Because somehow that makes a difference

We were sitting on the couch reading this evening when there was a knock at the door.

I got up to answer it to find a representative from the Democratic Party. Having taken my name from the list of registered voters (upon which I'm registered as an independent, not to be confused with the American Independent party), which apparently, in California is recorded as "decline to state". It would seem the assumption in California is that everyone is really part of a party, but some people just don't like to say so publicly, so you get registered as "decline to state".

Anyway, this representative from the Democratic Party just wanted to see if he could change my registration to be a Democrat if I didn't mind. I don't really see why this matters much, but after declining his offer to change my party he proceeded to tell me about the Republican candidate for governor, Meg Whitman, who was apparently not going to be good but not for any specific reason.

After rambling on for a bit I interrupted to again state I wasn't interested in changing my party affiliation.

The funny part is, he left and I still know nothing about the Democratic candidate or any reason why I should vote for him or her, but I do know that the Republican candidate is Meg Whitman. I have a tip for the Democrats, that's not great marketing. You had someone at my door talking to me and didn't give me a single reason to vote for your candidate or even drop the name of your candidate. Instead you gave some vague generalities about how the other candidate was going to be bad but didn't actually give any reasons why she'd be bad.

Not effective campaigning, at least to me. If anything you made me annoyed that your platform is apparently "the other candidate is bad."