Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Pacific Business News by James R. George, Managing Editor
The caller had a strong accent and began reading rapidly from a script. It was obvious that she was from out of state and that a computer had selected me as a good candidate to buy something or vote for someone. But I couldn’t understand her or her message.
At one point, she stumbled over a name and spelled it: A-K-A-K-A. “I’m never good at pronouncing these names,” she said.
“What about Akaka?” I asked.
“I’m asking you to vote Democratic in the election to replace him.”
“Who are you representing?”
“The National Democratic Party.”
“Where are you calling from?”
“I have some advice for you,” I said. “Before you make these calls, learn to pronounce people’s names correctly.”
“I’m just a college student,” she said.
Just a college student? This conversation was going nowhere.
“Thank you for calling,” I said. “I need to get to work.”
“Are you going to vote Democratic?” she asked.
“I’m not going to tell you,” I replied. “That’s nobody’s business but mine.”
“Why not?” she asked. “I want you to vote Democratic.”
“I don’t mean to be rude, but I have to end this conversation,” I said. “I’m not cutting you off, but I will thank you and say goodbye. Then I will hang up.”
As I hung up the phone, she was still reading from a script.
If the National Democratic Party, or any other political action group, thinks it can persuade voters with these kinds of tactics, they are more clueless than I had imagined.
It’s going to be a long summer.
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