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The title of this post is not a horoscope; it's a fact. Whether you like it or not, you will receive an inordinately large amount of email this week.

The surge of email will come primarily from Democratic candidates who are running for federal office: House, Senate and president. The emails will be asking you for money so that the candidates can report to the Federal Election Commission that they had a lot of money in their campaign bank accounts on March 31. The more money candidates report to the FEC, the more seriously they will be taken by party committees like the DCCC and DSCC, by political reporters, and by third party groups looking to influence electoral outcomes.

There are going to be a number of worthy candidates to help out, and you should definitely look through the emails you receive to find the Democrats you would most like to see elected to office. But before you do, take some time to once again consider a fundraising appeal from an unusual source—Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)—in a speech he gave a few days ago at a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment:

As the only Republican Congressman at a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) gave women an unexpected piece of advice: Give your money to Democrats.

"I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under assault," he told the crowd of mostly women. "I'll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side -- my side -- has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can't succeed without your help." […]

"This is a dogfight, it's a fistfight, and you have all the cards," he said. "I can only tell you to get out there and use them. Tell the other women, the other 51 percent of the population, to kick in a few of their bucks. Make it matter, get out there, get on TV, advertise, talk about this. The fact that you want [the ERA] is evidence that you deserve it and you need it."

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No matter how important the FEC fundraising deadline is, it is always important to remember the more fundamental reasons why we need to support good candidates. Over the past two months, we have been starkly and repeatedly reminded that one of those reasons is to turn the tide in the very real conservative war on women. It is remarkable to hear a Republican member of Congress who was elected to office during the tea party wave of 2010 so accurately describe what we need to do to fight back.

On the Daily Kos Orange to Blue page, we have three of the strongest women running for office that you will find anywhere: Elizabeth Warren, Darcy Burner, and Ann McLane Kuster. Please, contribute $5 to their campaigns, and help them become part of a new wave of progressive women that will make conservatives and Republicans pay at the ballot box for their ongoing, nationwide assault against women's rights.

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  •  Darcy Burner will have a hard time winning (1+ / 0-)
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    hnichols

    the swing district she's running. Suzan DelBene might be a more practical choice for the orang-to blue endorsement as she seems to be a much better campaigner than Burner.

    Pro Israel, Pro Peace, and a Proud Mass-hole

    by progressive from Mass on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:05:32 PM PDT

    •  But,but......I already get a lot of E Mail from (0+ / 0-)

      Democratic Candidates and orgs......how much more can I get?

       But maybe it's Darcy's turn this time around.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:20:41 PM PDT

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    •  Not (0+ / 0-)

      Suzan is a nice person and reasonably progressive, but Darcy is more progressive and much stronger at carrying the banner. Suzan has 2 things Darcy does not have: an executive resume and a shitload of money. But what Darcy has that Suzan doesn't is a lot of passion for the 99% and the ability to get people excited about voting for her.

      Darcy released an internal poll 1.5 months ago and one interesting thing about that is Suzan has very little name recognition. A majority of likely Dem voters don't have and impression of her, whereas more than half have a positive impression of Darcy. It's interesting because Suzan more recently ran in the 8th district (in 2010). But people remember much more the 2 previous times when Darcy ran. She got people excited. If Suzan were a better campaigner, people would remember her more.

      Suzan can spend a lot of money, but the Republicans will be relentless at saying she is in the 1% and with less name recoginition they will have more success at defining her than they will Darcy.

      And as Kos & Chris and others on DailyKos have said many times, we do better when our candidates give people a real reason to vote for them, rather than trying to please people by moving to the center. Darcy is the candidate that will excite people to get out and vote for her because she will be the strongest champion of the middle class.

      Daves Redistricting: 50 states + DC & PR w/ 2010 data. 42 states + DC w/ election data.

      by dgb on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 05:00:18 PM PDT

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      •  Fair enough (0+ / 0-)

        However, after two consecutive losses in Democratic waves, it make me a bit skeptical that Darcy can really pull it off. DelBene got a higher percentage of the vote and nearly won in an extraordinarily tough year so I think she deserves a shot at it in a more neutral election.

