Yr Wonkette has decided to just pull off the generic adhesive bandage strip as quick as possible and get it over with: Profiling all 33 of this year's US Senate races means we have to talk about a couple of Democratic candidates we are not really in love with. This sucks, because 1) We would much rather write about candidates we like a lot, like Sherrod Brown, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren; and B) We don't at all mind calling for people to vote for some red-state Dems who absolutely need to hold their seats in order for Dems to retake the Senate. In states like West Virginia or North Dakota, Joe Manchin or Heidi Heitkamp generally vote "Democratic enough" on the most important issues, and they're far, far better than the Republican alternatives, so it's easy enough to give them two cheers. Yay. Huzzah.
But in two blue states where better Democrats are available, we're just not quit able to get up any enthusiasm for incumbents who we'd just rather not pretend to support, so, meh, here's the deal: Democrats need to reelect all incumbents to win back the Senate. We should probably do that even though we'd rather disown a couple of 'em. Cynical? You bet your ass it is. Sometimes in politics, noses must be held. Lives are at stake. Trump has to be stopped. Then we need to replace some people.
New Jersey's Bob Menendez avoided conviction on bribery charges last year in a mistrial, and the DOJ eventually dropped the case. His Republican opponent is running close in polls, so sure, for the sake of stopping the Trump agenda, break out the "Vote for the Crook. It's important" bumper stickers and send him back to the Senate, then please somebody good primary him, PLEASE?
In Delaware, Tom Carper is seeking a fourth Senate term after defeating the far more progressive Kerri Evelyn Harris in the primary. Fortunately, Harris looks to have a long political career ahead of her. Carper is almost certain to win, so good for him, and good for Dems' chances to retake the Senate. But Carper voted for the awful banking bill, and almost 40 years ago he slapped his then wife, Dianne, hard enough to give her a black eye. Donald Trump Jr. has been trying to make it a campaign issue because of course Trump cares so much about women who've been hurt by powerful men. We can't endorse Carper, and we certainly can't endorse his Republican opponent, who is terrible on every single issue.
So instead, let's look at some pictures of Beto O'Rourke and doggies, shall we?
You want Beto petting a pupper? Here are Beto and Blondie!
Are doggers welcome at Beto events? Indeed they are, as Beto noted quite some time ago.
Not surprisingly, there are lots of Beto + dog photos. Like this rally pic in Austin:
Also this one in Katy!
(Left him a mule to ride)
Beto. Joggers. Doggie. Video! (You can rewind it if you want to hear him -- Beto -- speak, but this is a dog post, so we started it with the dog, OK?)
Then there are all the photos of doggies with Beto campaign signs, which may stray from the theme a bit, but CUTE DOGGIES:
Does Beto have dogses? Yes! And a KITTY, too, for bipetisan appeal:
Also too: No dogs here, but Betomentum!
We wanted to see if Ted Cruz has any photos with doggies, but a cursory image search brought up only "dogs that look like Ted Cruz" and one piece noting that he'd adopted a pupper for his daughters, with little evidence he's much of a dog person himself:
Not surprisingly, despite his daughters loving the doggie, Cruz used "Snowflake" as a term of contempt for people who oppose his stupid views on Net Neutrality. The internet mocked him, and we can only assume that little Snowflake, hearing something about neutering, probably growled at him, too. Dogs know.
Enjoy your Sunday! Help Beto beat that twerp Cruz!
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