worked well. My overstuffed mailbox clutter began its long overdue Pastor Ag's Grand Unclutterization Program and Go West, (PAGUP and Go). If and when I wanted news from a particular source, I could get it without fear of more demands for money. Plus, the growing desperation present in most email demands would have you think that the election is one month away, not a year or three.

Every group I contacted reacted well. Two sent follow-ups confirming my request, more than 6 asked for a reason at the time that I unsubscribed. Three sent a email asking me why, but promising no more contact.  Every group, but one, that is.

Only the DCCC "Unsubscribe"  failed to accomplish what I wanted. Instead, if you entered your email on the assumption that your unsubscribe demand was about to be followed, the small print showed that you were asked the DCCC to send just a fewer number of emails, not at all close to Unsubscribe. Another screen with a barely discernable hypertext tag was necessary to truly unsubscribe.

Even worse, my first effort caused 3 phone calls from DCCC. This was two weeks AFTER I told the DCCC person to remove me from their phone list.

I wonder how many times the DCCC will call today.

Their current demands for money are rapidly losing their edge, their importance. Democratic groups wishing to invest and plan for the future have to adjust their means, update their message, and stop doing the same old, same old, just because it worked last time. That is no guarantee of success in the future. Look at how the GOP and conservatives bypassed one advantage we had some 15 years ago, and took over talk radio. If they ever get through trying to wreck our economy, and leap-frog past our email fundraising tactics currently in place, we may find ourselves in a very bad place.


since the last election, have you unsubscribed from any democratic groups?

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  •  I luvs me my DCCC. Not. (15+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:18:04 AM PDT

  •  Yeah, I grok man. Did the same. (10+ / 0-)

    I'd been growing frustrated for the same reasons you listed, the non-stop caving in of Dems on issues before the fight even began (how's that gun control working out?) has been cheesing my chain since 2010, and Harry Reid's betrayal on the filibuster was the final straw.

    I see all these Senators and Congressmen being interviewed on my TeeVee box talking all big and tough, and then BOOM, throwing up the white flag before the battle even begins. That is NOT the contract I make when I donate my money - I can understand losing, but not even TRYING is unacceptable.

    "We are not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people." - future President Paul Ryan.

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:31:06 AM PDT

  •  I voted other. (4+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, cassandracarolina, Aspe4, Justus

    I just block them from my email.  It's so much easier.

    being mindful and keepin' it real

    by Raggedy Ann on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:39:45 AM PDT

  •  I unsubscribed yesterday (5+ / 0-)

    Haven't received any phone calls but I'm loaded for bear if the phone rings.

    For Christ's sake, let's help more of our frightened people get through this thing, whatever it is - Kurt Vonnegut on our "faithless custodians of capital"

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:50:16 AM PDT

  •  I can't handle the dishonesty (6+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, PhilK, 3goldens, Aspe4, Sunspots, Justus

    Be afraid, Republicans are going to cut your Social Security and Medicare!  

    Yeah, how can they, Democrats control the White House and they're going to do it first.

  •  I was getting several calls a day on my answering (6+ / 0-)

    machine.  I knew who it was when I saw "out of area" on my caller ID.  I finally picked it up and told them I was tired of them filling my email and my answering machine with messages and that I only accept U S mail solicitations and that they should have gotten the message after getting nobody at my number to answer.  They said they would take me off the call list.  I think the email will be tougher.  Doesn't your email let you tell it what email addresses for which you want the message to go to trash or spam?  If that doesn't work, it may be because they use a different person associated with the  You might want to just try it.

    •  because of the nature of my job (1+ / 0-)
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      I have to keep the trash or spam designations rather low. The real question is how we get the attention of someone at the DCCC and convince them that blanket emailing tends to turn people off, especially right after the election?

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:18:15 AM PDT

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  •  What I don't understand is.... (6+ / 0-)

    I posted a very similar diary back on 2/13:

    Except it was about OFA emails. Somehow I got reamed for posting just about the same thing you did.

    Has the general attitude changed that much in the last 2 months, or am I that much more abrasive in my writing?

    Anyway, I'm glad to say I AGREE With you! I've shut down all my incoming political mail except for a very choice few!