        Pro Israel, Pro Peace, and a Proud Mass-hole

        by progressive from Mass on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 05:09:23 PM PDT

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        •  Too simple (0+ / 0-)

          I know others have made that argument, but it's too simple. We did not see as significant a drop off in voting in 2010 as much of the rest of the country, so it was not "extrordinarily tough" here. And Delbene spent a lot more in her loss. Delbene got the Seattle Times endorsement after they had seriously hated on Darcy the 2 previous elections. Delbene's campaign performance is not a reason to give her the chance.

          This race will be tough for whichever Dem gets thru the primary. But it's no cakewalk for Koster (the 1 R) either. It's a swing district. The key for the Dem will be to get a solid Majority in King County (part of Seattle suburbs and overall affluent) and then get as many Dems and Dem leaning independents in the northern counties to come out and vote. Koster's base is Snohomish County (just north of King) where he is a county councilman. The part of Whatcom that the 1st has is conservative so that will go for him, too, but there are Dems throughout the area, but not many rich Dems. Someone who speaks to them and they feel will really fight for them against Wall Street will give them reason to come out and vote. That is key. I think Darcy will be better at making that case.

          Daves Redistricting: 50 states + DC & PR w/ 2010 data. 42 states + DC w/ election data.

          by dgb on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 05:31:51 PM PDT

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  •  For me (2+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, hnichols

    the heartbreaker and shocker of them all on that awful Wednesday morning was finding out that Annie Kuster had narrowly lost to Charlie Bass.  That was a race we expected to win.
    A rematch is most certainly in order.

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:05:56 PM PDT

  •  Shouldn't we see how he stands on all the (2+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, hnichols

    issues? If he was swept in with the teabaggers, maybe he's a teabagger. Maybe he's smart enough to realize that women are pissed at Repukes, so he's just kissing up. I got snookered once, and that was enough.

    Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

    by HappyinNM on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:08:16 PM PDT

  •  I've been unsubscribing from Democratic Party (1+ / 0-)
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    hnichols

    mailing lists. This will give me a chance to further prune. Soon, I'll only be receiving email from a very select few Democrats. Just as well since I'll soon be leaving the Party. I've had it with Republicrats/Demopublicans.

    "I wish I could tell you, in the midst of all of this, that President Obama was waging the kind of fight against these draconian Republican proposals that the American people would like to see. He is not." -- Senator Bernie Sanders

    by Sagebrush Bob on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:12:30 PM PDT

    •  That's useful (4+ / 0-)

      Since our choices are to operate within the two-party system or sit out and have our vote be rendered meaningless.

      If you don't see a difference between Republicans and Democrats, you either don't have or have never seen a vagina, a minority, a homosexual, or anyone making less than 100k a year.

      This kind of attitude not only sucks...it makes me want to reach through the screen and slap the everloving shit out of you. Grow up.

      •  Liberal Ostrich (1+ / 0-)
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        I've been one but no more. I've pulled my head out of the sand and I'm not sticking it back in.

        The Paradox of Self Deception - The Strange Case of the Liberal Ostrich

        I have described a familiar mechanism for coping with incoherence and unpleasant facts. But even more is at stake. Our liberal sees the political world as coextensive with the world of the two-Party system, and he correctly rules the Republicans out. Thus, were he disallowed to commit to the Democrats, he’d be left with no politics at all. He’d be deprived of the linguistic and conceptual resources he has limited himself to, the cognitive means, to think about the political. He will perceive your heterodoxy as making political choice impossible for him. This can’t be tolerated. If accepting the self-contradictory or counterfactual implications of one’s politics is the price to pay for having any politics at all, then so be it.
        An example in neon of political self deception can be found in an article, “Obama: The Conservative in 2012,” in the Washington Post (Dec. 25, 2011) by E.J.Dionne
        Is Dionne unaware that Obama, in The Audacity of Hope and in multiple interviews, has described the liberalism of FDR and LBJ as “the old-time religion”? He’s averred that of all postwar presidents, his greatest admiration goes to Ronald Reagan, who understood that in a commercially globalized world economic policy must follow “a fundamentally different path.” He’s repeated the mantra that government may respond to severe unemployment only by offering bribes to companies (tax breaks) and banks (injections of liquidity) to hire and lend. Hiring and production are the business only of the private sector.

