You may have heard that there’s a big election here in Massachusetts tomorrow to fill Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. The contestants are Tweedledee and Tweedledum, neither of whom really deserve the job, but that’s how the system works.
Of course, since this loss of this seat would mean the loss of the Democratic supermajority in the Senate, everybody and his brother is paying attention. Our phone has been ringing off the hook with various ordinary folks and recorded celebrities urging us to vote for Coakley.
In addition, folks all over the country are making pleas, making phone calls, donating, and so forth, which is something that really, really bugs me.
I understand what’s at stake here, folks, and why you want to help influence the outcome, but at the end of the day this is OUR state. I don’t know why it’s even legal for Joe Random in Arizona to donate to a Senate race in another state in the first place. Whether it’s for “my” candidate or not, if you don’t live in Massachusetts, get the hell gone. I don’t meddle in your state’s affairs and I don’t want you meddling in mine, no matter how noble your intentions.
If this health care bill is so freaking important, how about putting your efforts towards lobbying and support for it instead of trying to game the system with my state? We don’t need a bunch of people trying to swing the ballot box one way or another who won’t have to live with the results for five years and ten months after they stopped giving a shit about this election.
And if you DO live in Massachusetts and vote for Scott Brown, I will kick your ass.