Political Appeal

Well the Global Worldwide Headquarters of Campaign Outsider was all abuzz Tuesday when a letter poured in from Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

After his rather crisp salutation (Dear Fellow Commonwealth Resident), the governor wrote this:

Now more than ever, it is critical that every one of us plan for future long-term support needs!

Politician, heed thyself. (See here and here.)

But actually, the letter isn’t about Patrick’s reelection prospects. It’s about the hardworking staff’s retirement plans.

We are excited to offer you a comprehensive guide to help you plan for your future and the future of your loved ones.

Gov. Patrick’s letter says we just need to go to www.longtermcare.gov/campaign to get the exciting details.

Except that link took us to the website for the National Clearinghouse for Longterm Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Where Patrick meant to send us was  www.longtermcare.gov/campaign/ma, which took the hardworking staff to . . . the website for the National Clearinghouse for Longterm Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – but with a Bay State greeting:


Welcome! You have just taken an important step towards planning for your future. Your State is partnering with the United States Department of Health and Human Services to provide a FREE Long-Term Care Planning Kit that can help you understand your long-term care risks and options, and plan for your future long-term care needs. Planning for your future now is essential to ensuring that you remain as independent as possible if or when you need long-term care.

So the gov’s just hitchhiking here on a federal senior citizen initiative that has the conveniently ironic theme, Embrace Your Future.

Totally cheesey.

At this rate, Patrick will soon be embracing a future in the private sector.


The hardworking staff also received this Facebook message on Tuesday:

Subject: Congressman James McGovern

John -I hope you’re well. As you’ve probably heard, Jim has an announced Republican opponent. We’re trying to build up the support numbers on Jim’s Facebook fan page. We’re asking supporters to visit Jim’s fan page and click on the ‘suggest to friends’ link on the left side of the page. From there, we’re asking that you suggest that your friends become a fan of Jim’s. You can visit Jim’s page here:


Thanks for your help.

Not to get technical about it, but there’s been no help.

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