I've been Push-Polled
[music | The Coup - 5 Million Ways To Kill A CEO]
Tonight I received two calls within three minutes of each other, the first was an invitation to a Barack Obama rally in Nashua, which I've said I'll go to even though I'm not sold on him, and the second was an automated poll.
There were only three poll questions:
- Do I plan to vote in the upcoming NH primary (yes)
- Would I consider myself to be "Pro-Life" (no [totally Anti-Life, thanks])
- Would I characterize marriage to be a union between "A man and a woman" (no)
Take a look at those questions. They seem somewhat designed to be "yes" questions. Especially the marriage one, of course marriage is "a union between a man and a woman". I just happen to also think it's a "union between a man and a man" or "a union between a woman and a woman". Of course this practice of push-polling is designed to get people to answer a certain way according to a candidate's stance on whatever issue, and is a hugely scumbag move, though not as crappy as phone-jamming.
The poll organization was Common Sense Issues, Inc.(Hey look, racist videos) So I did some Googling. They're apparently a group working for Mike Huckabee. Mike Huckabee claims to denounce "push-polling". It's a bold assertion on my part, but my guess is if he wanted it stopped, it would stop.
Now it seems if I'd said "Yes" to the above questions, I'd have been asked via followup call a few more questions and eventually, if I answered everything right, asked to be a "Precinct Captain", at least, that's how things have gone down in Iowa. Precinct Captain? Sure, hell I'll be a fuckin' Precinct PREACHER, and spread the word of Huckabee & Jesus both to my local precinct. At this point, I'd kind of love to see Huckabee get the nomination because, much like Ron Paul, he gives Democrats a snowball's chance of somehow failing to lose in 2008.
I really wish I had that phone call back. Please, Common Sense, call me back, I've made a huge mistake.