I can only imagine how many glasses of milk or other breakable object a person’s holding may be dropped to the floor this month in Oregon households as people answer a call that caller I.D. says is from an unknown caller in the southern U.S. Playing back that message the unknown caller left on your answering service (as I did this week) reveals a familiar voice…
“Hi, this is Bill Clinton…”
Follow that with a 30-second message reminding you to vote for this guy’s wife in the upcoming Presidential primary on May 20. Of course, by that time, a few people not expecting this all-new campaign tactic will have to get the mop out of the kitchen closet to clean up that spilled milk. Others will realize (as I did) that Bill Clinton is the Merlin of Presidential campaigns and knows how to get votes like no other. And here leaving a recorded message on all registered voters’ answering machine is so simple…that is if the Presidential candidate takes the time to do one.
Despite obvious evidence that Bill Clinton has had a little loss of intellectual judgment at times while on the campaign trail and having a shorter temper than he had in the White House, he still has a lot of brilliant ideas in how to campaign for his wife, outside of his obvious frustrated feeling at the point of this writing that it may have all been for want. While it’s a great psychological boost to people who probably have 1990’s vigils in their homes now to hear Bill Clinton’s voice giving out a sense of goodwill for the world if Hillary becomes President, the question has to be asked why Hillary didn’t leave a message on Oregon Democratic voters’ answering machines.
That may have been a huge blunder not hearing from the candidate herself, even though all Democrats in Oregon know Bill Clinton is who they really want back in the White House. Bill also probably came up with the idea to use his voice for the obvious psychological impact. It’s unfortunate that Hillary’s voice has taken on a satiric life of its own of late thanks to cable news channels who oppose her as President and putting her cackle on audio loops. Besides, Bill’s recent Oregon visit was about as inspiring as Obama’s visit in March. It makes it a tough call who exactly will win here.
Yeah, sure, and Bill Clinton said he was going to take a back seat to Hillary during the campaign. He helped her considerably more than given credit for and realized that taking the time to make a recording that gets personal with their constituents on the phone can make all the difference. If Hillary wins the Oregon Primary–it was because of Bill visiting here and doing that recording that even Obama didn’t take the time to think up as a perfect support tactic.
The only thing that might backfire is women who automatically equate heavy breathing on the phone line when hearing Bill Clinton’s voice.
Are political recordings from the candidates on answering machines truly something new?
I’ve received local political candidate recordings in past years on my answering machine, but never from a Presidential candidate that I can recall. This recording by Bill Clinton is obviously the closest many people will ever get to hearing what a former President of the U.S. sounds like on the phone. In fact, it’s worthy of being recorded to save as posterity in one of the most fascinating Presidential campaign seasons ever. It should be a primer, too, in how Bill words his message, its sincere conversational tone and just how much of an emotional response it can garner. There wouldn’t be any surprise to me if we found out he wrote and planned the whole thing himself.
Now you can expect to hear mass phone recordings from the Presidential candidate who fits your political affiliation in the next election. By 2012, you Republicans will probably get a call with a creaky-sounding John McCain asking you to vote for him again in your local primary or for the national election. Or, it could be Barack Obama saying the same thing, or just telling his constituents that he’s had it with his stifled first term and won’t run again as he hires Rev. Wright to make or scream the statement for him.
And if Hillary has the gumption to run again for President in 2012, expect her to send Bill out again (maybe sounding a little creakier himself by then) to send those little friendly phone messages to, please, vote for his wife…she ain’t too bad. Then again, if Hillary decides to do a phone message instead, be sure to wear some earmuffs so that final laugh she gives to lighten the mood of the times doesn’t break your eardrum…