What's Worse than Phoning It In?
A president who emails it in:
President Barack Obama followed up his tweet in support of Mayor Tom Barrett's efforts to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today with a blast email to Wisconsin email lists beloning [sic] to his campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The British comedy team of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore once had a sketch with this routine in the middle of it:
Cook: Do you remember that, the Second World War?
Moore: Certainly, yes.
Cook: Ghastly business.
Moore: Oh yes.
Cook: Absolutely ghastly business.
Moore: Yes, indeed…
Cook: I was completely against it.
Moore: Well, I think we all were.
Cook: Yes, but I wrote a letter.
As Ed Morrissey writes, "An e-mail blast won’t convince anyone to run down to their polling station and cast a ballot for Barrett at this late stage who hadn’t already planned to do so, and a Barrett loss will now get linked to Obama directly. It’s a lose-lose proposition, which means that Obama must have felt compelled to do something to deal with rising anger over his inaction on behalf of the recall."