It’s probably an understatement to say that so many of us have begun the belt-tightening process since the stock market and the banking industry both imploded a few weeks ago.
I feel nervous pretty much every day, even though I think our family is in relatively good shape financially as long as nothing unexpected happens. The anxiety isn’t so much free-floating anymore — I can point to my concerns about how my parents are going to manage, especially with a new serious illness that has just come up.
So, as I’ve been watching the budget a little more closely, I hadn’t anticipated making any more political contributions this year, until I saw this little nugget from Republican Minnesota Congresswoman and McCain campaign surrogate Michele Bachmann:
Bachmann is now trying to back pedal, saying she was misunderstood and taken out of context. Mm-hmm. Sure. Her McCarthyism is coming back to bite her in the you-know-where and she’s not very comfortable with that.
The good news for her Democratic opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, is that as a direct result of those hate comments, his campaign raised — unsolicited — $800,000 in contributions in about 48 hours. I made a tiny little contribution because I was mad as hell and figured this was the best way to try to keep Bachmann’s “anti-American” comments from gracing the Congress for the next two years.
But what does it say about where we are as a nation if, when we are all cutting back, but then so many people — including some like me who aren’t even that voting district — dig a little deep and make a political contribution to someone whose notoriety doesn’t exactly extend beyond Minnesota’s borders? A PunditMom’s hear can only be warmed by such an outpouring.
A little bit of my faith in Americans and how seriously they take their politics and insults against their loyalty and patriotism has been restored. Even the national Democratic Party is now getting involved to try to push Tinklenberg over the edge and push Bachmann off the ledge.
Sure, the presidential candidates are able to raise gazillions of dollars, but in many ways, it’s the smaller races that can also have significant impact on how we’re governed, too. So, if you’ve got a few dollars to spare, even if you don’t live in Minnesota, think about whether it would be a good thing to send it to Elwyn.
Update: $1 million and counting! Keep supporting Elwyn, blogosphere!