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Hillary's 'Genie in a Bottle'

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 4/11/2015 Evan Pondel

I finally put my finger on what bothers me about Hillary Clinton's campaign: Christina Aguilera, the pop star who rose to prominence in the late 1990s with her hit single, "Genie in a Bottle."
Christina emailed me recently with the subject line, "Will you come to a party at my house?" Apparently, she is hosting a soiree at her home in Beverly Hills for Hillary, and all you have to do is make a campaign contribution of at least $5 and then hope that your name will be added to the guest list.
I should mention that in Christina's email there is a disclaimer when you click on the button "add your name" that says "No purchase, payment, or contribution is necessary to win, and will not improve chances of winning," but you know how that goes.
I'm OK with giving money to candidates, and I have made a couple of nominal contributions of my own to Hillary's campaign. What I'm not OK with is when a politician attempts to rally support by aligning with a celebrity who is incongruous to my needs and wants as a voter, and then has the audacity to get the celebrity to send a faux email to supporters.

The funny thing is, Christina and Hillary have a lot in common.
For starters, their popularity reached epic proportions in the late 1990s, followed by a thinning out in the early 2000s, only for both women to experience resurgences when Hillary first ran for president and Christina joined the cast of The Voice.
I doubt Hillary's campaign gurus thought it would be a good idea to align the two women because of parallels in the peaks and valleys of their careers. But really, what are Hillary's people thinking: If you squint your eyes just so, C&H actually look alike? It is true that both women dye their hair blond and are fond of red lipstick.

Seriously, though, if Hillary is looking for star power, there are countless of other celebrities who would resonate with me and other like-minded voters. My short list (without actually knowing if these folks support Hillary): Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Lady Gaga or how about Beyoncé?

On second thought, scratch Beyoncé from the list because she already stumped for President Obama. You may recall that Obama's campaign sent supporters an email from Beyoncé in 2012 under the subject line: "I don't usually email you."
I guess it makes sense that Hillary has hired several of the same digital campaign strategists who helped Obama. The problem is that these kinds of personalized email gimmicks, especially when it comes from random pop stars, are tacky to say the least.
I expect more from Hillary. Not to mention that in the last six months I've received more than a half-dozen seemingly personalized emails from the former first lady asking me to dinner. The ploy of these emails, much like Christina's, is that I must donate money to have a chance to break bread with the woman.
Hillary, the "genie" is not out of the bottle, yet.

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