Who I'm Voting Against This Year
September 10, 2010 by Chip Wood
The best political fundraiser I’ve received this year came from a guy you’ve probably never heard of. But what he represents is crucially important to our country this year, so let me tell you about it… and him.
The message began with an eye-catching photo. Front and center, with that famous green face and black hat, was none other than Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Except it wasn’t Elphaba. Thanks to some clever photo-shopping, it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). And the copy immediately under the photo began, “Help me defeat the Wicked Witch of the West.” Well, let me tell you, with those nine simple words John Dennis had my attention… and soon thereafter, a political contribution as well.
As you’ve probably guessed, Dennis is running against Pelosi to serve as the Representative in the 8th Congressional District of California. Now, since Pelosi represents what is probably the most left-leaning district in one of our most left-leaning states, I don’t figure his odds are very good. After all, Pelosi got 70 percent of the vote two years ago. To say that the fruits and nuts in San Francisco love her would be an understatement.
But my point is, I’m not voting for John Dennis; I’m voting against Nancy Pelosi. And since it’s not legal for me to actually cast a ballot in that election, I’m doing the next best thing: I’m voting with my money.
You can, too. If you’d like to cast a vote against the re-election of the nastiest Speaker of the House of Representatives in living memory, it’s simple: Go to www.johndennis2010.com and click on “donate.” You can’t miss the big white-on-red icon; you’ll find it on every page on his website.
While you’re on your computer, here’s something else that will make you feel better. Go into Word, or what other word-processing software you use. Type a few words — say, “be gone, lady.” And then create a file for that comment that you call “Nancy Pelosi.”
Once you’ve created the file, the next step is easy. Call it up and click on the “delete” key. Your computer will ask you something like, “Are you sure you want to remove Nancy Pelosi?” Hit the yes key and, presto change, she’s gone. Wasn’t that fun?
Sadly, removing the living, breathing Pelosi from her seat won’t be as easy. But we can remove her from the job she covets more than anything else in the world. On the first Tuesday of November we can make certain the Democrats lose their grip on the House of Representatives. If that happens, she’ll lose her position as Speaker of the House. And she’ll have to start paying for her own airline tickets, poor lady.
Pelosi is just one of the people I’m voting against this year. Another is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). I’ve already told you the story of the great pleasure I took in introducing his opponent to a standing, cheering, foot-stomping crowd of more than 2,000 people at FreedomFest in July. If you missed that column, or would simply like to read it again, click here.
At the end of her speech, as she strolled off stage to a standing ovation, I presented Sharron Angle with the very first contribution she received that day. I’m delighted to report that by the end of the evening, my fellow conferees had added $60,000 to her campaign coffers.
Frankly, she’s going to need every penny and then some. Reid has bragged that he will have a $20 million war-chest for his reelection campaign. There are a lot of wealthy Democrats around the country who will cough up big bucks to keep Obama’s best buddy in the Senate.
Not to mention the union goons in Las Vegas, who can be counted on to pull every dirty trick imaginable to smear Angle and get out the vote for their guy. Come Election Day in Nevada, the “graveyard shift” may take on a whole new meaning. So if you’d like to “vote” along with me, and you don’t live in Nevada either, click on www.sharronangle.com.
For me, the Nevada Senate campaign is twofer. By sending a contribution to Angle, I get to put my money where my mouth is and vote against Reid. If he loses, that’s something I’ll be able to point to with pride for a long, long time.
But I also get to support someone I actually like. Angle strikes me as just what we need in Washington — someone who is feisty, fearless and committed to her principles. If she does win, am I afraid that she’ll follow the same path of so many other politicians and “go to Washington and turn left”? Sure, it’s possible. But even if she turns out to be the most scheming Machiavellian since Lyndon Johnson, so what? She’ll still be a Senate newbie, without any of the power, perks and position of the current Majority Leader.
What a defeat it will be for the left if they lose both positions — Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate. If that happens folks, you can count on Chip Wood pouring the expensive bubbly on Nov. 2. (Or maybe Nov. 3, if we have to wait until all the West Coast results are in.)
By the way, the technique I’m describing works just as well if you want to vote for someone who is running in another district or another state. I’m proud to say that I helped pull off one of the greatest political upsets of the year with my contributions to Rand Paul in Kentucky.
I supported him before the Republican primary and you can bet I’ll support him again between now and Election Day. If he turns out to be half the maverick libertarian-independent his dad is, I’ll be bragging about his victory, and my very small role in it, for years to come. If you’d like to join me, go to www.randpaul2020.com.
There was another stunning upset of a RINO Republican several thousand miles northwest of me when Joe Miller defeated Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary in Alaska. I can’t claim I had any role in this one. The check I send Joe next week will be the first donation I’ve made to his campaign.
But if he does nothing else, his defeat of the Murkowski machine deserves some support. So let me include his campaign website, too. It’s http://joemiller.us. Maybe if enough of us send him a few bucks he can afford to buy a razor.
So is there anyone I like running in my neighborhood, where I’ll actually get to put an “X” by his name on my ballot box? I’m glad you asked. Here in Florida, I really like Marco Rubio, the former state legislator who frightened one of the sleaziest politicians in the state — our current governor, Charlie Crist — into abandoning his principles, his promises and his party.
I don’t know if Rubio can win in a three-way election. His Democratic opponent will get a lot of votes from the knee-jerk Democrats (and we have a lot of them in Florida) who only cast their ballot for candidates with “Democrat” after their name. Since he’s running as an independent, I don’t think Charlie Crist has a chance to win. But he may take away enough votes from the middle to cost Marco Rubio the election.
If you’d like to keep this from happening and you don’t live in the Sunshine State, you can still “vote” for Rubio by going to www.marcorubio.com.
Okay, there you have it: Several ideas on how you can help our country by voting against some people who need to be kicked out of their powerful posts and plush offices. But I’m sure there are many more people out there who deserve our support… or our approbation. And there are some political-action groups that do wonderful work all over the country with the contributions they receive.
So it’s your turn. Use the comments section below to tell me who you’re voting against and why: And even some of the people and organizations you support. Hey, we all know that money talks. Let’s do our part to make certain it’s shouting for freedom this fall.
Until next time, keep some powder dry.
— Chip Wood