Hi everyone, I’m not dead yet. I really want to mobilize effective activism, but there isn’t much to say right now. Nancy is doing good work in the House. The bottleneck to what should be everyone’s number one priority, the election security bill H.R.1, is Joe Manchin. If you live in West Virginia then you need to call his office, just like you should do every day since Joe Biden took office. If you don’t live in West Virginia then I’m sorry to say that you are a passenger on this ride. Please don’t bother calling Manchin’s office, it just wastes your time and annoys the staff. His job is to answer to pepperoni roll-eating Mountaineers fans and only them. It doesn’t really matter how progressive or enlightened your Senator is, and Republicans are singularly useless all the way from Rand Paul to Mitt Romney. If you live in AZ of course you should call Kyrsten Sinema; personally I get the feeling that she won’t hold out if Manchin doesn’t but every bit counts.
On the Republican side, Lisa Murkowski is about the only ray of hope we’ve got. Mitt Romney loathes Trump but he doesn’t have much interest in Democrats succeeding either. I will keep poking Pat Toomey’s office but I think he’s already counting his post-Senate weekly checks from Americans for Prosperity.
Do you have better ideas? Dish! I could use them.[EDIT]: Here’s a picture of an old dog playing tug with the leash. My discipline habits have gone to hell as we both get older.