This afternoon, an official-looking "Congressional Research Survey" landed in my mail among all the catalogs and credit card offers.
The light blue envelope looked very official, with a "tracking code" and warnings that it contains "registered material." In fact, the names of my Senators and Congressman were visible through a glassine window.
Inside, I was warned that the survey is "non-transferable."
It was created by Dr. Ralph Reed to pick up where the Tea Party Caucus left off, He makes no bones that its purpose is to "send a powerful message to conservative candidates for Congress and the Senate in 2014 that they would do well to make ObamaCare the main issue and focus of the 2014 mid-term elections."
That kind of pre-supposes the results of the survey, but considering the structure of the questions, it was probably a safe assumption.
For example, this is Question 3:
Issue Summary: The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution states as follows:
'The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Do you think ObamaCare is CONSTITUTIONAL, and consistent with liberty? Or is ObamaCare an UNCONSTITUTIONAL assault on America as the "land of the free?"
It doesn't appear to matter that the Supreme Court settled that question. But then Question 4 makes it clear that the whole survey is unconnected to reality:
Issue Summary: President Obama is now using the ObamaCare law to force doctors and hospitals to investigate which patients own a gun so the federal government can track and monitor law-abiding gunowners. This is part of Obama's program to strip away your SECOND AMENDMENT right to keep and bear arms.
What's your reaction to President Obama's use of ObamaCare to go after gunowners, and to attack your rights...?
The other questions follow the same pattern and are clearly designed to elicit responses proving that people believe ObamaCare will lead to socialized medicine, rationing, higher costs, and America's very survival as "land of the free."
The technical terms for this is an "advocacy poll." It starts out with a desired result and crafts the questions to get it.
I'd like to say that Dr. Reed's timing is off. Sadly, I know there are plenty of people who will happily fill out the survey exactly as he'd like.
He's only going through the exercise for the donations that will accompany their responses. And he's counting on reigniting their outrage to open their wallets.
That's the worse kind of junk mail.