I’d like to take a moment to talk with all my friends around the country who haven’t decided if they will vote this year…
Quite frankly, there is not much of a choice here: if you don’t vote, you will condemn us to changes in our country that will be hard to live with and harder to overcome in the future.
For instance, Republican Senate candidates Linda McMahon in Connecticut, Rand Paul in Kentucky, John Raese in West Virginia, and Dino Rossi in Washington have all pledged to roll back or eliminate the minimum wage.
Sharron Angle in Nevada, Ken Buck in Colorado, and Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania have all talked about privatizing Social Security — or eliminating it altogether.
Twenty of this year’s Republican candidates for the Senate have been asked about climate change, and 19 of them have said that the science is wrong.
Taking stances this extreme has serious consequences. However, Pat Toomey is slipping in Pennsylvania; In Wisconsin, Ron Johnson is losing ground; Raese, Paul, and Buck are running out of steam. If you get out and vote, either in early voting this week or on November 2nd, you will have the effect of helping the progressive force in Congress solve the real problems made in the eight years of the Bush Administration.
You won’t regret it.
- FiveThirtyEight: Senate Forecast Update: G.O.P. Still Seeking No. 51 (fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com)
- FACTBOX-Twelve U.S. Senate races to watch (reuters.com)
- Tightening Senate races give pause to GOP (msnbc.msn.com)
- November Elections 2010 – Some Big Upsets in Store (socyberty.com)
* Senators Dorgan (D- ND) and Dodd (D-CT) are retiring…
* Harold Ford may run for NY Senate seat…
* Hell freezing over…
I’m not sure what to make of this morning’s news. On the one hand, the personal problems of Chris Dodd, which the Republicans saw as a way to gain his Senate seat, now go away and the popular Atty General Richard Blumenthal will run for and most likely get the seat. Of course, this will make Holy Joe Lieberman the Senior Senator from Connecticut… not the best thing in the world for any of us.
Dorgan, on the other hand, will be a big loss for the Democrats after his 18-years of service. Whether a Democrat can hold that seat is highly questionable.