I don’t do political rants. First, because I believe the most important races are for school board and town council and no one wants to read about those. Second, because political rants alienate half your friends. The good news is that I have found a way to alienate 100% of my friends, making it possible for me to put up the first, and probably only, political post you will ever read from me. How does one make everyone angry? First, to say I like Obama. Those are “fightin’ words” to half of America. Second, to say, “He duped me and everyone else on his email list.” Those are “fightin’ words” to the other half. How were we duped?
I received multiple emails like the one on top from the Obama campaign urging me to give immediately because of how badly the campaign was being out-fundraised by Romney. Tuesday night CNN ran this graphic revealing that the President not only wasn’t desperately behind in fundraising, but Obama actually outspent Romney 342 to 164 million dollars. Days before the end of the election and I was being told of an urgent need to “get on board” financially when in actuality the President was outspending his opponent by 178 MILLION dollars – more than a 2:1 margin.
We live in a great country. We listened to two good men campaign on different solutions for our problems. We went out and made our choice. I just wish telling the truth were held in higher regard in the process.
4 thoughts on “Duped?”
There are a lot of ways that both candidates played fast and loose with the truth in this election. It is to our shame that the people who need to have the most integrity, don’t.
Thanks for the comment. I didn’t follow closely enough to know. Everyone expects spinning facts to your point of view and speaking your constituents language. It does feel as if we are at a particularly Machiavellian time.
…and the level to which people are willing to look for redemption through politics and label politicians as saviors is truly shocking.
It’s one of those things that has to be looked at closely…notice the email said the “first half of the last month.” That’s a pretty specific time frame. Also, the publication on the website you found is only reporting on each respective campaign’s fundraising and does not include the “super PACs.” At issue is the whole notion of super PACs and whether or not their support should be included in the fundraising numbers. I would wager that Obama’s email does include it while the reporting news site does not because technically is is separate.
I do not know. I do know that I was constantly bombarded with “Those guys are hammering us financially. You have to help us out!” I hardly watch tv, but did say one night to the fam, “I have seen like 10 Obama ads this election season but not a single Romney one. I wonder if we only watch leftist tv?” It didn’t occur to me that Romney might have been getting buried in the ad war.