"This is Mike Huckabee," began the most recent, in the same half-panicky, half-eager tone of voice I'm familiar with from my Congresscritter. Mr. Huckabee is not my Congressman, nor my U.S. Senator, nor a member of my state's legislature. I am familiar with Mr. Huckabee's views from his participation in earlier national campaigns, and it would probably startle him to know that I consider him unChristian and unAmerican, not the Christian patriot he thinks himself. But he is not familiar enough with me to know that having a phone bank service send me his recorded voice urging me to respond immediately to kill health care legislation...is not going to gain my support.
It is the height of rudeness to use the phone service I pay for to send me recorded messages that take up my time. Such recorded messages should be illegal. But at least getting us on the Do Not Call list has excluded recorded messages from the septic tank cleaning service and the home remodeling company. I would prefer that all beggars (which definitely includes politicians) be excluded by the Do Not Call list. If politicians are allowed to evade the Do Not Call list at all, they should be required to call each person "live"--individually--and allot a minimum of 10 minutes per call to listening to--not talking at--the citizen they call.
Needless to say, I will not vote for, or contribute to the campaign of, anyone who uses recorded messages to call voters. In fact, I will be motivated to contribute generously to an opponent's campaign.