Another Awful Day in BlackBerry Politics

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Last week, I wrote a piece bemoaning the political ramifications of my own email inbox, where BlackBerry politics happens. Some readers noted that it might be nice to know more about the silly rapid-fire give and take that takes place behind the scenes, as campaigns and parties try to spin reporters via mass email.

So herewith is today’s BlackBerry Politics Report, vol. I.

NOTE: The partial quotes below are propoganda, and cannot be trusted. Also, for brevity, I did not list all the third party, scheduling, and speech emails I received.

5:45 a.m. Email from Obama campaign called “Obama Today.” It is 797 words long. Key quote: “Four more years of failed Bush policies”

6:18 a.m. Email from RNC noting that the New York Sun has written about a Wall Street Journal story that says James Johnson, an Obama adviser, got a good deal on real estate loans from Countrywide Financial, a controversial company, because of his relationship with the CEO. 1062 words.

6:33 a.m. Email from McCain campaign called “Barack Obama’s Higher Taxes Agenda.” 1521 words. Key quote: “That’s change we just can’t afford.”

7:01 a.m. Email from RNC called “Obama’s Economic Policies Are Wrong For N.C.” 1780 words. “Obama has proposed a laundry list of tax hikes.”

8:58 a.m. Email from the DNC with “Three questions John McCain won’t answer today.” 929 words. Key quote: “Please enjoy today’s installment.”

9:14 a.m. Email from McCain campaign called “McCain Morning Update.” 4104 words. Key quote: “Just a few one liners we don’t think you will hear today.”

9:21 a.m. Email from McCain campaign inviting me to a 10 a.m. conference call about Obama’s “Economic Tour.”

9:27 a.m. Email from Obama campaign inviting me to an 11:45 a.m. conference call about Obama’s “Economic Tour.”

9:30 a.m. Email from McCain campaign to announce that the 10 a.m. call has been postponed.

9:34 a.m. Email from McCain campaign called “ICYMI: Clinton Supporters Voting For John McCain,” with a transcript of a recent Fox News segment. 680 words. Key quote: “We love Hillary Clinton.”

9:52 a.m. Email from the RNC called “Backgrounder: Campaign Money Watch,” attacking a nonprofit of the same name for being a “partisan organization,” which has taken money from “radicals” like George Soros. 782 words. Key quote: “They have no credibility.”

Don’t worry. There’s more. Post-10 a.m. after the jump.


10:02 a.m. Email from Campaign Money Watch, reminding me of the organizations conference call at 11:30 a.m. to announce an FEC complaint against John McCain.

10:09 a.m. Email from RNC announcing an 11 a.m. conference call with Missouri Gov. Roy Blunt to discuss Obama’s visit to Missouri.

10:26 a.m. Email from DNC called “The Daily Flipper.” 1,531 words. Key quote: “McCain hit with another FEC complaint.”

11:05 a.m. Email from RNC with links to five blogs discussing Jim Johnson’s ties to Countrywide Financial.

11:16 a.m. Email from Obama campaign called “John McCain’s Promise of Four More Years of the Bush Economy.” 3,418 words. Key quote: “McSame.”

11:40 a.m. Email from DNC responding to an RNC attack website that was recently launched. 1,332 words. Key quote: “McCain misleading Americans.”

11:55 a.m. Email from RNC called “Obama’s Housing Default,” highlighting, again, Jim Johnson’s ties to mortgage lenders. 2,173 words. Key quote: “The sweetheart deals and subprime ties.”

12:06 p.m. Email from DNC called “Why Virginia is in Play.” 2,036 words. Key quote: “Virginians vote for progress.”

12:14 p.m. Email from Campaign Money Watch announcing that the FEC complaint has been filed.

12:20 p.m. Email from DNC called “McCain Myth Buster.” 918 words. Key quote: “McCain’s distortion on capital gains comes as no surprise.”

12:27 p.m. Email from the McCain campaign saying the conference call will now happen at 1:45 p.m.

1:05 p.m. Email from the RNC pointing to another blog post by Marc Ambinder about the Jim Johnson issue.

1:19 p.m. Email from the RNC pointing to a new Fox News blog post about the same issue.

1:40 p.m. Email from the DNC with questions reporters should ask on the 1:45 p.m. conference call. 1,817 words. Key quote: “fact sheet below.”

2:45 p.m. Email from RNC about former Sen. John Breaux critiquing Obama’s windfall profits tax proposal on MSNBC.

3:25 p.m. Email from DNC critiquing the 1:45 p.m. conference call. 1,302 words. Key quote: “Doug Holtz-Eakin took his shameless political attacks to hypocritical new lows.”

4:10 p.m. Email from Obama campaign attacking McCain’s gas tax holiday idea. 458 words. Key quote: “So what?”

COMING SOON: Vol. II. THE 4:10 to 11:59 p.m. EMAILS. THEY WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!

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