Six days, act now or never.

My close personal friend John Kerry just sent me this letter:

Hey, Grego….

(that’s what he calls me),

It is sickening. But not surprising.

Today’s Republican Party is so depraved that they’re running ads in Florida trying to connect a Democratic candidate to 9/11 attacker Mohammed Atta. They’re in North Carolina attacking Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan’s faith and character. And in Colorado, Democratic Senate candidate Mark Udall is the target of a GOP robocall campaign making the insane accusation that he supports human cloning.

It’s the same political strategy of fear and resentment we’ve seen for 30 years.

But this year they will fail miserably. Because our side has the answers America is looking for. And no two-bit attack ads will change that reality.

Our job in the hours and days ahead is to make sure our Senate candidates have every resource they need to rise above the attacks. We need more ads, more phone calls, and more voter-to-voter contact.

It’s going to require the DSCC raising $100,000 in the 15 hours before midnight. And we’ve got to have you with us. Give right now and a group of Democratic senators will TRIPLE every contribution before the deadline.

Your contribution of any amount – even as little as $5 – will combine with thousands of others to help us fight back over the last five days

Give my regards to Amanda and Julia.



I of course immediately sent in my fifty bucks, because THIS IS THE TIME.

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Or, for Al Franken, click HERE.

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  1. #1 Katharine
    October 29, 2008

    I do not like the fact that Kerry, if this is the senator you’re talking about , seems to have problems with the fact that Kay talks to we atheists.

    Seriously, Greg, the shit from the Republicans makes me so mad that it’s a struggle to think straight. I’ve almost thought about asking you and PZ to cut down the flow of news about the horrific stupidity of the fundies for a while (and fundies are abominably stupid) because I don’t need to feel any more miserable about the USA’s situation or have my misanthropy fueled to the point where it actually starts ADVERSELY affecting my health.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    October 29, 2008


    I know. This is happening to all of us right now. Going nuts. This election needs to have been yesterday, not next week.

    I’m working for candidates thur,fri,sat and probably sunday. That will help make the time more interesting, I think. Or it will drive me over the edge.

    Then it will all be over.

    Then we move to Canada. Or not.

  3. #3 Stephanie Z
    October 29, 2008

    Nuts. Yes, absolutely.

    I feel constantly as though I’ve overdosed on caffeine, but I’m so tired the stuff has no effect on me. I’m desperate to do something I know will be productive, instead of constantly working toward a distant goal, but I can’t concentrate long enough to get anything done. I know I need to stop immersing myself in data, but nothing frivolous is any fun because I can’t stop wondering whether I’m missing something important.

    I’m tired of having to be persuasive when talking to “undecideds” instead of shaking them and asking what the hell there is to dither over. I’m not speaking to anyone who inclines toward conspiracy theories, even if they’re on my side, because I have to believe at this point that I can make a difference.

    The last month is the best documented of my life, and I still have no idea where it’s gone.

    I need a nap and a hug and a drink and a laugh and utter solitude and someone to hold my hand and make me believe everything will be fine.

    Nuts. Yes.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    October 29, 2008

    Time to start working on the sample ballots. Get back to work.

  5. #5 Stephanie Z
    October 29, 2008


    Thank you. Yes, I do need to do more work on those. I’m also feeling compelled to explain why I’m pro-Al, not just anti-Norm.

    I didn’t get any of the things I said I needed, but the walk and the ice cream did help a bit.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    October 29, 2008

    Slowly, the relevant information becomes available.

    We already know Anderson over Tinglestat in the Supreme Court.

    I’ve just posted something o a different supreme court candidate. Then, we have THIS on the Soil Inspector:

  7. #7 Stephanie Z
    October 29, 2008

    Well, he wasn’t going to get my vote or endorsement anyway. Did you see that lack of capitalization?