Al Franken is (intentionally) making shit up in his latest fundraising email
|Now this is a meeting with some serious comedic potential.|
When Michele Bachmann makes shit up in her fundraising emails, it's kinda funny, but unintentionally so. When Al Franken does it, it's just kinda funny.
In his latest please-give-me-money message, Franken harkens back to his comedic days of yore and places his email within the context of (fabricated) political fundraising history. Has he lost a step or two since he gave up the yuck yucks and headed to Washington? You be the judge.
Here's Franken's email (via the National Journal):
1808: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney's campaign sends history's first fundraising email, requesting 75 cents to "help defeat the scourge of the Embargo Act of 1807." Note: 75 cents would be around $10 in today's dollars.Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot it ain't, but not bad for a guy whose comedy chops are surely a bit rusty, eh?
1828: Andrew Jackson's campaign asks supporters to "give a Jackson to stand with Jackson." This failed because Andrew Jackson was not yet on the $20 bill and no one had any clue what he was talking about.
1924: Calvin Coolidge earns the nickname "Silent Cal" after his web team accidentally sends out a blank fundraising email. (It does surprisingly well.)
2012: (Insert your name here) donates $5, $10, or even $20 to help my campaign raise the $20,000 we need to keep our operation going and growing this month.