Vince Leibowitz of the Free State Standard is looking to raise a few bucks for Bill Bernstein, who's running against Jeb Hensarling in the 5th CD. I have some mixed thoughts about this, so please bear with me while I work my way through them.
I'm more than happy to support a good Democrat against any of the endless DeLay clones that litter our landscape. I'm a firm believer in contesting every race, which is why I support the D-435 project, why I have such strong feelings about the failure to field a candidate for the 10th CD (and why I'm glad that Lorenzo Sadun eventually jumped in), and why I agree with Greg in his assessment of Martin Frost's contest-only-some-seats strategy. I note that Vince's goal for Bernstein is extremely modest, and finally, it's hard not to support someone who's running against a guy who says things like this:
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who is leading [House] conservatives in their effort to reform the budget process, said, “A number of members ... are not indifferent about what kind of Republicans take these seats,” referring to the contested Senate seats.
“A number of Republicans worked against Pat Toomey, and he’s one of the men I most admire,” Hensarling added.
That said, though, it's important for me to keep in mind that everyone who might consider donating to certain races will have different criteria for evaluating them. The more options you have for making your voice heard, the more likely you are to feel satisfied that it has been heard. I know what my priorities are, and I know where I want my scarce resources allocated, but we're all individuals here. So in the end, it's with a clear conscience that I'm linking to Vince's appeal. The rest is up to you.Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 16, 2004 to Election 2004 | TrackBack