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A tight race all around...
[Hugh Hewitt] 9/30/04
With 34 days left before the election, the campaigns for the
United States Senate around the country are making their final
ad buys and preparing for their last mail drops. The GOP stands
in pretty good shape, but needs a strong close in nine states
to make a huge difference in the United States Supreme Court
battles of next summer.
If John Thune,
Richard Burr, Pete Coors, Tom Coburn, Bill Jones, George Nethercutt,
Mel Martinez and Jim DeMint join Lisa Murkowski
in the "greatest deliberative body in the world," George
W. Bush's nominees will receive a fair hearing.
But if Erskine Bowles, Ken Salazar, Betty Castor, Tony Knowles,
Inez Tennenbaum and Brad Carson join Tom Daschle, Patty Murray
and Barbara Boxer in the Senate come January 2005, then expect
more obstructionism and filibusters, even on nominees to the
U.S. Supreme Court.
of these races can be won by the GOP – all nine – but
now is the time to dig deep for one last (or perhaps first) contribution.
Start with an online donation to John Thune's battle to send
Tom Daschle to the sidelines. The race is too close to call,
and every dollar counts.
That's also true in Alaska, where GOP incumbent Lisa Murkowski
is statistically tied with the former Gov. Knowles. As with South
Dakota, a contribution to Murkowski goes a long way because the
audience is so small relative to large state campaigns.
Coburn and Pete
Coors are defending Republican seats left
open by retirements in Oklahoma and Colorado. Both are strong
Bush states, but the Democrats are pouring resources into the
races in the hopes of reversing expected losses in the deep South.
Burr is facing the deep, deep pockets of Erskine Bowles,
former Clinton chief of staff, in North Carolina in the fight
for the seat of retiring John Edwards. Burr is closing, but needs
help in matching the endless checks Bowles writes his own campaign.
Just to the south, Jim
DeMint is ahead in South Carolina, but
Dems keep touting their chances. A DeMint win in the race to
replace retiring Ernest Hollings may be the first big news of
election night. Help make sure that happens.
Finally, three of the four states at the corners of the lower
48 have key races in play. In Washington State George
Nethercutt is closing in on the silly Patty Murray. In California, a visit
by Rudy, and the strong backing of Arnold, have helped Bill
Jones close within striking distance of thick-as-a-brick Barbara Boxer.
In Florida, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel
Martinez is trying to become the first Cuban-American to enter
the Senate. Both need help, as they have major markets to cover,
with high costs per ad. Both are big pick-up potentials for the
Is $90 or $180 or $900 or $1,800 too much to give in order to
keep the courts free of ultra-liberal obstructionism? Is that
too expensive a price tag on clearing the Senate of the deadwood
that made it impossible to explore for oil even as oil reached
$50 a barrel? Too much to ask to give George W. Bush a Senate
that will stop the politicization of the war on terror?
It will take about five or 10 minutes to visit each website
and make each contribution. That's a big commitment for busy
people, as is the money from cash-strapped folks.
But it is
nothing compared with the stakes. Time is very short. If at
in the past four years you resolved to be a part
of the political process, now is that time. Maybe it was when
the Democrats tried to suppress the lawfully cast ballots of
the military serving overseas in Florida in December of 2000.
Maybe it was when Hillary held up the New York Post on the floor
of the Senate with the headline "Bush Knew."
Or maybe it was when Miguel Estrada withdrew his name from consideration
for a federal judgeship, or when Democrat Charles Schumer questioned
Alabama Attorney Genera David Pryor's ability to be fair because
of Pryor's deep convictions. No matter what your boiling point
was, this is the week to act to give the candidates brining reform
the resources they need to get across the finish line.
And when you have done that, visit georgewbush.com and sign
up for the 96-hour effort to get out the vote at the campaign's
end. Staffing the final push will make the money you have invested
pay off. CRO
Principal Contributor Hugh Hewitt is an author, television
and syndicated talk-show host of the Salem Radio Network's Hugh
Hewitt Show, heard in over 40 markets around the country.
He blogs regularly at HughHewitt.com and he frequently contributes opinion pieces to the Weekly
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