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So I long ago realized Obama will win. It may or may not be close. A good friend, Rock Hackshaw, a local blogger and politician, predicted "it won't even be close" some months ago. And he was one of the first people I know to have predicted an Obama win in 2008.

The Rom/Ry ticket advocates a return to the horribly failed Bush policies that gutted the American economy and created our largest deficits ever. America still is angry at the Greedy Oil Party for the stupid failures of the Bush years and they realize that Rom/Ry want to go back to those failed Bush policies. But we need to do more.

It is Congress I am worried about. We need to hold the Senate and make gains in both the Senate and the House. Ideally we would win big in both, but that will take a lot of work. But it is work worth doing.

But I also think we have a real shot of embarrassing the Republicans on their home ground, and this dovetails with gains I would like us to make in Congress and on local levels. Looking at the race for the presidency we have:

Mittens "1%" Rom, former governor of Massachusetts

Paul "teabagger elitist" Ry, congressman from Wisconsin

Barack "making history" Obama, former Senator from Illinois

and Joe "I don't plagiarize anymore" Biden, former Senator from Delaware.

Now I don't know of any close races in Delaware, but I do know that Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Illinois are states with some pretty darned critical races, and in addition to simply seeing Obama/Biden defeat Rom/Ry, I would love to see the Greedy Oil Party SLAMMED into defeat in the same states that these Pres and VP candidates come from.

I want to see us come as close to sweeping every close race possible in Wisconsin (a key battleground state for several years), Massachusetts, and Illinois. In the process we can help some really damned good Democrats win over really sleazy GOPers.

See below for my new focus for November.

To donate to the following candidates, please visit my Embarrass Romney/Ryan 2012 Act Blue website. I will match at least partly the first three donations made. Our future hangs in the balance this year, so I am hoping you guys make me shell out a LOT of money on this. I can't afford it but I feel I can't afford NOT to.

If we win most of these races, we will be REALLY kicking ass this year.

NOTE: I base my choices partly on candidates I like, partly on Democracy for America, partly on Progressive Majority, and partly on a conservative-website-I-tend-to-follow's view of what they consider close races.

Let's begin with the Rom's own state of Massachusetts. He was Gov there, and not as bad as most Repubs, but not great. Now Romney won't win Mass even though he is a former Gov...but it will be so much more satisfying if he not only loses himself, but his party loses two close and key races for Congress: Senate and MA-6. Both are close races.

MA-SEN:

This is one of our most important fights this year. It is a toss up race that is really neck and neck. Winning a major Senate seat race in Romney's own state would be really, really sweet.

Elizabeth Warren is a great candidate. Check out her profile on Democracy for America's website.

MA-6:

This is a close House race in Massachusetts. Holding onto this seat helps us in Congress.

Now let's turn to one of the most important swing states in the country. We have been fighting anti-union extremism here for 2 years now, and we have been winning several recall elections on the state level. Paul Ryan comes from Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a strong progressive, pro-labor, pro-farmer background that could turn so solidly against the Republicans their heads would spin. Democrats haven't fought hard enough for this state's heart and soul. The Rom picked Ryan because they want to make us fight for Wisconsin. Well let's turn the tables. We WILL win Wisconsin for Obama. I have no doubt about that. But let's make our win go deeper. Let's win every close Congressional seat and let's defend our new lead in the state senate.

My family first moved to Wisconsin (Milwaukee) after coming from Europe. So I feel some personal, family connection to winning in Wisconsin. My visits to Wisconsin (pretty much Madison for conferences) have been very enjoyable experiences. I would love to see Wisconsin follow its strong progressive history right about now and solidly reject the Rom/Ry advocacy of returning to failed Bush policies. Here are the key races:

WI-SEN:

The tea party is really aiming for this seat. We need to defend it if we want to hold onto the Senate. We also need to show Ryan that his greedy and cruel vision for Wisconsin and America is a failure and that his own state prefers the more progressive vision of Tammy Baldwin.

You can read more about Tammy Baldwin at Democracy for America.

WI-01:

Rob Zerban is running for Paul Ryan's own seat. I say lets fight the right on their own territory. If we can give Ryan a run for his (ample) money right in his own district it will send a clear message how sick America is of his extremist views.

