Maine is one of the most interesting Senate races right now — Biden is way up but Sara Gideon is only up on Susan C. by a little. Gideon is raising a lot of money…but so are all the Democratic Senate candidates in competitive races. Let’s help her out.
Barbara Bollier won the Democratic primary for the Senate seat in Kansas last night. Unfortunately, she won’t be running against Kris Kobach but the Republican she will be running against isn’t that strong either. Bollier’s a great candidate and this could be an off-the-radar pick-up opportunity.
One of my favorite political number crunchers, Harry Enten, thinks Dems are better than 50-50 to end the Republican supermajority in the Kansas state lej, which will give the Democratic governor some say in redistricting. Let’s raise some money for the Kansas state Democratic party too.
I’m never quite sure what to do with the races where a smart young Democrat raises tons of money in a race that may not be winnable — Beto in ’18, Amy McGrath (running against Mitch in KY) and Jaime Harrison (running against Graham in SC) this year. My thinking is that it’s actually complicated — Senators like Mitch and Graham will probably do whatever it takes to outspend their opponents anyway, so maybe every dollar you raise against them results in Rs blowing more than a dollar of resources on defense. And then also, I do think Dems need to have more “stars”. Every fucking Republican who’s remotely charismatic gets called a “rock star”. We should have that too.
It turns out that the race in South Carolina looks pretty close now. Harrison is a great candidate. Let’s raise some money for him.
I find all the Harper’s letter/”cancel culture” stuff too dumb and navel-gazey to talk about (tho I like doing parody tweets about it), but there is one thing that fascinates me: there are now several “writers” who talk exclusively about “cancel culture” — Sully, Jesse Singal, Bari, Thomas Chatterton Williams, probably others. That’s it. No “oh Trump is bad” or discussions of what they’re streaming on Netflix or anything. I think that’s strange. Also, I’m not able to understand most of their tweets, there’s a lot of stuff about “critical race theory” and “neo-Marxism” and banh mi. I wonder if we’ve entered the age of “post-centrism” or Pale Fire centrism as we did years ago with conservatism.
Anywho, let’s do some plain old reg’lar Senate fundraising today.
Let’s do Cunningham in North Carolina
And Greenfield in Iowa:
I’ve been getting a lot of requests for real bang-for-your-buck ways to help Democrats. This seems like a good one — that I found on Sam Wang’s site. It’s money for the Dallas County and Tarrant County Democratic parties. There are multiple pick-up opportunities in the state lej in those counties. Flipping a house in the Texas state legislature would be huge. In my experience, a lot of the nitty-gritty is done by country parties.
“A lot of donors are looking for the ‘Moneyball’ opportunity, where a dollar has the greatest possible impact,” said Ben Wikler, the Wisconsin Democratic Party chairman…[….]
“Every discussion I have with donors focuses on what the party, and only the party, can do — building volunteer infrastructure, protecting the vote and doing year-round coalition building,” said Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party.
Money to state parties is an investment not just in the current election but in the future. Here’s the three state parties we are supporting this year — North Carolina, where a flip is possible, Kansas, where negating the Republican supermajority and giving Democrats a role in redistricting is possible, and fan favorite Wisconsin.
Could someone explain what’s going on in the Georgia jungle primary for the Georgia Senate seat currently held by Kelly Loeffler? Who should we raise for or just wait til the jungle primary is over? This is probably the more winnable of the two Georgia Senate races since Loeffler is a crooks and the other Republican running is an idiot and whack job.