Ladies & gentlemen, time to place your bets! Or make your investments, if you’d rather think of it that way. Have you got a bit of spare change to spend on protecting American democracy? Every bit helps, and in the digital age, giving could hardly be easier.
I’d love to get your recommendations.
Outside of local races (which Democrats & Independents have got to start paying more attention to) it’s the US Senate that is most important. I’m focusing on a handful of races that could make the difference.
Many of the political prognosticators claim that without Georgia, the Republicans cannot flip the Senate. So it’s no surprise that the more Herschel Walker’s unfitness for the office becomes apparent the louder the choruses of support (and the big money that goes with them) from the Republican establishment. Sending money to Warnock’s campaign is top of the list.
Arizona is looking good, but certainly not to be taken for granted, so Mark Kelly’s on my list. And in my home state of Wisconsin, Mandela Barnes has a decent shot at getting the increasingly lunatic Ron Johnson out of the Senate (which would be high on my list of goals even if the balance of the Senate weren’t at issue).
And then there’s Pennsylvania, where Fetterman ought to be doing better against Dr. Oz. But Oz has built a fabulously lucrative career selling snake oil in seemingly infinite variety and what more qualification does a Republican Senator need? So Fetterman gets some of my cash.
I’m committed to $5,000. So with $1,000 to each of those races I’ve got a thousand left. Suggestions? I could double up on Fetterman or split it between Fetterman & Barnes. Or is there another Senate race I should be trying to nudge? There are important governor’s races and some scary races for Secretaries of State, but I’m trying to set strategic priorities and the thought of the Tortoise as Majority Leader in the Senate again is too horrifying. (On the other hand, I’m almost looking forward to watching hapless Kevin McCarthy get pummeled by the radical factions of his party if he finally achieves his dream of becoming Speaker of the House).
Now’s the time! If you’ve ever shared a Facebook post expressing your frustration with the state of the nation, now do something positive! Pick a candidate in your state who’s got a shot, or pick one in another state who needs a nudge. Send a dollar, send five. The next month is going to be all about getting the message out and inspiring people to vote where it matters. Don’t sit this one out. Every nickel helps. That’s politics in America.