Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dear Senator Menendez (D-NJ)

As Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, I can only begin to imagine how happy you are about almost certainly snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat in Delaware...Joe Biden's old seat, after all!  I share your joy.

After reading Sam Stein's piece in HuffPo -- Menendez:  Tea Party "Saved the Best for Last", "Changed the Map" -- and what you had to say about priorities going forward, I would like to add the following:

Save Jack Conway!

It's one thing to talk a big fight -- or, in this case, insinuate that you might talk a big fight; it's quite another to actually act.  I know that Kentucky is a pretty-reliably red state (they keep electing McConnell for reasons that will forever elude me), but the race is not that far apart!  Check out the graphics over at NYT/538.  A Rand Paul victory is not inevitable.  A) Rand Paul is Rand Paul's worst enemy [cough...whackjob...cough]; and b) Jack has already won statewide election as Attorney General and...have you seen a picture of the guy!?

Talk about a winning smile!  It's downright Kennedy-esque.  Scads of folks (rightly or wrongly) will vote for him based on that alone...if they are given permission.

Make it about Paul.  Make it about McConnell (who looks like a turtle, as I'm sure you know).  Make it about Conway.  Make it about all three.  Make it up as you go along...who cares.  Just make it!  Rand Paul has provided more than enough ammunition, but you need to fight the southern tendency to love a nut as long as it's their nut.  Remind them Conway is theirs too.  Find something nutty about him...he's southern, there has to be something!

The news out of Delaware is good.  Very good.  God willing and the creek don't rise, she'll go down in flames come November.  Where's the fight in that?  Kentucky, however....  You wanna give old Tortoiseshell a black eye on the night everyone says he'll be celebrating?  Snatch away Kentucky.  It's doable and would be oh-so-sweet.

Illinois would be nice, too.