To echo something Doug said the other day, I receive email from folks through the blog’s drop-down menu from time to time, but never more so than over the course of the last week. It’s a measure of the scope of this cataclysmic event we’re all experiencing together.
Some of my mail has resembled primal scream therapy, and I completely understand and add my wails to my correspondents’ howls. But others had ideas about constructive things we can do while we gear up for the Trumpocalypse. Below are a few good ideas.
Elect Foster Campbell in Louisiana
Valued commenter DeliciousGuac points out that there’s a runoff in Louisiana on December 10 to replace Diaper Dave Vitter in the US Senate. The Democrat in that race, Foster Campbell, is an underdog. But DG says turnout is likely to be low, and “with enough volunteers and money, he’s got a shot.”
The Republicans have a razor-thin margin in the Senate, so this seat is important. If you’re not tapped out, make it rain, people — send Foster Campbell to help the other Democrats hold off the Orcs as much as possible.
The Farm Team
The Dems have a farm team problem since the GOP controls so many statehouses. If the shit-gibbon fails in spectacular fashion (best case scenario, IMO), we’ll need a new generation of rising star Democrats to take advantage of that.
Reader Joe suggested that we highlight local and state-level pols who could become players at the next level, and red state people are obviously an important part of addressing our Electoral College problem. His pick is Pete Buttigieg, the popular, young, gay mayor of South Bend, IN.
Do you know of any good farm team Dems to highlight in your local municipal offices or state legislatures? How about federal representatives who don’t get a lot of ink? If so, feel free to discuss them in comments.
We seem to be a pretty involved bunch here, so I suspect many of us are already active in local-level politics. If not, we need to be.
Good News for Democrats
Last week was obviously a catastrophe since we now have an unhinged, unprepared, racist, sexist man-baby taking an ad hoc “Presidentin’ for Dummies” course from the best president of our lifetimes. But I hear there were a few bright spots Tuesday night.
Charlie Pierce gives a rundown of some here, including the fact that the meatheads in Florida rejected an energy company scam disguised as a solar power ballot initiative. (So you were shrewd enough to see through that con but otherwise voted for a conman for the top job? Aaaarrrrgh, you stupid, stupid fucks!)
But I digress. Did anything good happen in your state? Let’s hear it, if so; dog knows we could use some good cheer.
And finally, some suggestions from valued commenter CarolDuhart2, who shares that she has donated to the NAACP, DNC, the ACLU, Free Speech TV and other worthy outlets. I donated to the ACLU myself, which reports that it has received record donations in the wake of the election. We’re going to need them.
Also, if you’d like to send a thank-you note to Hillary Clinton, here’s the address:
P.O. Box 5256
New York, NY 10185-5256
She ran a brave and principled campaign. I’m going to thank her for that.
Anyhoo, that’s all I’ve got for now. Open thread!