In one week from tonight, we will be hearing the results of the elections in the US. There is a widespread feeling of unease among Obama supporters, but the numbers are looking good. The house is likely to remain Democratic. The big question right now, however, is the Senate. For real change to happen over the next few years, a vindictive, mean spirited Republican party simply can not have the power of filibusterer. If they have it, they will use it, and they will do everything they can to hobble a Democratic majority. You know this is true.

So the Senate is the place to watch, as well as the place to act. I suggested this earlier, when I went out on a limb and said that this was the year to donate money to candidates and not to teachers. Not too likely a thing to hear from me as a supporter of K-12 education. I also suggested that this was the year to spend some time telling the right wing to kiss off, and going out to work for one or two candidates when you have time.

Well, with one week left, it is necessary to come through if you have not yet, and if you have already donated or volunteered, it is time to do more.

If you are living in Georgia, Mississippi, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Kentucky or Alaska, you know what I am talking about. Now is the time to send 25 bucks to your candidate (who is a Democrat … Republicans dont’ read this blog … well, a few RINO’s but that’s about it). Or now is the time to volunteer to help out the campaign.

Your activities over the next few days will matter. And your vote, too.

If you are not in one of those states, send money here. The Republicans are ramping up. We need Al Franken to take back Paul Wellstone’s seat.

Plus, Al can be a funny guy. Half the time, anyway.

Hey, look, at the very end of this video, in the lower left. Just out of view of the camera. That would be Julia and me:


  1. #1 aporeticus
    October 28, 2008

    Oregonians can donate $50 for free, so there really is no excuse.

  2. #2 Becca
    October 28, 2008

    Hey, I read this blog. How do you know I’m not a Republican?

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    October 28, 2008

    Becca -> RINO?

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    October 28, 2008

    You’ve got a point, Becca. How do we really know that you don’t like being told what to think and what to do with every waking breath? Maybe you’re really all about the pressure to conform to someone else’s narrow view of humanity and morality and acceptable behavior. Hmm….