WI-07:

This is a key House race. This is a real chance to pick up a seat from the Republicans.

Patrick Kreitlow has been endorsed by the Intl. Association of Firefighters, Steelworkers Union, National Farmers Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters, AFL-CIO, League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Sierra Club, United Auto Workers, WI Federation of Nurses, and WI Alliance for Retired American, among others.

WI-08:

This is another pick up opportunity for Democrats in the House.

Jamie Wall has been endorsed by Green Bay Firefighters, the Alliance of Retired Americans, the Teamsters, Human Rights Campaign, American Federation of Teachers- Wisconsin, American Nurses Association, United Auto Workers, and many others.

WI-SD-18:

Jessica King is one of my favorite Democrats. And she has been for several years.

Jessica King is one of the best things to happen to the Wisconsin State Senate, winning one of the hard fought recall elections against the right wing extremist Republicans. Jessica King is intelligent and very capable and will make an excellent State Senator.

She has been endorsed by Progressive Majority and is one of America's best progressives. Let's make sure she wins re-election.

WI-SD-32:

Jennifer Shilling is another Progressive Majority endorsed candidate who won one of the recall elections. And this is another seat worth defending.

WI-SD-22:

Bob Wirch was one of the Democrats targeted by Republicans for recall...but we beat them, defending Bob's Senate seat. Let's show him we still have his back. Bib Wirch is also endorsed by Progressive Majority.

WI-SD-30:

Dave Hansen was also one of the Democrats targeted by Republicans for recall...but again, we beat them. Let's show him we still have his back. Dave Hansen is also endorsed by Progressive Majority.

NOW I want to turn to the state that elected Obama to the Senate: Illinois. It would be great to sweep the close races in Rom's Massachusetts and Ry's Wisconsin. But it would ALSO be sweet to sweep the many close races in President Obama's Illinois. Here they are (sorry Biden...don't find close races in Delaware):

IL-17:

This is a seat we can pick up from the Greedy Oil Party. But it's going to be close.

IL-11:

This is a close race and one that we absolutely have to win to make gains in Congress...particularly if we want Congress to start accepting global warming as an issue we need to deal with.

Bill Foster is one of my favorite candidates. He was a renowned scientist turned businessman who has already served in Congress. It is time to send him back to Congress. We need more people with Bill's intelligence, practicality and scientific outlook.

Bill Foster has been endorsed by the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, AFL-CIO State Federation of Illinois, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Amalgamated Transit Union Local #308, and many others.

IL-13:

This is another very close race and an important pick up opportunity for Democrats.

Dr. David Gill has been endorsed by the United Auto Workers, AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Sierra Club, United Mine Workers of America, Democracy for America, Progressive Democrats of America, National Nurses United, and many others. He is a true progressive and would be VERY valuable to have in Congress.

IL-08:

Captain Tammy Duckworth was a Black Hawk helicopter pilot fighting in Iraq. She lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm when her helicopter was shot down, and was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries.

President Obama appointed Captain Duckworth to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs where she sought to improve the standard of care for Vets. She oversaw VA's effort to end Veteran homelessness and lead initiatives for female Vets and increased accessibility and accountability with the new Office of Online Communications.

We have a REALLY good shot at picking up this seat.

IL-12:

This is a seat we could lose. If we want to make gains in the House, we need to defend it. The Greedy Oil Party is really trying to take this seat from us.

Bill Enyart is the former head of the Illinois National Guard. He is pro-labor and would be a committed Congressman.

IL-10:

This is a close race but one we have a good shot of winning.

Brad Schneider has been endorsed by the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, United Auto Workers, League of Conservation Voters, NARAL, Human RIghts campaign, United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners, and many others.

Help me win these critical races and in the process embarrass the Greedy Oil Party.

Again, you can donate through my visit my Embarrass Romney/Ryan 2012 Act Blue website. And I will try to match at least partly the first three donations made.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:52:13 AM PDT

  •  Why wait until November? (2+ / 0-)
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    Embarrass them every single day, just by showing them as they really are.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 11:17:15 AM PDT

  •  Rob Zerban links. Donation now sends message (2+ / 0-)
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    Even a small amount today sends a huge message. I'm in Indiana and got a robocall from Rob Zerban about the VP announcement.  It was an excellent message and I really like Rob. At the end he asked for my support and even though it was a robocall I said, "You got it!"

