For the last few months, I’ve been flirting with the idea of volunteering for service in the Tennessee Senate. Now it’s time to see if you’re ready for me to take this flirting to full-blown courtship.
Yes, I know. It sounds like the love note of a political neophyte. Why didn’t he just say: “Dear Constituents, I like you. Do you like me? Circle Yes or No.”
Another gem, which I enjoyed immensely, was spotted by Kleinheider at Volunteer Voters. Apparently, there were remarkable similarities between Faulk’s pitch for donations and that of Presidential candidate Barak Obama:
From the donation page of Obama for President:
“This campaign is about building a different kind of politics. We don’t take money from lobbyists or political action committees, and we’re going to build a broad base of individual donors to ensure that this campaign answers to no one but the people. That starts with you. Make your donation online using the form below.”
From the donation page of Mike Faulk for Senate:
“This campaign is about building a different kind of politics. We don’t take money from registered lobbyists and we’re going to build a broad base of individual donors to ensure that this campaign beholden to no one. That starts with you. Make your donation online using the form below.”
( I notice Faulk’s people omitted the take no money from “political action committees” bit.)
The Faulk campaign later edited the wording but only after the “flaw” had been picked up via reports or links by Michael Silence, Bob Krumm, Bill Hobbs and John Rodgers. And the real chuckle comes from a statement by Tennessee Democratic Party chairman, Gray Sasser, who lambasted Faulk for “plagiarizing” Obama:
“I’m absolutely thrilled that Mike Faulk has taken Barack Obama’s message to heart.
”Since Republican Mike Faulk is willing to take the language of Senator Obama and use it for his website, I hope he will make an official endorsement shortly.”
Look, I am sure Mike Faulk is internet savvy to some extent – but c’mon. He’s not building websites with embedded flash players and calendar options. My guess is he enlisted professional help – just as he did with this site. I’m also going to guess that Faulk provided a general idea of what he wanted and the message he wished to convey, and designers took it from there. Likewise, I doubt Faulk has given the Obama site more than a passing glance, which made it all the more likely he didn’t recognize the blurb and approved site content without reservations.
Once it became an issue, his campaign people changed it.
And I don’t see the identical requests for time and money as extraordinarily noteworthy. The fact is when it comes to campaign trail prattle, regardless of party, platform or position, all candidates pitch themselves to voters. They all use basically the same selling points – although Obama’s site does have a catchy way of phrasing the same old shit on a different day.
But to take Obama’s message to heart as Sasser suggested? Now, that’s just funny.
Did Sasser fail to read the platform page on Faulk’s website? Or… perhaps HE’S not familiar with Obama’s message? Feh. If anything, the reaction serves as proof that even state Dem’s know (1) Faulk’s campaign has some teeth and (2) if elected, he may not be as politically “malleable” as incumbent Williams.