Dave just got off the phone with someone from the Virginia Democratic party. Even though the conversation was fairly short, he was annoyed when he hung up the phone. His first words to me were, "Boy, that was a hard-sell call from the Obama camp!" This is the gist of how the conversation played out:
DemObamabot pushes Obama and the Democratic agenda. This segment concludes with the words, "Can we count on you to contribute $100.00?" Dave's short answer: no.
DemObamabot commiserates with Dave about the crummy economy, etc., then says, "Can we count on you to contribute $50.00?" Another concise answer: no.
DemObamabot stresses how important it is to get Obama into the White House so that he can fix the aforementioned crummy economy. This leads to a request for $25.00. Dave's clear answer: no.
DemObamabot proceeds to lay a guilt trip on Dave. Finally, Dave says, "The harder you push, the more you're pushing me away."
DemObamabot says, "Oh," and hangs up.
We'd better get our stern "no" voices in tune. It's going to be a long election season.