Center Of Attention
My home state of Michigan is getting a lot of attention tonight. We're having our presidential primary today, which is a good thing. It means an end to all those political ads and robo calls we've been getting!
Aren't those robo-callers getting clever. They even know and say your name when you answer. "Hi Dave, this is . . . " I was a little skeptical when wife Wendy told me that an automated calling program referred to me by name.
"How do you know it wasn't a real person calling?" I asked.
"Because he called me Dave," she replied.
Those robo-callers are getting more sophisticated. I got a call this week from someone trying to sell me a health alert pendant and was quite insistent that I hold on the line while they got a specialist to talk to me.
"We're not interested," I responded, at least four times when they kept asking. Only after they relented and said goodbye did I realize I may not have been speaking to a real person at all, but to some voice recognition software program that kept delivering canned responses to my repeated refrain of not interested.
If I would have guessed that sooner, I would have said something completely nonsensical. Or started talking in Spanish just to see if the robo-caller would do the same.
"Como estas, usted?"
Anyway, back to the Michigan primary. Yes I did vote. Not Wendy. She didn't like any of the candidates. But I thought I would vote for Romney, not necessarily because I'm a big Romney fan or even a card-carrying Republican, but because I don't like to see a Michigan guy lose to some guy who spends a lot of time in Ohio wearing a sweater vest, like U of M's arch-nemesis, former OSU football coach Jim Tressel.
That's Santorum who wears the sweater vest. While walking back from the polls, I ecountered a man wearing an Obama sweatshirt who said he was headed himself to the polls to cast his vote for Santorum. Since Michigan has an open primary, all anybody has to do is ask for a Republican or Democrat ballot. Even Obama himself could ask for a Republican ballot, if he lived here in Michigan and wanted to be mischievous.
I just checked and Romney is a few thousand votes up. More importantly, we haven't had a robo-call all night.