The Republican National Committee cold called me this morning. The call came from 503 395 3051. After greeting me, by my legal name, the caller stated, "We got to get a bat to swing at Obama." At that point I interrupted and stated, "I am voting for President Obama and hung up." In retrospect, I should have stayed on the call just to hear the entire pitch. I called the number and listened to a recording, "You have called the Republican National Committee." Why is the RNC calling the former Chair of the Jackson County Democrats and a former Obama delegate at the National Democratic convention in Denver? Is the RNC cold calling rural counties in Oregon looking for donors?
Most of us who hang around Blue Oregon have done some phone banking. We don't cold call Republicans until we are deep into the tail end of a fundraising or candidate campaign.
In 2008 we had a steady line of Republicans coming into the Jackson County Democratic office to change their voter registration from Republican to Democrat. More than one big chested man sobbed and said he had never voted for a Democrat before in his life. I suspect the same shift in voter registration may happen again.
I heard the chirp of the slow descent of the Republican Party on my phone this morning. The caller was very fortunate I hung up. For starters, he would have heard a tirade from me about the intrusion of the Republican Party into women's health care.
Here's hoping I am on the 'do not call list" at the RNC!