Wednesday, March 24, 2010

When You Target One of Mine

I get pissed.

Normally, I try to ignore Sarah Palin (except for occasional comedy purposes). But when she puts a 'target' on my local congresswoman, I respond. From her Facebook page:

We’re paying particular attention to those House members who voted in favor of Obamacare and represent districts that Senator John McCain and I carried during the 2008 election. Three of these House members are retiring – from Arkansas’s 2nd district, Indiana’s 8th district, and Tennessee’s 6th district – but we’ll be working to make sure that those who replace them are Commonsense Conservatives. The others are running for re-election, and we’re going to hold them accountable for this disastrous Obamacare vote. They are: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), Harry E. Mitchell (AZ-5), Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8), John Salazar (CO-3), Betsy Markey (CO-4). Allen Boyd (FL-2), Suzanne M. Kosmas (FL-24), Baron P. Hill (IN-9), Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL), Charlie Wilson (OH-6), John Boccieri (OH-16), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3), Christopher Carney (PA-10), John M. Spratt, Jr. (SC-5), Tom Perriello (VA-5), Alan B. Mollohan (WV-1), and Nick J. Rahall II (WV-3).

I've gotten to know Ann Kirkpatrick starting with her 2008 campaign, and frequent readers know that I'm not exactly enthusiastic about her as a legislator. I've characterized her as a "soggy waffle" more than a few times. She's closer to a 'blue dog' than a progressive.

But she's also a good, decent, intelligent woman who's done a decent job of representing her constituents. I trust her integrity completely. While I'd rather have a dynamic progressive representative, I don't see how one could be elected in this district.

And she's certainly a hell of a lot better than any of the "Palin people" ever could be. So I'm much more motivated to help Ann's campaign than I might otherwise have been. Go here if you'd like to help.

1 comment:

Justin said...

Palin's rhetoric: "reload", "opening salvo of the war", "target"....this is intentionally supposed to resonate with the unstable right...Palin is like annoying drunk chick at a high school beer party, filled with piss and vinegar, trying to get the violent types to bust out into chaos..."look what i did, dont i shine!"