You want my money, I know. I gave you a bunch in the last election, and you’d really like me to give more. However, before you send that e-mail and interrupt what I’m doing, here’s what you should know about what I want.
I don’t want a bunch of money spent on safe elections. As much as I love Rep. Ellison, and I do, I didn’t donate to his campaign last year. He didn’t need it, and our district didn’t need to increase our collective carbon footprint with a bunch of mailings that would have made no difference. Democratic incumbents in Minneapolis, this means you’re generally out of luck unless something gets very interesting. Then we’ll talk–maybe–after I’ve done some research. In other words, I’ll call you.
I don’t want a bunch of money spent on infighting. If you want to be governor, take your pledge to abide by the nomination of the party. Spend your money inspiring your supporters to show up at the caucuses on your behalf, not tearing down your opponents. Remember that it’s about the state, not about you.
I don’t particularly care about meeting you. I’m not awed by celebrity, speeches are slow, and access shouldn’t be something I’m paying for or you’re selling. If you want to set up a fundraiser for you, make it a joint fundraiser that also benefits people who are screwed under the current system. Highlight the problems you want to be hired to solve by helping to solve them.
And finally, about health care reform: I’m not donating any money to Democrats in general until they get their act together. Period.
There are damned few of you who have provided leadership on this issue. Ellison has. Franken has. A few others around the country have, mostly in the House. They have my support. MoveOn has my support. A few other groups that are advertising have my support. That’s it.
Until the party itself steps up to advocate for affordable care with a robust public option, nothing. Until the DCCC starts extorting cooperation from House members, nothing. Until the White House stops trying to compromise itself into line with the status quo, nothing. It’s that important an issue, and it’s that simple.
Thank you for your time and all that lovely attention paid to my wallet.