I have no idea why, but I received a Senate Majority Leader's Survey in the mail today. That would be the REPUBLICAN Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. To me, who lives in the only county in Texas to reject the constitutional ban on gay marriage. Me, who has held positions within the local, state, and national Green Party. Me, who has a French last name.
I cannot fathom how this came to be. I've voted in almost every election for the past 10 years or so and haven't voted in Democratic primaries in five years, but I also don't vote in the Republican primary. How did this happen? Enough fretting, on to the grim comedy.
This foul bit of marketing is really a combination "fall in line with our already-set agenda/give us some money" tool. The first survey item asks me to rank issue of importance:
"Correcting" questions became a theme for me, like changing (in red) one Value Issue question to "Do you support federal funding for research on an unlimited number of embryonic stem cell lines?" I checked Yes.
I particularly enjoyed my annotation to the first question here:
The accompanying letter is righteously indignant over the "filibusters and parliamentary gimmicks" of Senate Democrats, while completely avoiding the unethical behavior plaguing the Republican Party of late. They want 60 votes in the Senate to block Dem filibusters (institued by the "Howard Dean-Michael Moore wing their Party", you know, the actual Democrats?) and they really need money to defend themselves against those big meanies MoveOn.org. Awwwww.
I finished the survey and mailed it off. Not that it will do any good. Still, it made me feel warm and fuzzy to oppose their agenda on practically every question.