Since I’m one of John Kerry’s three million best friends in the entire world, he sends me email all the time. Here’s the latest mass email from “Friends of John Kerry”:
Dear Mark Kleiman:
This is it. The Republicans have circled their wagons and decided that control of the Senate is down to four states. They are going to throw every desperate, lying, misleading, dirty tactic they have left in the Republican playbook at our candidates.
It’s going to be a long two weeks. But even the Republicans know that if we win in Virginia, Missouri, Tennessee, and New Jersey, then Democrats will take back the Senate. It’s that simple.
Together, we have given to or raised more than $11 million dollars for Democratic candidates and committees since the end of 2004. Every day we are spending and giving more to elect Democrats. Every day. But we can’t stop now.
In two weeks, Election Day will be here. But to win, we need to make a final push starting right now.
The cash that candidates have on hand by this Friday will determine how large their final media buys can be. And these four Senate races are so close that the size of Friday’s media buys may be the difference between victory and defeat.
Will you join us in lending your immediate support to four must-win Senate candidates?
Well, if your friends won’t tell you the truth about yourself, who will? So I wrote back to the “support” email address on the Kerry website
Dear Friends of John Kerry:
Just got your email asking for contributions to the Final Four.
You’re kidding, right?
You’re sitting on $14 million, including a chunk of the $2k I contributed in 2004 that was supposed to help re-defeat George W. Bush. That $14 million is enough to elect Webb and a two dozen House candidates in second- and third-tier races. (I doubt NJ/Tenn/Missouri are going to be decided by money.) And you’re asking me to pony up even more?
Unless the Senator spends a big piece of the money we gave him to run for President two years ago to help wrap this thing up, he can count me, and no doubt thousands of others, among his former friends.
If someone knows a better email address to use, please let me know. In the meantime, I suggest that you send the same note, or one adapted to your situation and taste, today. Kerry needs to hear that he can’t sit on that hoard of money and still expect to campaign for President again.
And of course similar messages to the Hillary Clinton machine, from those who can claim (as I cannot) to be former contributors, would be even more helpful. Her obligation to give money away isn’t as obvious, since she didn’t raise it for a general election campaign for President, but her hoard is even larger.