How about this, does this jog your memory?
*Ring, ring. Ring, ring. Ring, ring. RING, RING.* OMG, make the darn telephone stop RINGING.
How about now?
If you are a Massachusetts resident and you were home for any amount of time this weekend, chances are you answered your phone no less than five times (and let’s face it, probably much more) only to be met with another recorded plea from someone asking you to vote for Coakley or Brown. Or maybe you stopped answering your phone all together. Who could blame you? The amount of calls was ridiculous. Things got so silly in our house that my kids started singing that song from the Wonder Pets, "The phone, the phone is ringing. This is SEWIOUS." However, I was not prepared to teach my kids that sometimes not answering the phone because you're avoiding a call is a good thing to do. Thanks, candidates!
Sure they started out well-intentioned - Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, anonymous voices on the other end of the line pushing their candidate, the candidates themselves. Then they started to get personal - Brown’s daughter, Curt Schilling, attack ads, calls about the attack ads. Then they got downright offensive, to me anyway. And I’m thinking specifically about the prerecorded “poll” asking me questions that got my blood boiling and had me screaming at the phone, including ones like do I support the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.
Um, leading much?
After a Twitter conversation with other Mass residents it seemed that some areas were getting more Coakley calls and others, like where I live, were getting more calls from Brown’s camp. I’m very interested to hear who called you the most. I’m taking an informal poll, one that doesn’t ask if you support raising taxes (no, but I support National Healthcare, thank you very much).
Politics aside, my opinion, the opinion of one person these phone calls were trying to reach, is they were far too numerous to do any good. Instead, they really turned me off. Isn’t it bad enough that while watching the Today show one morning last week I saw six, SIX, commercials for Coakley and Brown in a row? Yes, yes it is bad enough.
Tomorrow the residents of Massachusetts get to cast their vote for who they want in the U.S. Senate. But more important, the phone calls, the pollsters, the TV commercials and talk of that damn pickup truck will all go away. Regardless of your political leanings, I think we can all come together and agree that that is a wonderful thing.