        In the FDR/LBJ tradition, Social Security was refered to as “the third rail” of American politics. It was inconceivable that any Democrat would consider touching it. Your political career, be you Democrat or Republican, would be over were you to suggest either reducing benefits or extending the retirement age. Even the Tea Party seems to be in step with that. But Obama isn’t. Recall, it wasn’t the Republicans who “put Social Security on the table” during the silly debt ceiling controversy. How could Dionne and many other Democratic stalwarts think of Obama as a champion of the New Deal legacy? Whether Obama is a liberal in the post-Depression pre-Carter sense of the term is not  a matter of theory or ideology. It is a matter of fact that he is not. Dionne and others of his kidney must know this, in the cognitively attenuated sense of ‘know’ required by the self-deceptive psychodynamics described above. But paying attention to it would wipe out the framework they depend on to think about politics at all.

        "I wish I could tell you, in the midst of all of this, that President Obama was waging the kind of fight against these draconian Republican proposals that the American people would like to see. He is not." -- Senator Bernie Sanders

        by Sagebrush Bob on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:43:41 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  In the words of (0+ / 0-)

        Naomi Klein:

        It's time to stop waiting for hope to be handed down, and start pushing it up, from the hoperoots."

        "I wish I could tell you, in the midst of all of this, that President Obama was waging the kind of fight against these draconian Republican proposals that the American people would like to see. He is not." -- Senator Bernie Sanders

        by Sagebrush Bob on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 05:52:12 PM PDT

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    •  Sagebrush, have you become a libertarian, or (0+ / 0-)

      teapublican?  I'm hoping Independent, or Socialist?

      •  I'll vote for the rare progressive Democrat (0+ / 0-)

        and other progressive/liberal candidates but I no longer see elections in their current form being a vehicle for change.

        Right now, we have far right, bat shit insane Republicans scaring Democrats into voting for Republicrats. And so it goes, the entire selection of candidates is designed to push the nation further to the right with each election cycle. Almost the entire selection of candidates are pro Corporate, pro Wall Street, anti Labor, anti Social Program shit heads. Beyond that, the campaign system is merely a tool similar to advertising and PR for the same monied owners that run the show.

        The way to "fix" this will not be simple and clear. It requires commitment, courage, ingenuity, dedication to the long view and unconventional tactics. Do I have all the answers? No. But the first step to dealing with a problem is to recognize it for what it is.

        Do I think the majority of Americans can and will "get it" and get off their knees? Judging by comments here, I'd say it's unlikely. The longer it takes the harder it will be. In fact, if people continue down this path long enough it may never happen.

        By continuing to vote for the lesser evil, all we've gotten is more evil -- with the Overton Window shifting so far to the right now that policies which were once mainstream Republican policies are now implemented and praised by mainstream Democrats while Republicans now describe the policies they once proposed/supported as being "Socialist." There's a reason we have nothing but clown car Republicans running for President this time. The establishment Republicans know that Obama's going to win barring a sudden worsening of the already lousy economy or other surprise event. They WANT Obama to win. He gets them almost everything they want without having to deal with resistance from Democrats. Also, when Obama's Republican policies fail, Republicans will be able to claim that Obama's "socialist" policies are to blame even though he's not even close to a socialist. Then when Republicans finally get back in the White House, they can "fix" things by moving the country even further to the right.

        To answer your question more directly. Hell no to Ron Paul and the Tea Party. He's a nut job that's dead wrong on economics and civil rights policies and his single largest donor is billionaire Peter Thiel who founded a contcontroversial defense company contracting to the CIA and the FBI last year it was caught operating an illegal spy ring targeting opponents of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

        For the Presidential election, I'll vote for Jill Stein or Rocky Anderson if either of them succeed in getting on the ballot in my state (an uphill climb). And yes, with regard to Rocky Anderson, I know that Americans Elect is completely untrustworthy. Still, I figure that supporting Rocky Anderson there will, at worst, muck up their plans and, at best, give us a better alternative than Obama or any of the Republicans.

