Thursday, August 02, 2007

Talking Nice to Republicans

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," toujours bleu in the Great Blue Northeast!

Guess who I just talked to for ten minutes? The Republican Central Committee!

Actually, the nice operator girl who introduced the call asked if I would be willing to listen to a recorded message by Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma. She said the message was created especially for small businesspeople such as me.

First I asked her who Tom Cole was, because his name didn't ring a bell. She said he was a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma.
EXHIBIT A: CONGRESSMAN TOM COLE


We at "The Gods Are Bored" know a good opportunity when we're offered one.


"Oh, yes, by all means, I would love to hear it," I purred.

On comes the tape, with the good Okie moron warning me that the Democrats are going to sink my small business with regulations, that they want to re-distribute wealth from those who have it to those who don't deserve it (or something like that), and all these horrible Democrats are led by Nancy Pelosi, the Wicked Witch of the West...

... Okay, so I was simultaneously misting my parrot Decibel with the garden hose. Never been much at multi-tasking. But I did get the gist.

The recording was two or three minutes long, and then a nice gentleman came on the telephone, telling me how he'd like to send me a certificate and that my small business would be a focus of political power, and even though I might not be able to come to Washington and meet the powerbrokers, they would be grateful to me nonetheless.

I let him go on and on and on. The entire pitch. The whole script.

Then I politely asked him how he'd gotten my name. He said I was on a list of prestigious small business owners.

I said that was very interesting, because my small business had been crushed by corporate greed. I added that I bleed liberal blue, that I love Nancy Pelosi and think she would make a wonderful president.

I said, "This is rich, you Republicans calling me for money. But I've enjoyed the conversation, because someone is paying for this call, so I've actually syphoned a little loot from your pockets."

To which he responded: "I'm willing to talk to you all day."

By that time Decibel the parrot looked nicely soaked, so I told the nice gentleman that I wouldn't vote Republican if Abraham Lincoln climbed out of his grave and ran for the nomination. I told him I hope he gets 10,000 small businesspeople such as myself with the same philosophy and predicted it might happen. Then I concluded with the observation that the Republican Party must be dredging the bottom of the channel for largesse because its big-time sponsors see the writing on the wall and are deserting for the Democrats like rats from a sinking ship.

Then I hung up. I'm a busy unemployed woman.

The only thing I wished I'd asked him was whether his phone solicitation job came with benefits, and whether he had a shop steward in case he was harrassed or something. Doggone it, that would have made the conversation lively indeed!

The moral of the story: Someone's paying for the call. Keep them on the line as long as you can hold your food in your stomach without barfing.

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8 Comments:

At August 02, 2007 , Blogger Kay said...

I said that was very interesting, because my small business had been crushed by corporate greed.

Did you REALLY? If you did then "Whoo hoo! That is what I'm talking about!"

Clap clap clap! *standing ovation* Encore! Encore!

 
At August 02, 2007 , Blogger Tennessee Jed said...

Anne, bravo! I think we are starting to see more and more folks give the man some hard questions. Thanks for the fuel the next time I get one of them calls.

Ask them about their benefits and if there is any sort of union there. I will be looking for the union label from now on.

 
At August 02, 2007 , Blogger EarthCitizen Scott said...

I so wish they would call.
I would keep them on the line too,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,soooooooo,,,,, very,,,,,,,,,,,,,long
Hope you are well!!!

 
At August 02, 2007 , Blogger Hecate said...

You know that I love you, right?

 
At August 03, 2007 , Blogger Laura Stamps said...

Do you really run a small business? Neat! What is the name of your business, and what do you sell? Do you have a website I could cruise? I ask because I also run a small business, and I prefer to buy from other small businesses. I think in these crazy economic times (and the last 3 years have been insane for every woman I know running a small business) it is a very good thing for us to support each other.

On the other hand, I just realized this could be a joke, right? That you were just giving the stuffed suits a hard time. If so, just ignore this post. But if it is true, I would love to know about your business. :)

 
At August 03, 2007 , Blogger BBC said...

They won't stay on the line long with me, they don't like me calling them frigging idiots. Let alone monkeys.

 
At August 04, 2007 , Blogger Interrobang said...

*chuckle* I had a similar case here when the local representative of the CRAP Party* (Conservative-Reform Alliance Party) called me and asked me if I'd consider voting for Stephen Harper in the last federal election.

I said "Maybe..."

*hopeful noise on the other end of the line*

"...if Hell freezes over first."

*snerk*

 
At August 05, 2007 , Anonymous Anne Hill said...

"Someone's paying for the call. Keep them on the line as long as you can hold your food in your stomach without barfing."

...and then say the words "please take me off your list to call." That is the only way that they are legally obliged to stop bugging you. Though I have to say, you must have a far healthier digestive tract than I do.

Anne

 

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