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NDP’s fundraising campaign somewhere between paranoid and boring

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Now I'm not exactly sure what they are putting in the water down at New Democratic Party's headquarters, but it's sure making people paranoid. And paranoid activists are annoying activists.

Yes, there is the smell of an election in the air. Nevermind Olivia Chow's current third place status among Toronto mayoral candidates, the big push has begun to vote ABC: vote Anything But Conservative in the 2015 federal election. Maybe we need a 'D' and an 'E' added in there for "D.esperation E.veryone!"

Because by the frequency and tone of recent NDP emails, I'm not exactly sure what's going on other than the NDP campaign managers spreading a lot of fear around concerning Canada's future; buckets full of fear, enough that each person on their mailing list could dump a bucket full of ice cold, Harper fear over their heads.

Here's what we do know. Whether we like it or not, there is going to be a federal election in 2015.

Yup, that's right, that's our (last, best) next attempt at a progressive regime change.

We can also deduce that soccer moms find Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau, hot. Hot Boxing Hot!

As for Harper, when he is not hiding in the bathroom at large public events or harvesting the fur off little kittens to make sweater-vests, many predict his party is on the way out.

Relieved? That's exactly the way the Liberals want you to feel and the NDP does not.

One reason why the NDP might be freaking out is their finances, or what they claim is a ginormous funding gap between what the Conservatives are able to raise from their supporters vs. what the NDP is able to squeeze out of their rank and file.

What this leads to is an ever-increasing-in-intensity barrage of emails from NDP staffers to my Hotmail inbox.

And now I'm officially getting ... annoyed. I'm sure this is not the reaction their staffers wanted. And now I've started to comment to friends about the enhanced frequency these NDP emails find their way into my email, which has just backed up my original feelings when they agree with my observations.

We are getting more and more emails from the NDP party, with more and more pleas and demands for money. Are we being held hostage here?

Well, are we? (See, the paranoia is spreading!)

One thing is for sure, the NDP want you to know they are in funding season (our ancestors used to call it "Mating Season") and they will let you know by emailing you every day with a plea for donation money. Every damn day.

Ever reminding you that they are at a disadvantage to the Conservatives, thus they need all the help they can get.

And it seems that help has a name and it's called Krystal. So I'm like: "wow, that's my name!" In fact, all the emails started off with my name.

And then I realized, wow, not only am I getting a personalized email from the NDP every day, but somebody at the NDP named Dave Hare (Associate Director, Operations) has also just informed me that my donation status was already pre-set to "pending" as if I had already been thinking about donating; perhaps in my subconscious mind or some dreamscape where the former NDP leader, Jack Layton, and I meet once a week to discuss politics over a game of checkers.

It just seems so strange and so presumptuous of them to assume that 1: I was going to donate and 2: I was going to donate a set, predetermined amount.

I know the NDP "needs our help" but I can't believe they have the audacity to make these financial assumptions about my supposed support of the NDP.

Which is about as audacious as their continued, stubborn belief that just because you're an activist, you will dutifully vote for the NDP in the next provincial or federal election.

Every damn time. 

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