Dear Tim Hearden,Now I'd considered unsubscribing from these Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fund-raising letters, but then I thought, "What the heck. What a great way to keep track of what they're telling their supporters." Maybe I'll just keep posting their messages and see how long it takes somebody at the DSCC to stumble across my blog and figure out what I'm doing.
As Assistant Majority Leader, it’s my job to make sure Senate Democrats have the votes to stop extremist legislation. Things are about to get really busy around here.
Last week, House Republicans voted to defund health reform, eliminate money for reproductive care, slash nutrition for poor women and children and gut resources that keep our air and water clean. This is not cutting fat. These are bones – programs that keep our middle class standing.
Thanks to our Senate majority, we can stop their radical agenda. But with 23 seats up in 2012, compared with 10 for Republicans, we have a fight ahead. A net loss of four seats, and we lose our firewall.
Midnight Monday marks a crucial FEC deadline: All eyes will be on the DSCC’s fundraising numbers. $50,000 will help show that we can defend our Democratic firewall. Your donation now reflects our biggest strength – more than 90 percent of the DSCC’s donations come from grassroots supporters. [ ... ]
Republicans won the House by promising to focus like lasers on creating jobs. They have yet to put forward any job-creation plans – or explain how taking away health care, attacking women’s rights and targeting middle class families achieve this goal.
As long as we have our Senate firewall, Democrats can stop their radical legislation. But the GOP and its special interest friends are already on the attack. After the Citizens United decision, corporations are free to spend whatever they like in support of their preferred candidates. And attacks on working men and women by Republican governors weaken the Democratic base. Wisconsin is only the most recent example.
That makes what you do this minute all the more important. 90 percent of the DSCC’s donations come from grassroots donors who give $200 or less. Every dollar you give helps strengthen Democrats – and fight Republican extremists. Please act now to protect our Senate firewall. [ ... ]
From my seat in the Senate, I’m doing everything I can to stop the radical Republican agenda. But I can’t do it alone. What you do now matters. Help defend the firewall. Our future – our nation’s future – depends on it.
Sen. Dick Durbin
It's interesting that Durbin and his cohorts seem to be so focused on just clinging to their slim majority in the Senate rather than gaining seats, considering that someone from their own party is in the White House and is about to launch a re-election bid. Come to think of it, I don't see Barack Obama's name anywhere in the letter. Nothing about continuing the good work that Obama is doing; it's all about the extremist Republicans.