Election 2014

Is Barbra Streisand's Plea for Democrats a Stroke of Genius or Sign of Desperation?

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For reasons that are known only to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the National Security Agency, I routinely get fundraising emails addressed to Gayle. This latest pitch comes from Barbra Streisand via Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the former Speaker of the House who did such a bang-up job that she and the Democratic majority were sent packing after just four years in the driver's seat.

Over the past few months, but especially over the few weeks, the amount of DCCC spam I've—I mean Gayle—has been getting is through the roof. I don't know if that's a sign of brilliant persistence or flop-sweat desperation.

Most indications are that voters have largely tuned out the midterms but that GOP candidates have an "enthusiasm edge" among the few of us not paralyzed by Ebola hysteria who still plan on voting. That's despite Democratic orgs such as the DCCC and its Senate counterpart handily outraising Republicans.

Or maybe it's because of letters such as the one signed by Babs below. If the Dems are raising beaucoup bucks via such efforts, they're obviously doing something right. Then again, it's hard to quantify the costs of emails sent to the wrong targets (such as me-as-Gayle). Do such misfires actually cause non-committed people to actively turn against the sender and her cause? Maybe.

Then again, it might just be the Dems are struggling only because of the generally awful performance by President Obama across a wide array of issues. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is also terrible. None of that takes away from the intense unlikeability of congressional Republicans, but it does heavily mitigate the GOP's negatives.

Here's La Streisand's case for supporting Democrats in two weeks:

From: Barbra Streisand

Dear Gayle

Have you seen Congress lately? It's a mess. And it's only going to get worse if people like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers continue to treat corporations better than people.

That's why I wanted to make sure you saw President Obama's call-to-action. Just this week in Texas, voting rights were dismantled, essentially blocking minorities and many students and seniors from voting.

Whether you know it or not, in the past 6-years we have seen huge progress under President Obama. Unemployment is at the lowest level since before President Obama took office, before the Great Recession started. The deficit is rapidly dropping and is just 2.8% of GDP—the lowest since 2007.

And thank God for President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which has helped millions of people around the country gain access to health care.

Additionally, he has championed equal pay for women while Republicans try to take away long-term unemployment insurance and kill a minimum wage increase.

There is still so much more we can do. And that can only be achieved with an active Congress, not an obstructive one. That is why it is so important to support Democratic candidates.

I'm asking for your help. We have to act now. There's only a few days left. We're running out of time and money.

DCCC page.

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  1. That photoshop of Streisand is horrendous.

    1. I’ll take it over the original any day…

    2. Full admission: I totally wanted to bang Streisand when The Main Event came out, based solely on that picture.

      1. Er, ‘that picture’ being the movie poster.

      2. Same here, except it was the dude. My brother had the record album.

  2. just don’t look Streisand in the eyes, peon.
    http://www.examiner.com/articl…..ook-at-her

  3. Somehow I got on the list. They were bombarding my inbox at around the rate of two or three a day and actually got snarky cause I wasn’t replying i.e. donating…”Nanacy Pelosi has sent you an email, Michelle Obama has sent you an email, Joe Biden has sent you an email etc”, we’ve not heard anything from you what’s the problem here.

  4. Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers

    I hate to agree with Babs, but these are also two of my least favorite members of Congress.

    1. Them and that George Bush character, who still runs the government.

    2. Wait.. I didn’t know that the Koch bros were congress critters. I thought that they just own congress. Which is why we keep getting hit with all this libertarian legislation and why the libertarians are ruining the country now that they have full control of it.

    3. No mention of George Soros or even Robert Smith from the Cure? 😉

      And that photo of Barbra Streisand seems to be filmed in “Spooky vision”.

  5. Babs is a deficit hawk! Who knew?

  6. Sounds more like any typical email from pretty much any pol. I still get emails from Ron Paul, and they follow a similar format and style. Only difference is Paul is advocates shrinking the state instead of making it omnipotent.

  7. I’m looking forward to the “Streisand effect” which will decisively f@&$ up their fund raising.

  8. Just this week in Texas, voting rights were dismantled, essentially blocking minorities and many students and seniors from voting.

    “Dismantled” how, exactly? By some completely unreasonable requirement that voters show photo ID, or is this referring to something else?

    1. By some completely unreasonable requirement that voters show photo ID

      I keep waiting for someone to point out how requiring airline passengers to show photo ID dismantles flying rights.

