Hope and Change?


Even as I’ve been swamped with work and blogging at FDL (I’ll be posting two more Sundays, in addition to my usual Thursdays, I just found out), I’ve become increasingly annoyed with politics, and  as such depressed about the election season now inescapably upon us.  But as if to drop another load of BS into my Augean stables, I keep getting emails from the Obama campaign like this:

Hag –

I have some advice for the two people who will be selected to go to a party for the President at George Clooney’s house:

Choose your guest wisely.

Whoever you pick to join you is going to owe you big time.

Think about it — and chip in $15 or whatever you can today to be automatically entered:


- Ann Marie

Ann Marie Habershaw
Chief Operating Officer
Obama for America

P.S. — Regarding your airfare and hotel, we’ve got it covered. Just get your name in the mix today.

Really.  I’m supposed to be soooo excited for an infinitesimal chance at hanging out with George Clooney that I’m going to cough up hard-earned money to support a candidate who is a total embarrassment, and has already cast his lot in so many ways with lots of other people who can actually afford to support him, much more lavishly?  If I automatically got to go for my $15 dollar donation, I might do it, but for the same reason I don’t buy lottery tickets, I see this rather desperate-sounding appeal for the scam it is.

Now, I do like George Clooney and admire (some of) his work, and snooping through people’s houses is both a hobby and vocation for me, so it’s really a no-brainer that I’d be the perfect patsy for such a scheme.  But guess what?  I’d be much more eager to go if that prevaricating House Negro were staying home that night.  Frankly, I’m a little surprised that Clooney is whoring himself out this way for a candidate that must be just as disappointing to him as he is to me.

But the most insulting part of the whole thing is how it’s being sold:  I would be empowered to invite somebody who would naturally be so enthralled that they’d “owe me” either undying adulation, cash money, or sexual favors….  Maybe, if I’m lucky, all three.  The subtext, of course, is that all my other, less favored friends would be so jealous that they would surely resent their exclusion, and might even disown me; is that so great?  Once upon a time, we voted for politicians because they might make all of our lives, at least marginally, better.  Now, it’s who gets voted off the ever-shrinking Island, and given Obama’s shameful inattention to climate change, I mean that literally.  Choose wisely, indeed.

But this is just from today; days before, Obama, who has to my chagrin proven to be anything but a neglectful correspondent, enlisted his much more popular wife to offer me a position (unpaid, evidently), in our one remaining growth industry, being a “fella” of one sort or another:

Hag –

I’m writing because Barack needs you out there this summer.

Through the Organizing Fellowship program, you can work in a full-time volunteer position, learn the principles of field organizing, and then carry out important grassroots activities on the ground.

This summer, thousands of these organizing fellows are going to help lead our grassroots organization — recruiting volunteers and running events to help more people make their voices heard.

It’s an amazing experience — one that could change your life while shaping this country for decades to come.

Apply now to be a summer organizing fellow, or pass this note along to someone you know who might be interested.

If you take a position as a fellow, you’ll help more people to step up at the local level, where there are so many opportunities to make so much change. You’ll register voters, recruit and train volunteers, run phone banks, have conversations with people on their front porches, and build the relationships that will bring your community together to fight for progress.

There will be difficult days, and long ones, too. But being an organizer is one of the best experiences you can have working in politics.

The people who take on this challenge will not only help move this country forward — they’ll also become the next generation of leaders.

The strength of this organization comes from the people involved. We never could have come this far without folks like you who have a passion for organizing and a commitment to finishing what we started together.

If you’re ready to play a critical role in our grassroots campaign, apply now — or forward this note to someone you know who may be interested:


Thank you,


Alrighty, then.  I was soooo worried that I wouldn’t have anything to do all summer, for free, that I was contemplating being a Wal Mart greeter, and throwing my measly paychecks in the street, for the hope of someday moving up to become a Senior Fella in the more challenging field of Shopping Cart Management.  Nothing personal, Michelle, but since we’re apparently on a first-name basis, your offer sucks, and worse, its pathetic lameness would be dismissed out of hand were it not for the employment crisis your husband has done next to nothing to alleviate.  Imagine Clinton, back during the boom days, expecting people to work for free, in vain hopes of someday paying off their student loans or moving out of their parents’ basement.

And tell George Clooney I had to wash my hair that night; he’ll be disappointed, but he’ll get over it.


  1. econobuzz says:

    Bad, bad boy. (Missed you again at FDL. Was washing my hair.)

  2. avelna says:

    You’re much braver than I am – I get that shit and can’t stomach even trying to read it. What annoys me most though, is the text messages they periodically send – those are harder to ignore. I do wonder how well this kind of crap is actually working for them.

  3. michlib says:

    Jeez, so Barry needs you (us) this summer ? Where was Barry when we needed him ? He’s been busy currying the favor of the very same echelon that brought this mess upon us. From botching health care reform ( and not doing economic recovery as a first priority – BIG mistake ), to no strings TARP, comatose DOJ on Bush/Cheney crimes, codification of the surveillance state, and a host of other policy pratfalls, why the belated plea now for help ? Shame on the Democrats for no primary challenge, and the Republicks for offering … Willard. Too bad the two party duopoly is all we’ve got in ” the world’s greatest democracy “.

    • cocktailhag says:

      And just here lately, there was the scolding dismissal or drug law reform in Latin America, failing to extend LGBT employment rights to federal contractors, and a other myriad weak-kneed failures.
      He makes Clinton look like Che Guevara.

  4. loretta says:

    It seems the Obama campaign has hired 15-yr olds to write email copy.

  5. loretta says:

    As for Clooney, I’d love to be trapped in an elevator with him for a couple of hours. It would be a hoot. I would not want to share him with a huge crowd of groupies.

    I never paid much attention to him before I saw 5 seasons of “ER” while I was convalescing with a broken leg this past December, and I thought he did some of his best stuff on that show.

    As your at-large movie reviewer, I saw “The Descendants” and thought it was only okay – he is charming in it, though. I liked “Michael Clayton” a lot; “A Perfect Storm” I remember to be horrible, but I could maybe give it another chance now. “Ides of March” should never have been turned into a movie; it was clearly a stage play and meant to be that way. It was muddled and lost as a film.

    In “The American” he does some compelling and interesting work, much more so than that incomprehensible “Up in the Air”, which could have been SO MUCH BETTER. After all that hype, that movie was so disappointing.

    In “The Men who Stare at Goats,” he plays an almost identical role as in “Syriana,” but Syriana is a much better movie in terms of plot, suspense, and spook-tastic characters. I suspect 80% of the audience of Goats had no freaking clue what the movie was about. Only us conspiracy theorists could enjoy the subtext. I think Clooney does those movies because he’s interested in conspiracies and subterfuge himself.

    I like all the “Oceans” movies, but they are just fun. Clooney doesn’t have to do any real acting. His Coen brothers roles are also pretty much just him playing him.

    Suffice it to say, I’ve seen almost every movie he’s done, but not because he was in them! I just saw a lot of movies for awhile.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I’ve only seen “Michael Clayton” and “Good Night and Good Luck,” but I loved them both. (In the latter, Clooney looks doughy and unglamorous, and isn’t even the star. That speaks well of him in my mind.)