| U.S Senators are starting to gear up their campaigns. They are starting to ask for cash from voter/activists like you and me. They've set their long-term plans plans and are beginning to execute them.
Michael Bennet is in charge of the official senate reelection committee. Contrary to what happened in the last election, he actually wants more moderate Democratic senators at his side rather than the true progressives, like Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren whom voters sent to DC last November.
Do we need more moderates who are dying to compromise with Crazy, Whackjob, Tea Party Republicans like Ted Cruz or Tom Coburn or Lindsey Graham or Rand Paul or any number of loons?
Here's a slice of campaign letters from each Udall. First, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico:
Before the President's State of the Union address, I asked you what your priorities were.
We received more than 4,300 responses from our grassroots members. I spent some time reading through them, and there were a few that jumped out.
Like this one, from Roberta in Albuquerque. What was her top priority?
"Preservation of Social Security...I paid into the fund as insurance for my old age and others in my age group."
This one, from Ed:
We need to get our democracy back and the only way to do that is to get money out of politics. We citizens don't need a billion dollar campaign to convince us how to vote. Just tell us what you stand for and get out of our way.
Listening to the people. Standing up for Social Security.
Let's see what Mark Udall's priorities are as Senator from Colorado:
A Better, Bipartisan Way Forward on Sequestration
Although sequestration appears to be here to stay, I'm hopeful that Congress can bridge the partisan divide to mitigate sequestration's more harmful and indiscriminate effects.
This is why I have partnered with Republican Senator Susan Collins to craft a common-sense and bipartisan plan to replace the automatic spending cuts with smarter, more strategic spending reductions. In fact, I offered a version of that plan as an amendment this week to a critical government-funding bill - and I plan to keep fighting to turn this common-sense, bipartisan idea into law.
The entirely irrational quest for bipartisanship is still the topic. Has Mark seen and heard how his Republican colleagues in the Senate are acting?
Has DSCC Chair Bennet decided that any bipartisan bill is better than the progressive policies Americans voted for?
Have Mike or Mark seen anything in Republican behavior that indicates Republicans give one crap about the Middle Class?
If it's up to me, I'll go with true progressives and unashamed Democrats like Tom Udall.
Mark, and Michael, and their mistaken adherence to conservative policy in the name of bipartisanship, their unseemly quiet about the highly illegal and destructive activities of America's largest Bankers, their continued acceptance of obfuscatory Republican rhetoric as fact tells me they aren't up for the job as Mark's cousin Tom is. Tom wanted to fix the filibuster. I don't think Mark and Mike did.
And those are facts that a true progressive Democrat, me, can support.