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I remember when it was a quarterly thing, the political spam. Last week of March, June, September and December (plus as Primary and Election Days approached) ye olde inbox filter would get a workout, and then it would all die down to a respectable background level. Recently, however, it's gotten to fevered pitch all the effing time.

The DCCC has been especially bad this go-round. I've gotten at least a dozen emails in the last few days. Here's but a few:

Two days ago, one of the emails proclaimed itself to be my FINAL NOTICE of your member status before tonight’s red alert impeachment deadline. Apparently, my $5 (or more!) was needed because "We now have a shot at hitting our $2,OOO,OOO goal to defend the President -- and defeat Boehner’s Republican House." It wasn't explained to me exactly how that $2M was going to defend the President, so I have let my member status lapse...

Or so I thought. 22 hours later, I received the email announcing that we (umm, hadn't I lost member status at midnight?) had the opportunity to "deal a CRUSHING BLOW to Boehner’s Republicans?"

While mulling that tempting offer over, Nancy Pelosi HERSELF emailed 6 hours later to tell me that "If Boehner has his way, we might as well kiss all hope goodbye for the remainder of President Obama’s term." Well, her regular email account must have been down because she used the dccc@dccc.org account to send the email.

I can do hyperbole as well as the next House Minority Leader, but by this point I'd had enough. So I went to the bottom of the email and clicked the unsubscribe button. You won't beLIEVE what happened next!

(See? All those Upworthy videos do weasel into your brain like that thing Khan put in Checkov's ear and leak out in what you type)

There was a space to type my email, but it wasn't to unsubscribe:

WHAT WE STAND FOR

Republican SuperPACs, Big Oil billionaires like the Koch Brothers, and right-wing pundits are out to defeat President Obama's agenda and Democrats nationwide.

We need you with us.

However, if you'd only like to receive our most urgent messages, you can enter your e-mail address here:

Down at the bottom of THIS page was another If you still wish to unsubscribe, click here and enter your e-mail address. I clicked, and that's when I got irked enough to realize I had tonight's TC topic.

I was greeted with this exhortation: Wait! Before you decide to leave us, please take 3 minutes to watch this video on what it means to be a Democrat. On the DCCC site the video was embedded; here I linked to it directly from Youtube so as not to drive traffic to the DCCC site.

But wait! There's more! If the impassioned implied threat that wanting out of DCCC spam is equivalent to not knowing what the f-ck Democrats are wasn't enough to get me to stay, there's also the bribery:

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Yep. If I stay, I can haz a FREEEEEEEEEE bumper sticker. Dear DCCC: no. Just no. Your tactics border on repugnant, and skate the thin ice of what we rail about the other side doing. If I don't like what the right does to keep their sheep in order, why the hell would I want to be YOUR sheep?

Don't even get me started on what I told the guy from the DLCC who called last week, and when I told him I donate directly to candidates or via ActBlue because I don't trust the DLCC, asked me "But don't you want to take back the majority?" My blood pressure can't handle rehashing that one tonite, too.

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