Get up off the money, Kerry
WHEN THE REVOLUTION COMES... The New York Times is picking up on Chris Bowers' brilliant "Use It Or Lose It" campaign, which seeks to force comfortable Democratic incumbents to donate 30% of their useless war chests in order expand the field of competitive seats. The Times leads with Martin Meehan, a safe, Massachusetts Democrat with $4.8 million in the bank. He's donated $355,000 to the DCCC.
Now, Meehan won in 2004 with nearly 70% of the vote. This year is a Democratic dream and he lacks a serious challenger. A 30% donation from him would be $1.44 million, more than enough to fund a couple smaller House races and offer the Democrats a cleaner, less compromised majority. But he has no intention of giving more money. In part, that's because he dreams of eventually running for Senate. In part, it's because he doesn't see why he should have to. Kerry's spokesman, David Wade, sounds similarly entitled:
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, came under fire last week when it was pointed out that he had contributed only $15,000 this year to the party’s senatorial committee. Heyjohn.org, whose creator has remained anonymous, highlights the fact that Mr. Kerry has $14 million in his campaign accounts.[...]
“Cowards can hide behind anonymous Web sites,” Mr. Wade said, “but Democrats out in the country, party leaders and real net-roots activists know how hard John Kerry has fought to win these elections.”
Please shut your fucking mouth. When your boss ran for president, a lot of people who supported other candidates worked for him. When he didn't challenge the Ohio vote, the websites you now disdain kept your boss from being vilified beyond measure.
So, now you want to talk about cowards? Funny, the people asking you for money are signing their names and saying, get up off the cash. Your boss has $14m in his accounts and gives every sign of running again for president. The Democrats need his money, today, now. You can't sit on your hands today, and then expect us to fight with you tomorrow.
It is a lot more than one website, we can all count and it was Chris Bowers who thought this up and did it. Don't blame one anonymous person, blame all of us, starting with me, since I can't speak for anyone else.
We can get you e-mails if you want to hear more voices.
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posted by Steve @ 12:15:00 AM