    I can't wait to see Ryan go down to defeat in WI-01 AND the presidential election.

    Rob is an excellent candidate that deserves support, but in addition, any amount we give to Rob now will send a message about Ryan.

    Rob Zerban's Act Blue Page

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    Donate at Rob Zerban's web site

    You have excellent choices, mole.  Love this diary.

    Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

    by ParkRanger on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 01:21:58 PM PDT

    •  THANKS! (3+ / 0-)
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      I really am hoping we can defeat this right wing extremist meme that Bush put into practice and the Teabaggers keep harping on. We need REAL solutions, not failed right wing extremist ideology which is all the Greedy Oil Party offers.

      Democrats are flawed, but Republicans are advocating NOTHING right. Dems at least are on board on most things that this country needs.

      FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

      by mole333 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 01:39:24 PM PDT

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      •  I'm flawed, mole. I don't expect politicians to (2+ / 0-)
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        be perfect.  For the most part Democrats do really want to help people in this country and Republicans seem to believe helping corporations will help people.  I just don't like the way Republicans think and their policies don't work.

        I actually like Ryan as the pick.  It gets the whole Ayn Rand GOP concepts front and center with no denying.  The Fox News watchers might buy into their spins, but the rest of the people aren't.

        They hit a live wire with this one.  Unless a person and their whole family is rich, they probably have a parent, grandparent, friend, relative or know someone who needs social security and medicare to survive.  This cuts across political groups or any demographic.  

        I feel even more fired up than before myself and I think a lot of Democrats will feel the same way.

        Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

        by ParkRanger on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 02:48:40 PM PDT

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        •  I'm not flawed... (2+ / 0-)
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          I'm perfect...and humble ; -)

          One way I put it is this. ALL the best politicians I have known are Democrats. ALL the worst politicians I have known are Republicans. I may have known some lousy Dems and a few good Repubs, but it doesn't alter the overall pattern.

          Agree regarding Dems really wanting to help people.

          FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

          by mole333 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 03:14:39 PM PDT

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          •  I'm walking with you on the same path, mole. (2+ / 0-)
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            Forward!! :)

            I like the perfect, but humble, too.  That's a good combo.

            Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

            by ParkRanger on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 04:40:33 PM PDT

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            •  And re: your user name... (2+ / 0-)
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              Where are you a park ranger. Once knew a couple of park rangers in California. Can't remember their names, but one at a desert park in California was a kick ass speaker we invited for a college course on Wilderness and Human Values.

              Strikes me as both a hard and wonderful job.

              FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

              by mole333 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 05:45:31 PM PDT

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              •  Still sad after all these years, but I wasn't a (2+ / 0-)
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                ParkRanger. I started college in forestry and married in the midst of everything. I'm female btw.  Changed everything.  My heart is still there after all these years and it was an impulse to choose that username when I signed up here.  ParkRanger feels like home now.

                A few park related ramblings:

                Do you like mystery books?  Nevada Barr writes some really excellent mysteries about park ranger Anna Pigeon -- very vivid descriptions of the parks.

                The park service is very forward looking: National Park Service: Climate change response program

                I was going to give you the link to watch the grizzlies fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park in Alaska, but I just looked and no bears -- the salmon have mostly moved on.  

                Check in September after spawning, the circle of life will be completed and the salmon bodies will wash downstream where the cubs, moms and everyone will get a feast to fatten up for winter.

                Brown bear and salmon cam: lower river

                I think being a park ranger would be a wonderful job, too.  

                Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

                by ParkRanger on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 11:11:14 PM PDT

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                •  Spent many days backpacking... (1+ / 0-)
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                  Used to be a backpacking leader in California. Spent many days backpacking in the various state and national parks. I am older and more sedentary now, but enjoyed it for many years.

                  FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

                  by mole333 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 06:39:10 AM PDT

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                  •  Backpacking sounds so wonderful. I'm pretty (1+ / 0-)
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                    much looking at nature from the window of my apartment these days -- still love it though.  The bear cam was wonderful -- almost like being there.

                    Have a wonderful Sunday!

                    Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

                    by ParkRanger on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:23:27 AM PDT

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  •  Rmoney and Lyin' Ryan *are* an embarrassment. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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