      1. I still want to know who in our modern society actually doesn’t have a photo ID. You need a photo ID (often because of Government requirements) to do so many things (fly, drive, enter government buildings, work at most jobs, check into a hotel, go to college) that I just can’t believe that there is any significant number of people that don’t have them. They won’t let you into the welfare office in my city without a photo ID!

  9. Congratulations, Nick. You just turned “Reason” into a left-wing money machine. Why? Because it’s well-known that all H&R devotees are slaves to Barbra!

    1. You misspelled Anal, Mr. Vanneman.

  10. Babs is one Hollywood celebrity that I actually do boycott because of her strident collectivist views.

    1. It helps that I disliked I ever saw with her in it.

      1. I found this on the ground, did you by chance drop it?
        “…every movie…”

      2. I dunno, she was pretty funny during her guest spot on Seinfeld.

        1. You’re thinking of Bette Midler.

  11. Honestly, I might actually respect a celebrity who started a campaign directed at other celebrities called “No one cares what you think, so shut the fuck up.” Unfortunately it seems like a great deal of people do somewhat care what celebrities think, and it’s not because of their logical argumentation. She names fucking Rove and the Koch brothers as heavily influential on Congress for Christ’s sake. It’s just buzzwords and vapid nonsense. I can get the same idiocy from any braindead partisan, but apparently celebrities’ words have some magical influence.

    1. Unfortunately it seems like a great deal of people do somewhat care what celebrities think,

      If nobody cared what celebrities thought, Twitter would be nothing more than a curiosity.

      1. I don’t get how people think she’s still a celebrity. Even her music is culturally irrelevant. Lala Anthony has more appeal and is probably more intelligent.

  12. Have you seen Congress lately? It’s a mess. And it’s only going to get worse if people like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers continue to treat corporations better than people.

    These people (yeah, I went there) are an imitation of themselves.

    1. Yeah, she’s right. It has nothing at all to do with run away corruption and cronyism in government. We can completely trust our elected officials and their appointed bureaucrats. Well, that is as long as they are all democrats. It’s just those evul Koch bros we have to watch.

      /derp

  13. Most indications are that voters have largely tuned out the midterms but that GOP candidates have an “enthusiasm edge” among the few of us not paralyzed by Ebola hysteria who still plan on voting.

    Nick, I thought you didn’t vote.

  14. Does anyone really care what that old dingbat has to say? Really? How many people under 40 even know who she is.

  15. Wow, they couldn’t have picked a less appealing D. What’s next, Michael Moore sends you a free twinkie if you contribute $10?

    1. Michael Moore is as apt to give up a twinkie, as a pot connoisseur in Denver is as likely to put his expensive edibles in a kids Trick Or Treat bag.

  16. if people like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers continue to treat corporations better than people.

    I’m going to have a nasty bruise on my forehead from slamming it down on the desk.

  17. Whether you know it or not, in the past 6-years we have seen huge progress under President Obama. Unemployment is at the lowest level since before President Obama took office, before the Great Recession started. The deficit is rapidly dropping and is just 2.8% of GDP — the lowest since 2007.

    Shreeek is Barbara Streisand?

    It all makes sense, now…

  18. Release the Koch-en

  19. Quit bitching and pay up, Gayle. You want the pimp hand?

    1. Is Barbra Streisand gonna have to choke a bitch?

  20. The democrats continually raise more money than the GOP, they have the senate and the presidency for 6 years, and they have most of the major urban centers on lockdown…

    and somehow, “Karl Rove” and “teh Kochs” are evilly pullin the levers to make the Corporashuns the Real Peoples….

    I swear to got, i can not comprehend the non-workings of the mind that reads that and goes, “DAMN RIGHT!!”

    1. That was a German ‘Gott’ by the way

    2. Wreckers continue to attack and sabotage the work of the Party!

  21. We have to act now. There’s only a few days left. We’re running out of time and money.

    “I’m P T Barnum’s ghost, and I approve this message.”

    1. I thought you were P Brooks ghost.

  22. even a hard-lefty, know-nothing Hollywooder should be ashamed of such dishonesty going out in her name.

    ” . . .voting rights were dismantled, essentially blocking minorities and many students and seniors from voting.”

    lying lies and the liars who tell them . . .

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