        "I wish I could tell you, in the midst of all of this, that President Obama was waging the kind of fight against these draconian Republican proposals that the American people would like to see. He is not." -- Senator Bernie Sanders

        by Sagebrush Bob on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:58:35 PM PDT

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    •  Your reason to not help Democrats is (0+ / 0-)

      your opinion and your opinion only

      and so is my opinion

      Here on this blog we call for the election of Democrats

      We do not discourage the help needed to elect Democrats

      So cry a river if you must, but please remember the manners your mother taught you

      "NOT IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY"  

      •  I'm too afraid to adopt the cavalier attitude (0+ / 0-)

        of Sagebrush Bob. Because there is a chasm between today's Republicans and even most conservative Democrats. And in that gulf lies the rights and freedom of everyone who is not a straight, white, wealthy, Christian male. I don't believe we can sit on the sidelines. Rick Santorum and Barack Obama (however disappointed you are with him) live in different universes, and I don't want to live in Santorum's.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:42:26 PM PDT

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    •  I like to get the email (0+ / 0-)

      because I like to know what people are saying and doing.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:40:14 PM PDT

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  •  I can't afford to give them money (1+ / 0-)
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    foucaultspendulum

    And truthfully I resent being asked for money. MY VOTE should matter most and it doesn't.  Until we get big money out of our politics nothing will change. It doesn't matter how much money we pour into the system, the system is broken. I am disabled and live on SSD and while I do donate money to organizations I want to support (Planned Parenthood!!!) I cannot afford to give money to politicians.  

  •  Money... What REALLY gets politicians into office (0+ / 0-)

    And they remember who REALLY got them into office.

  •  Exactly true (1+ / 0-)
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    MKDAWUSS
    The more money candidates report to the FEC, the more seriously they will be taken by party committees like the DCCC and DSCC, by political reporters, and by third party groups looking to influence electoral outcomes.
    And, is there anyone that thinks that it shouldn't take $1billion to become president?

    I mean, it just screams graft and corruption and election fraud and "buying elections", doesn't it?

    I know this is not a favorite of most here, but VOE will end this....Voter Owned Elections.

    Guess we here, and everywhere else, is just too lazy and uncaring to do anything about all of the money in politics these days.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:34:58 PM PDT

    •  Well.. what do you want to do? (1+ / 0-)
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      Eyesbright

      The supreme court repeatedly ruled that money is a protected form of speech, so short of a constitutional amendment there isn't much congress can do to regulate campaign finances.

      Pro Israel, Pro Peace, and a Proud Mass-hole

      by progressive from Mass on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:40:17 PM PDT

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      •  I understand that, for sure (0+ / 0-)

        The SCOTUS has screwed up the entire electoral system in America.  It will forever be that those that receive the most because of promising the most will prevail...with exceptions, of course.  And, this isn't party specific.  It's just a travesty.  

        I can't argue your point.  I guess I'm just dreamin' that somehow, VOE could become the law of our "political land".

        - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

        by r2did2 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:49:05 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  In 2008 when my wife and I had more (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Says Who, Eyesbright, anastasia p

    wherewithal, we gave fairly freely to Obama and the Dems in general. This time we have to be more careful, but we will
    donate and we will phonebank. If you have any sense of what we're up against, you should give of your time or money, however modest it may be.

    And another note, that I've been harping on lately: Don't spend any time arguing with people here who still don't see any difference between Barack Obama and any garden variety fanatic on the right. Please consider that these commenters are a waste of time and put your energies elsewhere.  

    "...be still, and cry not aloud; for it is an unholy thing to boast over slain men." Odysseus, in Homer's Odyssey

    by Wildthumb on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:40:53 PM PDT

  •  Women running on the "D" side (1+ / 0-)
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    Andrew C White
    we have three of the strongest women running for office that you will find anywhere: Elizabeth Warren, Darcy Burner, and Ann McLane Kuster.
    Are there any other notable women running?

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:53:14 PM PDT

    •  See list I posted below of Democratic women (1+ / 0-)
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      r2did2

      challengers for US Senate this year.

