Support Russ Feingold

by: Paul Rosenberg

Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 09:00

The more that the Democratic Party as a whole conintues to frustrate, disappoint, even outrage, the more important it is to support Russ Feingold.

Lifted from Quick Hits.

"bystander" -

Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold needs our support right now.

For months, polling has shown Russ neck and neck with his right-wing opponent Ron Johnson and Johnson has already spent over $4 million on slash-and-burn television ads to mislead voters and scare up votes. In fact, he's been out spending Russ on T.V. by 3 to 1 and as of this week, it appears to be working. The most recent polling shows Senator Feingold down by 7%.

This is unacceptable.

Senator Russ Feingold is one of the strongest progressive fighters in the Senate. Time after time Russ has delivered for America and Wisconsin. It's up to us to make sure he has the resources to fight back and win.

Contribute $5 now and give Russ Feingold the resources to fight back*

Ron Johnson is a multimillionaire right-wing Republican who wants to cut Social Security, repeal the entire healthcare bill, and extend all the Bush-Cheney tax cuts for wealthy millionaires instead of helping middle class Americans. He's already committed to spending at least 15 million of his own money to win. When asked how much more of his personal fortune he's be willing to dump into his own election, his response was "all of it."

The good news is we can beat Ron Johnson and re-elect Russ Feingold with people-power.

Russ is running a real grassroots campaign. They've already contacted 228,696 Wisconsin voters, opened 22 field offices across the state, and his most recent T.V. ad is playing in heavy rotation. Russ will win not just because he has a strong record of delivering for Wisconsin, he'll win because he has the best volunteers and supporters working to get out the vote.

In short, Russ will win, because of you.

Contribute now and send a real progressive back to the U.S. Senate*

Let's face it; elections are going to be close all over the country this November. It's up to us to make sure we take great progressives like Russ Feingold over the top on Election Day.

Working together, we're unstoppable. That's why I know I can count on you today.


Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

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Sent Mine In (4.00 / 1)
Folks - I sent in my contribution, now let's get more to Russ to keep a great Progressive voice in the Senate - there are enough jerks there already, don't add to them.

done ... (4.00 / 1)
just re-read the entire axelrod/madrak thread.  OMFG.  Over on the right, under quick hits, I see Barney Frank arguing to release a convicted traitor.  Double OMFG.

And now I'm having to throw my paltry pile of nickels at Russ Feingold, of all people, to keep one voice of sanity alive in a Senate full of Leibermans and Nelsons.  NOT the way to start the week.

When is someone out there with more muscle than ME going to start fighting?

Pony up people (0.00 / 0)
We all need to do what we can and one thing we can do is contribute to Sen. Feingold's campaign. It's not the only things we can do. It's not the only thing we should do.

But we should help keep Feingold in the senate. Do what you can.

I realize there are folks that view him as a traitor/scum/what-have-you. I disagree even given some disappointments. Hope those with this view are working extra hard on some of the other problems we confront.

Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze? And cold comfort for change?

I'm not as enthusiastic about Feingold (0.00 / 0)
as I was two weeks ago.  The main reason is because he skews conservative on fiscal issues.

He's sponsored something called the Control Spending Now Act, and while his proposed cuts are mostly in corporate welfare and useless military projects, the whole framing of the issue - "government is spending too much of your money and we need to cut back" - is disturbingly right-wing and anti-government.

He uses a lot of stupid "government waste" and "we need to tighten our belts" bullshit rhetoric, like here, here and especially here, where he rages against government spending and goes after earmarks.  I agree that earmarks should be more transparent and subject to a vote, but many of those earmarks go to good projects and I wouldn't support a one-year ban on them as he has.

I still think he's valuable to have in the Senate, because he's good on many other issues and because he often defies the Senate leadership in a leftward direction.  I just don't like right-wing anti-government rhetoric coming from any Democrat.


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