I'm Not Interested In Your Candidate
by Fitzy, Sat Jul 21, 2007 at 07:04:30 PM EDT
I'm not interested in your candidate. Really, I'm not. I'm not interested in the presidential race.
Don't get me wrong. I care about it and the future of the country. I have my own preferences among the Democratic candidates. But I'm not interested in that race right now. It's dull compared to something much, much more exciting.
Yes, I'm talking about the Michigan 7th Congressional District!
Imagine a Republican incumbent. He's a former right-wing minister, who's proud of the fact that in the state legislature, he basically voted no on everything. He's got the support of the Club for Growth, whose out-of-state donors financed his last campaign. For a Christian minister, he ran a very un-Christian primary campaign in 2006, smearing a well-respected public servant. He votes no on everything of importance, can't get along with other members of Congress, is terrible at constituent services, and routinely embarrasses his district and his state.
His name is Tim Walberg.
Now, imagine three Democratic challengers. One is the underfunded underdog who almost defeated Walberg in 2006. One is a respected former mayor and former state senator, who's got decades of experience and connections across the state. And one is a lawyer who's worked with the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, and managed to out-raise the incumbent during the second quarter of 2007.
Now, imagine that the DCCC is interested in the race. And imagine that all three Democrats have expressed an interest in working with the netroots, and a certain blogger named Fitzy (or Lenawee Liberal on Daily Kos) has had the pleasure of being in contact with all of them.
This is a top-tier pick-up opportunity in the House, and I'm excited. It's much more fun to follow than Clinton-Obama-Edwards-Richardson-Dodd-et c.
Next, of course, comes the shameless fundraising plea-- you can contribute to the ActBlue Democratic Nominee Fund for MI-07 here.
Of course, this diary has a broader point. So much attention is focused on the presidential race-- so much energy and enthusiasm and passion-- and that's fine. It's healthy and it's a sign that the blogosphere is really exerting influence on the race. Really, I don't mind seeing the Recommended List filled with candidate diaries.
But there's a lot more than just the presidential race, and a lot of it is pretty exciting. I've latched on to the Michigan 7th District and a few other local issues, but that's not all there is. There are Senate races, House races, state legislatures, governors, ballot initiatives, school boards, county commissions...
In other words, there are countless ways in which a good progressive Democrat can help change the world.
I'm not saying you need to give up your presidential candidate. I'm saying, take a five minute break. Open up your local newspaper. Re-read all the headlines, and see what catches your eye. I'll bet quite a bit that there are a lot of ways you could help progressives in your area.
Oh, and remember to donate to the MI-07 Democratic Nominee Fund.