The Political Inbox

This commentary is coming a little late in the day because of jury duty. Luckily with a few cracks during voir dire about my disdain for trial lawyers and my support for tort reform, I was released from duty late this afternoon. Justice may be blind, but it’s also slower than a turtle…

This weekend and today the candidates are trying their best to get the last drop of blood (money) or last few hours of volunteer time from their followers. The interesting thing is that I am receiving more e-mails from Democrats than Republicans and I subscribe to each equally.

Here are a few of my favorites:

-Jon Tester has been out and about helping his fellow progessives on the campaign trail. He sent me this e-mail:

Dear Jack,

I know I’ve been asking a lot of you lately. But I was just in Colorado, and I have to tell you, we have a chance to help a great Senator pull off a tough victory. Michael Bennet is one of the only folks I’ve met in the Senate who truly knows local school issues.

Maybe Bennet should head the Department of Education…and yes, Senator, you are asking a lot and I am ticked off at you for not bringing me BBQ from Kansas City during your campaign stop there.

-Barack Obama’s Organizing for America sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Urgent: 3 callers in Absarokee.” They added, “Put the list of errands aside. Rake the leaves later…and to reach our goal, we need 3 callers in Absarokee to start calling right now.”

Absarokee?  Really???

I received another one from this group with this subject, “Jack, let us know when you’re voting?” 

Ok, I voted three weeks ago…

-Harry Reid is alive and well (at least until Tuesday night). He sent this e-mail:

Dear Jack,

There are a number of important Senate races up for grabs around the country, but here in Nevada, it all comes down to one irrefutable fact: We have to stop Sharron Angle.

The fight against Tea Party extremism begins in Nevada, where this radical right-winger raised $14 million last quarter to run negative ads that have been called everything from plain false to outright racist. And in October alone, she’s added another $3 million to her war chest.

Will you make a one-time emergency contribution of $5 or more to help me stand up to Sharron Angle, her multi-million dollar war chest, and her wealthy Tea Party backers?

I used to have more than $5 in my account before Harry became the majority leader….

I’m gonna miss Harry…

-Max Baucus is sending his senate staffers out on the campaign trail. I received this e-mail with the subject “Stop Harry Reid” and they wrote:

While walking precincts yesterday, I ran into a staffer from Senator Max Baucus (D- Montana) office who was sent out here along with other Capitol Hill staffers to campaign for Reid. Even with the $4.5 million dollars from Big Labor and the Democrat party, Harry is begging for help from his big government buddies in the Senate. But I need your help to keep on fighting.

- Paul Begala sent me an e-mail with the subject “My Hair.”

Begala wrote, “If I had any hair, it would be on fire right now! Colorado: 47-47. Pennsylvania: 46-46. In West Virginia we’re pulling ahead. Saying things are tight is an understatement. Remember how bad things looked in September? But because people just like you stepped up and gave, we were able to fight back.”

-The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) likes Oatmeal. They sent a note about it this weekend:

It’s the morning after Election Day. 8 a.m. You stumble out of bed. Make some oatmeal. Turn on the TV to find out what happened in that Senate race, the one that was too close to call all night. But you gave $5 to the DSCC by clicking on this link. And, lo and behold, your favorite Democrat – maybe Russ Feingold or Patty Murray – pulled it out by a few votes. Oatmeal never tasted so sweet.

But there’s another way it could go. 8 a.m. Oatmeal. TV. But in this example, you DIDN’T give to the DSCC. And, by a few hundred votes, some Tea Party extremist is now a U.S. Senator-elect – and Republicans have captured the majority. How’s that oatmeal taste now?

I like maple and brown sugar oatmeal…

-Mike Huckabee sent an e-mail with the subject, “Last Chance to Make a Difference.” Huckabee is just a little too far to the right for my liking…he and Palin are scaring me….

-The DSCC sent another note with the subject, “crazy.” The opening line said this: “crazy- 24 hours left and these races are tight as can be. You’ve stepped up, and that’s why we’re so close.” The next day, they sent another one with the subject, “Still Time.’

Several members of the DSCC will probably be looking like “crazy” for jobs on Wednesday.

- Evan Montana Wilson, Rehberg for Congress Campaign Manager, sent out a note with the subject “One Day to Go!” Rumors are that Mr. Wilson changes his middle name depending in which state he is working…

The most important thing you can do besides laughing at these e-mails is to vote on Tuesday for the person you want to see elected. The second most important thing you can do is follow me on Twitter throughout Tuesday night for updates.

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