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:19:05 PM PDT

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    •  In Ohio, we have Betty Sutton (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      r2did2

      whose district was eliminated by the state GOP and her home put in teabagger Jim Renacci's district. But the state GOP, in order to pull tricks that have our 50/50 state 12 Republican districts and 4 Democratic ones, ended up tossing a chunk of Cleveland's blue-collar, heavily union, heavily auto-industry dependent southwest suburbs into the district. Betty wrote Cash for Clunkers. As a man behind me wearing a UAW jacket called out when Debbie Wasserman-Schultz mentioned this at the opening of an Obama headquarters here in the Cleveland area recently, "That kept me employed!" People there have been organizing and hitting the ground for her for months. I'll probably help since my district is one of the "packed" 4 and I don't think there is even a Republican running.

      You can check Betty out here:
      http://www.bettysuttonforcongress.com/

      She's also a really nice, down-to-earth person.

      We have three other women running in Ohio but all will be elected or re-elected in a landslide: my congresswoman Marcia Fudge in the state's majority-minority district, Toledo's Marcy Kaptur whose district is so safe that the Republicans are letting Joe the Plumber play candidate, and Joyce Beatty in the new Oh-03 that was created to pack Democrats in the Columbus area. Joyce will give Ohio two African-American congresspeople.

      Also ultra-safe is Tim Ryan of Youngstown, in the state's fourth packed district. (If you are counting five here, the Sutton/Renacci district is Republican but kind of swingy).

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:49:46 PM PDT

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  •  The NH House (2+ / 0-)
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    got overtaken in 2010 by a veto proof majority of Tea Baggers, Libertarians and Free Staters who have ALEC'd, NOM'd and NRA'd the state into a mess.  The good news is that candidates on our side are jumping into the ring at a rapid rate, including a lot of women (we lost a lot of women from the legislature in 2010).  I am among those who lost my first bid in the last election and have decided to take the plunge again.
    NH's House has 400 seats, so it doesn't take a lot of money to run, but it takes time and energy and friends.  A lot of the state is rural, which makes canvassing difficult.  But I am excited by the energy on the Democratic side and we have a lot of crap to hold them responsible for.
     

    We believe in prosperity & opportunity, strong communities, healthy families, great schools, investing in our future and leading the world by example.

    by bloomingpol on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:57:49 PM PDT

  •  And consider these Democratic women (1+ / 0-)
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    gregsullmich

    challengers all for Senate seats:

    Elizabeth Warren - MA
    Tammy Baldwin - WI
    Shelley Berkley - NV
    Heidi Heitkamp - ND
    Mazie Hirono - HI
    Susan Bysiewicz - CT

    Let's turn the Republican assault on women into the Year of the Woman.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:16:49 PM PDT

  •  We should focus (0+ / 0-)

    on Congressional primary contests between Progressive Democrats and corporate-sponsored politicians with "D's" after their names; in districts where both candidates have a real chance of winning.

    Case in point: Eric Griego in NM-1.

  •  I think Richard Hanna is to be roundly applauded (2+ / 0-)
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    gregsullmich, General Goose

    and in another time I would welcome having someone that honest and forthright as an opponent.

    But in this day and time, while I still welcome honesty and forthrightness in the opposition, I also feel it necessary to oppose Republicanism wherever it is to be found.

    Hanna is still part of the Republican majority in the House and still votes for John Boehner for Speaker.

    He has a high quality opponent in one of Rep. Maurice Hinchey's staffers Dan Lamb in a district we can definitely win and count amongst the 26 we need to make Nancy Pelosi once again Speaker of the United State House of Representatives.

    There are plenty of Republicans I would want to see go before Hanna but at this point lets get rid of as many of them as we can whenever and wherever we can.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:25:49 PM PDT

  •  I see these pleas for money constantly (1+ / 0-)
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    rockrgirl8

    Although I gave money to Democrats in the past I'm unemployed now and just trying to survive. I have told my story to Obama (only when he has asked, not whining) on several occasions with no response. Apparently he was happy to take my money but not able to offer even a response when I don't have any. I have unsubscribed to almost everything because I'm sick of hearing it.

