Dear MoveOn member,
"MoveOn members swing 2014 midterms to Mitch McConnell and the GOP."
What?! That statement may come off as outlandish, but the possibility of it becoming reality keeps us up at night. Of course, MoveOn members don't want McConnell and crew taking over the U.S. Senate—they'd subject America to a parade of horrible for the foreseeable future.
But let's be candid: Our actions, together, will speak louder than words, and if progressives aren't turning out to vote—and bringing our friends with us—then we're basically doing Mitch McConnell's bidding.
So if you gasped, did a double take, or let out a resounding "No!" when you read that first line, then let's talk about what it'll take to make sure it never comes true.
MoveOn members set out to make 5 million calls to progressive voters before Election Day—it's the most important thing we can do together right now to play our part in saving the Senate. But we haven't gotten enough folks signed up for call shifts for the remainder of this week to keep us on pace.
It's time for an intervention.
Thursday and Saturday HAVE to be big days for our Voters Rising campaign, before we end up too deep in a hole to climb out.
American politics have become so predictable that there's one thing we know for sure: If a candidate has the full backing of the Tea Party-funding, government-bashing Koch brothers, then they're likely on the wrong side of every issue progressives care about.
That's true of our opponents in both Iowa and Kentucky.
Joni Ernst, running in Iowa against progressive champ Bruce Braley, supports eliminating the federal minimum wage, backs an anti-gay amendment to the Constitution, and supports privatizing Social Security.1 She also personally thanked the Koch brothers and friends for jump-starting her political career.2
Mitch McConnell—well, really, what more needs to be said about him? He's adamantly opposed to any efforts to curb corruption in our elections, and has promised to shut down the government—repeatedly, if necessary—to make President Obama abandon more progressive values in the name of politics.3
We know you don't really want to see Mitch McConnell or Joni Ernst win this November, but right now our side isn't doing nearly enough to make sure Republicans don't take control of the Senate—especially in light of their voter ID laws and other tactics designed to squash the progressive and liberal votes this fall.
We might have six weeks before Election Day, but every day that we're not calling progressive voters and getting them to commit to showing up is a missed opportunity that we can't get back.
So will you help us save the Senate from a Republican takeover and sign up to make calls to progressive voters—from your home—at an upcoming shift?
Remember, you can actually participate from anywhere you have Internet access and a cell phone. And if you're nimble enough with your smartphone, you can use that alone to call voters, read scripts, and report your conversations all at the same time.
There's no reason to sit this one out—what happens in 2014 will have implications until at least 2020. We—MoveOn members—have to step up.
Thanks for all you do.–Matt, Corinne, Mark, Ben W., and the rest of the team
1. "Iowa's Ernst sees federal minimum-wage law as 'ridiculous,'" MSNBC, August 26, 2014
3. "Secret audio nails Mitch! Endangered McConnell busted humiliating himself on tape," Salon, August 27, 2014
"McConnell's plan to shut down Obama," Politico, August 20, 2014
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