    You have your right to your opinion, I will grant you that, but do not denigrate my right to mine!

    by MrQA on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:41:58 AM PDT

    •  I am STILL getting emails from them. (1+ / 0-)
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      see below

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 11:24:07 AM PDT

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    •  I Just Read Your Diary (1+ / 0-)
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      it is more abrasive but I don't think that was the reason a lot of kossacks attacked you. A diary attacking the DCCC is criticizing no one person in particular. Your anti-OFA diary is about an apparatus Pres. Obama created so it's proxy criticism of him. Obama still has a lot of superfans on this site.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 11:49:12 AM PDT

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  •  I'm not sure which group from the Dems (6+ / 0-)

    contacted us by phone a few weeks ago----my husband answered the phone and he was so irritated when he hung up that he just remembers that it was either the DNC or the DCCC.  We unsubscribed from ALL of the Democratic fund-raising groups at least a year ago.  But we still got this call.  And what threw my spouse into a fit was that the caller asked for a $150 contribution AT THE START of the call.  HELLO?!  What's wrong with $20 or $40 or $50?!  My spouse's pension is being cut 9.6% (we'd been told to expect a 13% cut so we're just thrilled with "only" 9.6%!----sarcasm alert!).  That reduced pension goes into effect May 1 and it will be May 1 of next year before it will be adjusted (hopefully) upwards.

    Who ARE these dumbbells who think we're all just lolling around with $150 lying around on our dressers or countertops that we have NO idea what to do with?!  

    As far as I'm concerned these calls are simply further proof of how out of touch the Democratic establishment is.  Jackasses.  And I'm proud of my husband for saying at the end of the call:  "When you do something for us----like raise the salary cap on SS, I'll think about contributing.  Until that happens, don't call here again and take our name off your list."

    "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

    by 3goldens on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:54:49 AM PDT

  •  They love the Lone Star State as a place to (3+ / 0-)
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    shake down discouraged dems, then use the money on out of state races. Imagine how much faster we could turn Texas blue with a little help, rather than just serving as the ATM for "elsewhere" :-[

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:07:38 AM PDT

  •  this is a promising start (2+ / 0-)
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    to thinking outside the box. Money in politics is the system that is designed to replace democracy.

  •  I still can't get off their phone list. (4+ / 0-)

    But I enjoy discussing why I want to when they call.

    I unsubscribed from Florida Murphy.  He asked for a reason and kept sending me email.  I kept giving him reasons (Clueless New Dem Blue Dog Corporate Courtesan, etc.)  Then I discovered that I could go to "my account" and delete the email address.  Voila.

  •  What is it with the DCCC? Are they awake? (3+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, Sunspots, Justus

    They just cannot help themselves.

    On one ID that I cancelled two weeks ago, today, the DCCC sends

    In the last 48 hours, things have gone from bad to worse:

    Paul Ryan raised a record-breaking $14.4 million in one night
    The Republican House passed the Medicare-destroying Paul Ryan budget
    Boehner’s Super PAC allies launched ads attacking Democrats for rejecting the Ryan budget
    If we don’t fight back quick, Paul Ryan and the billionaire backers of the Republican Party will dismantle Medicare and collect the spoils for themselves. We need to hit 200,000 dedicated members right now -- before the FEC fundraising deadline.

    Member Pastor Agnostic
    Member Number XXXXXXXX
    Member shoe size 11.5 US
    Member waist  (just kidding)
    2013 Membership: Pending

    Whatever you can do will make a difference. Please give $3 or more immediately -->

    Matching the Republican fundraising blitz with your grassroots strength is the only way to fight back against these vicious and powerful attacks. If we fall short, we could lose the fight against Boehner and Ryan’s corporate cash.

    Click here to re-up your membership:

    Thank you,

    Democratic Headquarters

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 11:23:35 AM PDT

  •  It's Really Disgusting How DCCC and the Like (3+ / 0-)
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    take advantage of people who care about progressive issues. It's really manipulative because the DCCC doesn't give a damn about the issues, they just want to win the game of getting candidates elected. They're not much better than telemarketers who are also trying to get people to part with their money.

    "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

    by Aspe4 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 11:43:17 AM PDT

  •  Shunted to Spam (1+ / 0-)
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    Thus avoiding contact.  You know, they seek your attention and negative attention is still valued.

    •  GOOD POINT. (0+ / 0-)

      but If I do that, too many bizniz mails get shunted.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 06:40:08 AM PDT

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