    This seems to be an across the board attitude and I'm kind of fed up with it. I HAVE NO MONEY AND I'M JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE. Forgive me if I don't open my pocketbook and dump out all the contents when I'm trying to figure out how to eat and my wife is looking to me to be her support and her lifeline. I'm a very old guy and I am used to being the breadwinner. I have been used to making a lot of money in the past but not now. She sees me as a complete failure.

    I suppose this is a win win for Republicans. Put all the Democrats out of work and then they can't put money into winning elections. A really shitty economy works for Republicans on so many levels.

    •  I'm not sure what response you want (0+ / 0-)

      You want him to find you a job or send you a note saying "I'm sorry you're unemployed"? He's sent out a LOT of emails talking about job creation and how he's fighting the Republican attempts to "cut spending" and in the process cut millions more jobs.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:57:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Tweet brought up the subject (0+ / 0-)

        Obama (well, really his staff) sent me an email where he supposedly wanted to know why I hadn't contributed. I told them and the response was nada. I guess I'm just a statistic on their charts. I'm not naive. I know all this crap is automated and there are no humans involved but when you're down and out it's just piling on. It's dehumanizing when you're on your last leg and no one give a crap.

        Tweet brought up the subject and at this point it's really a sore spot with me. I responded because that's kind of the point of writing diaries on the internet.

        I will vote for Democrats no matter what. I believe in the great dream. But I'm not part of the game anymore and it's disconcerting to me.

  •  Bring it On Chris - I feel deprived when your (0+ / 0-)

    emails are lacking....

    Looking forward to what's up.

    PLEASE, by all means possible, THINK for yourself? Then make a difference in the world; by doing something good for someone else today.

    by laserhaas on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:34:49 PM PDT

  •  Please do! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    eeff

    Alas, all my planned donations went up in smoke this week when I learned my full-time job was being made part time. I My mortgage, utilities, and property taxes are going to have to take priority until I can find another full-time job or a part-time job to make up the difference. I urge everyone who can to adopt a candidate or candidates and support them as much as you can. And let's work to repeal Citizens United and to limit the flow of money into campaigns.

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

    by anastasia p on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:39:33 PM PDT

  •  I'll help Thursday (0+ / 0-)

    It will be hard to decide who to help

    Rob Zerban and Wayne Powell are at the head of my list.
    I receivced an e-mail about Patsy Keever NC-10.
    there are so many I'd like to say I helped

  •  Is there a place to get a summary (0+ / 0-)

    of how much I've given to whom this cycle?

    I give various ways.  

  •  My Money Will Go Elsewhere (0+ / 0-)

    In 2008 my wife and I donated far more than we had ever donated to a presidential candidate to Obama.  As many times as we could afford.  We donated two rooms to young people volunteering for Obama.  We canvassed for his campaign.  We fed people at campaign support events.  We volunteered at his Anchorage HQ, writing letters, phoning, sorting odds and ends.

    We will be doing NONE of that in 2012.  

    We are not alone.  Checking with young people who I worked with volunteering for him in 2008, about 1/4 will be returning to the campaign.

    We will contribute time and money to other Democratic Party candidates.  Only if they have a chance of winning, though.

    Instead, we're donating heavily to local environmental battles, like the one where we live to stop Wishbone Hill coal mine from going in.

    Far better to do that than donate to or directly support a president who should be in the docket in the Hague for what we are enabling in Yemen.

    Among other things.

  •  Send a real Wisconson progressive to Congress (0+ / 0-)

    Mark Pocan is running in a Democratic primary for Tammy's old House seat.  He is a solid progressive with a sterling record in the WI legislature. He's facing a Democratic 1%er who has never served in any elected office,  trying to buy the DC seat with his own millions.  I don't care if you are a D or an R, the chance to go to Washington should not be up fore sale.
    I don't know how to put a link in here, but you can donate to Pocan on his site or on Act Blue. Check out Pocan's record and you will find the kind of real Democrat who very much needs your support.
    To use your money well in politics these days, you need to get the camera in very tight indeed. But it's still important to do that. They are NOT "all the same."

     

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