I got an email this morning from the GOP with Sarah Palin’s name on it. Trouble is, is sounds like a new-style politician doing old-style politics.
First, it starts with campaign rhetoric: “I am proud to run with John McCain and be a part of his campaign to build a safer, more prosperous future for America. … At a time when our nation is fighting a war to defeat radical Islamic extremism and our economy is at a crossroads, America needs John McCain and Reform Republicans who have the resolve, judgment and experience to lead.”
Then there’s the appeal to my ego: “We will be relying on grassroots Republican activists like you, to help spread our message and make clear the stark differences between our agenda and the Obama-Biden Democrats’ left-wing designs for America.”
Half way down they get to the real reason for the email – money.
“Please help us get our message past the liberal media filter and directly to the voters by making a secure online contribution of $2,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50 or $25 to RNC Victory 2008 today.”
“In tight contests, voter turnout is absolutely critical. The Obama Democrats and their liberal special interests allies are spending unprecedented amounts of money on get-out-the-vote drives. We must counter this effort and the nearly $1 billion the Obama Democrats and their allies will spend to defeat John McCain and our Republican candidates at all levels. And we need your help to succeed.”
And then again in the p.s. “Please help the RNC Victory 2008 program as generously as you can by making a secure online contribution of $2,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50 or $25 to ensure all Republican candidates on the ballot have the campaign resources they need to win.”
Note that the first said I was important, and that my efforts in supporting voter turnout is critical. But the best I can do is give them money so they can do traditional things like buy prime-time advertising attacking Obama-Biden.
The tone of the message is clear, and that is that the attacks by Mrs Palen on Washington insiders last night was spot on. “Give me money and trust me to spend it for you.”
I understand she’s doing what she has to to make nice with the party leadership. I just hope she shakes things up once she gets where she’s going.