Tonight around 7:00 PM, when most households could be expected to be attempting a quiet dinner, I completed a phone survey, paid for by Phil Scott For Governor, four times!
The calls originated from North Troy, and I took the first ungrudgingly. I am always happy to waste Republican dollars; and fortunately, I was planning a late dinner.
It was a “three question” survey:
Question 1: Do you support strongly Phil Scott for Governor? Do you support him moderately? Do you support a Democrat? Are you undecided?
Question 2: Do you strongly support Bruce Lisman for Lt. Governor? Do you support a Democrat or other candidate (or something like that)? Are you undecided?
Question 3: What is the most important issue to you? There were seven choices, some of which were dog whistles, but I chose the environment just to be perverse.
As soon as I hung-up, the phone rang again and I took the poll again; and again twice after that. I would like to think that I wasn’t the only lucky respondent to get multiple opportunities to ding the same poll; and I would also like to believe that others like me, took full advantage of the situation to maximize obfuscation.
I hate robo calls, but it is my great pleasure to take them at the expense of the caller. I just do something else, like checking my e-mail, while they prattle-on. Try it, you’ll like it.
In this, the year of the Trump Dumpf, we need all the devilish distraction we can get.