Months ago, back when John McCain was the laughingstock of the GOP presidential candidates, down and out on his luck, I went to his website, looking to buy a couple of bumper stickers for my classroom bulletin board.
To get a McCain sticker, I had to make a campaign donation of $5. I wanted that damn sticker for decorative purposes and so I made the donation. The McCain campaign has since sold my name and address to every Republican organization they can find. I get mail from the Republican National Committee; the Republican Senate Re-election committee, even Grover Norquist and his evil minions have dropped me a personalized letter full of alarming statistics about taxes and the government's desire to eat every last penny of my income and then take my first-born.
But yesterday took the cake: the Heritage Foundation wants to know how I feel about taxes and government spending. What I think is that they wasted their money contacting me. What I further think is that I will waste a few more of their pennies by returning their post-paid envelope. The real question is what I will write inside that envelope. Should I out myself as the progressive liberal that I am? Or should I stay under cover, and claim to be a dyed-in-the-wool Republican who loves unnecessary pork barrel spending?
Either way, it's a delicious choice.