Friday, November 03, 2006

Bob Redford on the phone. Tell him I'm busy.

With the election coming up on Tuesday I’m getting three calls an hour from my “close personal friends” Ed Begeley Jr. and Sally Field pimping some candidate or proposition. If I’m on the fence over whom to vote for do I study up on the issues or take the word of the Flying Nun?

Granted, the RICH LIST contestants actually believe it IS Robert Redford calling them but for the rest of us it is just annoying. Besides, do I want Martin Sheen knowing my home number?

I have half a mind to call Senator Barbara Boxer’s office, get her on the phone and say, “Yes, I'm returning your call.”

Here’s a novel concept: how about thinking for ourselves? Or at the very least realizing that celebrities are there to merely amuse us and when we do need to seek the council of others we turn instead to people who actually are qualified to help – namely BLOGGERS.

11 comments:

JordyB said...

I'm so happy someone else was witness to how stupid the Rich List contestants were. I can't wait for the "champions" to return next week. "You're killin' me here."

Seymour said...

When else do I get the chance to hang up on the Mayor of Los Angeles, or on a US Senator? The only time a Mayor of Los Angeles called me for real (Tom Bradley, a LONG time ago) I actually talked to him, but I hung up on the recording of our current Mayor with pleasure.
They should know, I may decide to vote for whomever has annoyed me with phone calls the least often.

Robert "kebernet" Cooper said...

I guess I am insulated from this, being in one of the solid "blue" districts of a "red" states.

(And, BTW, I will consider it a personal privilege to cast my 6th vote for John Lewis to the House on Tuesday.)

Honestly, though, auto-callers just suck whether they are selling you auto insurance or political candidates.

R.A. Porter said...

Last night we got robocalled by Mike D'Antoni (coach of the PHX Suns) on behalf of Gov. Janet Napolitano. What my wife and I couldn't figure out is if we were selected because we're registered Dems or Suns season ticket holders (we didn't even consider the random calling option, in this case.)

Here in the desert, this is as close as we get to celebrity.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I live in Washington State and got a recorded call from Robert Redford a couple of days ago. I like him, but I hung up anyway.

cslevine said...

I must either be on an "A" list or live in a swing state. Bill Clinton called the other night. I just didn't have the heart to hang up on the man.

anne said...

About those calls: they just might not be (gasp) from Redford after all.

Over at talkingpointsmemo.com, Josh Marshall is reporting that the harassing calls from Dems are actually robo-calling scams from the GOP. And that some voters are getting fooled because there's no mainstream media reporting on this.

So--while of course many readers of this blog are actually on Bob Redford's speed dial.....it's possible that in fact it's the NRCC that's interrupting your soak in the hot tub.....for more info, see TPM --they're tracking this story.

Jim Walsh said...

Question: why shouldn't we be able to put politicians on the Do-Not-Call list?

Yeah, I know...Stupid question. But a guy can dream...

Tom Quigley said...

I currently live in upstate New York. The night before the election, I got home from work and there was a message on my voice mail from Hillary Clinton. But it wasn't to ask me to vote for her... She was trying to find her husband...

Dwacon said...

I always believe a nun what flies. In the remake, I'd love to see her bound out of windows like George Reeve did in the old Superman series.

Sister Bertrille... you're needed in Iraq.

Right!

Zip. Swoosh!

AmyBeth said...

i got recorded message from 'Martin Sheen' telling me to see his new movie TALK TO ME..

i would have returned the call if i was at least asked to be an extra in the film!