Barack Obama wrote me an email last week. Signed, Barack. He addressed me personally, as Sally. Which is odd, since we never met. I didn't contribute to his campaign. Hmm. He must have Hillary's lists now. No matter, he wants to hear from me. Even though I'm "ordinary."
Hey, he said it, I didn't. Twice. Take a look, I emphasized it.
Every four years, the Democratic Party assembles a platform that outlines the party's position on a number of issues.
Traditionally, the drafting of the platform is not open to ordinary people.
This year, that's going to change.
For two weeks in July, people all across America will hold Platform Meetings in their own communities to discuss the issues and share their input. The outcome of these meetings will be reviewed by the Drafting Committee as it creates the final Platform.
No political experience is required. Your thoughts and experiences are all that matter, and they will shape a platform that -- like this party -- is owned by the people.
Sign up to host or attend a Platform Meeting in your neighborhood: http://my.barackobama.com/listening
This year, ordinary people like you will gather in their homes, community centers, places of worship, and even coffee shops to discuss the issues that matter to them and help decide what should be at the heart of the Democratic platform for change.
The input we get from these meetings will help shape the platform at the Democratic Convention in August.
Platform Meetings are a great way to connect with fellow supporters and help write the next chapter in the history of the Democratic Party.
We'll make sure you have all the resources and support you need to succeed. All you need to provide are your ideas for America and your hunger for change.
I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to make your voice heard in the political process.
Thank you for all that you do,
I am, to say the least, under whelmed. What is happening to the Democratic Party? Who is dumbing it down? I worked for the DNC. I still know people there. Smart people. But whoever's running this particular little marketing campaign seems to be appealing to the lowest common denominator.
Patronizing voters is no way to educate them. Certainly no way to appeal to experienced voters. To veteran Democrats, older women, Hillary's demo, the one I fit. Well, maybe they think we need help, they made the typeface size 14. Granted, Boomers need larger type and like to think young. But talking to us as though we're callow college students is not the way to our hearts, guys!
I'm not crazy about Barack Obama to begin with, but he's what we've got and I'll live with it. Literally. Because I believe more of us will stay alive if Senator Obama becomes president. I want my fellow Hillaryites, dissed and disenchanted though we may be, to get on board. I want us to WIN!
So I wrote and suggested they step back and take a look at their puerile language. At the way they're talking down to their supporters. At the affect it might have on participation. Although, I don't know, maybe they don't really want my participation. I skew Boomer, too old to create Change We Can Believe In. Like hell.
The Obama campaign needs everybody's help to defeat John McCain. Even ordinary people like me.
Update: Apparently I'm not the only one who complained. The web site language has been edited with a "what we meant to say" excuse. It now reads:
Every four years, the Democratic Party assembles a “platform” that outlines the party’s position on a variety of issues. Traditionally, the platform is written by paid professionals and then presented to the American people.
This year, that’s going to change.
From July 19 to July 27, everyday people all across America will hold Platform Meetings in their own communities. From Atlanta, Georgia to Muncie, Indiana, from Bangor, Maine to Eugene, Oregon, Americans will meet to talk about what issues are most important to them and what should be at the heart of the Democratic platform for change.
The results of these Platform Meetings will be incorporated into the formal process that culminates in the adoption of the platform at the Democratic Convention in August. A few participants may even be invited to appear and testify at the National Hearing and at the Convention!
You can write the next chapter in the history of the Democratic Party. Host an event in your own community. We've prepared all the materials that you need to host. Or, if you'd prefer, find an event near you.
Well. I am no longer ordinary. Now I'm "everyday." That's better.
And thanks so much for filling me in. Let me get this straight: every four years the Democratic party assembles a "platform"? Wow. Really? Is this like Habitat for Humanity? Do I get to use a hammer and nails?
Oh wait, I think I've heard of it. They do this to come up with a plan for the Democratic National Convention, right? The one that comes before the Presidential Election?
God help us. Do they think we've never heard of a "PARTY PLATFORM"???
Oh wait, all those newly deputized, politicized college students might not know about the party platform. How comforting. The ones who created the Obama-Mania momentum and pushed him to the front of the line don't know shit. But they'll do whatever the Obama marketing gurus tell them.
This is not a "new generation for change." This is a new form of political pandering. Which, while it might appeal to the uninitiated, is downright insulting to those of us in the know. And should be equally insulting to the Generation for Changers who've bothered to educate themselves on the process.
It's often the little things like this that matter. Wait and see. They grow and fester and turn into a landslide of anger. Which translates into votes for the other side.
What. Ordinary. Idiots.
Update: Based on her post below, as described by ktm: A Voters' Platform... revised