My walk to the mailbox today was rewarded with a letter from John McCain’s desk.
It was especially exciting to get his letter, because he enclosed a personal check! Usually this works the other way around.
Anyway, I opened his letter to find a check for $36 bucks. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending upon your political stripe, it was made out to the Republican National Committee.
This is a very crafty gambit.
Seldom do we receive checks, and this one, measuring a modest 6″ x 2-3/4″ looks like the real thing.
What I liked about the approach of this fundraiser was the rationale. The U.S. Senate has 36 seats up for grabs in the mid-term election, and McCain is donating a dollar for each seat.
I know, I know. It should be more, but hey, have you seen his suits?
Sartorial comments aside, the dollar-a-seat strategy is a door opener for the tight-fisted, like me. He is asking me to match his donation.
But I am puzzled. The RNC goes on to say it requires only $8,000,000 in the next ten days. This seems like chicken feed compared to the dollars normally needed to buy an election. I hope they know what they are doing.
In any event, they are counting on 222,222 folks like me, at $36 each, to respond. At a 2% response rate, they must be asking over 11 million people.
I will leave the financial logistics to the back room guys.
I would point out, however, that after wresting $36 from my cold, thrifty mitts, John could have at least coughed up an additional 49-cents for the stamp on the return envelope.
You see, the face value of a stamp may seem like a lot to the RNC, but in this case, each one is worth $36 dollars.
Don’t forget to vote!