I wasn’t ready for this

The “Ready for Hillary” campaign — “not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee,” as the fine print says — sent me a packet this week, and instead of sacrificing it to Weber, God of Charcoal, I actually opened the darn thing. As such things go, it was fairly innocuous, with a cover letter by Senior Adviser (huh?) Craig T. Smith, informal enough to open with the phrase “So here’s the deal.” The recommended donation is $35, and I suppose I’d feel better if the credit-card information included the CVV, but the trend in political campaigns — and not just Democratic political campaigns, either — is toward Minimum Security Possible.

Also included is a print of a 2009 photo of her taking the oath of office as Secretary of State, which looks something like this:

Hillary Clinton being sworn in as Secretary of State, January 2009

Of course, she was five years younger back then, but what perplexes me is that shadow in the shape of a chin strap. At least, I think it’s a shadow.

I did look for the obligatory Koch Brothers reference, and found only a hint in Smith’s letter, which refers to “billionaires with personal agendas.” As a thousandaire with a personal agenda, I automatically tune out this kind of class-warfare stuff.


  1. McGehee »

    5 June 2014 · 7:12 pm

    With the contents removed, said contents burn faster; oxygen can’t get to all the pages if they’re still sealed in the envelope.

    As for the CVV, I’d hesitate to send that via U.S. Snail in company with other credit card info.

  2. CGHill »

    5 June 2014 · 7:25 pm

    First version of this, before publishing, had a reference to the sort of “low-information” voter who wouldn’t know what the damned thing was. Probably should have killed the whole section instead of just half of it.

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