I swear, Obama has surrounded himself with the biggest d*ckheads in political history . . . and that’s a stunning feat. All of this began with the absurd and counter-productive Guardian attempt to influence voters in a key Ohio county back in 2004. Then Obama’s people came up with their various attempts to collect information on folks who didn’t like ObamaCare on firstname.lastname@example.org and more latterly Attack Watch on Twitter.
Every time they do this stuff, it blows up in their faces like a gag cigar, but do they learn? Hell, no. Obama never learns.
The Obama information collection effort is cast under the mischievous guise of asking Obama supporters to “have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life” by signing them up to get an email from the Obama campaign ribbing them for having “inspired” the Obama supporter to donate.
The result, however, is that the Obama campaign gets a new trove of Republican email addresses that it could never have collected through voluntary submissions.
From the Obama website:
Who inspires you to give?
This holiday season, we’re giving you a chance to have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life by letting them know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign.
Simply enter their name and email address below. Then, we’ll send them a message letting them know they inspired you to donate.
Thank you for supporting this campaign, and happy holidays.
Important: By making a donation today, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to have dinner with Barack and Michelle Obama. By clicking on the “Submit” button below or otherwise participating in the promotion, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements.
The effort is being supported by emails from the campaign to members of the vast Obama 2012 email list urging them to participate.
UPDATE, JM: Little does the White House know that half its “Obama for America” mailing list is occupied by right-wing bloggers who are just doing oppo research. But, yes: this is sneaky, particularly when they suggest that the Obamabots buy us coffee mugs or whatever from their little Lightworker Store—so they can harvest more cash from their victims, and get our home addresses.
The Memeorandum thread on the dirty tricks is here.