I am of many minds about this. Here they are.
1. I think it’s a fantastic idea for liberal Tennessee bloggers to throw our weight around a little and see what comes of it. No, a thousand dollars doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but when you consider that the TNDP has, maybe, $20,000 to its name right now, we’re now talking 5%, which is nothing to sneeze at. So, hey, if you’ve got a little money, throw it that way.
2. But the more I think about it, the more pissed off I am at the TNDP. I think the TNGOP are a bunch of ignorant vaguely corrupt full of themselves blowhards, but who has been at the center of almost ever single political shenanigan in the ten years I’ve lived here? And I have yet to hear anyone talking about what the Democrats are going to do to change their ways. And I am not over the “Obama cost us the election” nonsense that serves to protect them from any self-reflection. I don’t support that nonsense.
Party veterans are snorting at the naiveté. It’s like something out of a Disney movie, they say. When you wish upon a star … As one of our many anonymous insider sources observes, “These kids just don’t get it. They actually think all they have to do is turn on their computer and the money will start flooding in. If you’re Barack Obama or Howard Dean, you can raise money online. If you’re Andy Berke or Kim McMillan, you can’t. They’re going to find that out.”
And I think now you see why, even though I most certainly don’t support the Democrats, I’m encouraging you to give money to them, through the internet, unsolicited, even if you only have $5 to give, because we need to scare the shit out of guys like that. Because the only way the Tennessee Democratic party is ever going to get its act together is if they are afraid of losing donors. So, some new folks need to step up and be donors that they’re afraid of losing.
Edited to add: Oooo. See R. Neal.