Reader A. writes in about a robocall she received late last week:
It asked if I was going to vote in the VA primary (yes), if I considered
myself a Republican (no), if I considered myself an independent (yes), if
it would affect my vote if I knew Huckabee had the endorsement of some
sort of machinists' union (no), if I considered myself pro-life (no), if
it would affect my vote to know that Romney changed his position multiple
times on abortion (no -- and why are they still asking about Romney?), if
it would affect my vote to know that McCain supports testing on unborn
babies (no -- and what?), if it would affect my vote to know that Huckabee
is the strongest candidate on life (no), and then a series of similar
questions on illegal immigration (first negative info on Romney, then on
McCain, then positive info on Huckabee). It was an odd call, since my
answers didn't seem to affect the script.
And I'm voting Obama anyway.
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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.