The Corner

As Bad As Telemarketers

I just received a recorded phone call at home from Sen. John Warner, urging my family to vote for George Allen. We’ve been getting at least two political calls per day for the last week, from both parties, mostly about the Senate race but also about a state referendum. They are seriously annoying. I can see how a call or two can help motivate turnout, but this bombardment of unsolicited calls makes me wonder whether some people will retaliate by not voting at all.

My private phone number is on the federal do-not-call registry, which keeps telemarketers from bugging me. The politicians, of course, have exempted themselves from this ban. They shouldn’t.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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