There were a few reasons I did this, but it pretty much boils down to the following:
- First, I gave $25 to Amanda Curtis a few days before and it was kind of nagging on me that I should give to John Lewis’ campaign as well;
- Next, I get about 28 million John Lewis for Montana emails each week it seems, so it was in my consciousness;
- Then, Ryan Zinke dropped out of the debates, something that caused me to get a bit flustered;
- Finally, the prospect of other candidates becoming emboldened to pull a Zinke themselves was just too much – I had to act.
So I gave $10. Not a whole lot, but something. A hot dog and a tank of gas – maybe.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to thwart Phil Mitchell from pulling a Zinke in the Flathead, but I do hope it will be a small help in getting John Lewis elected so that candidates years from now are not pulling that shit.
So how much small help like my $10 is John Lewis getting? Well, I got a letter in the mail from John Lewis saying thanks, and that I’m just one of now more than 3,500 contributors that are actually in all 56 counties of Montana.
Mainly, though, it’s a huge contrast to Ryan Zinke, who Don Pogreba over on Intelligent Discontent did a good job writing up in August. He makes it clear, as do reporters across the state, the Lewis is getting the overwhelming majority of his money in Montana (71%) as opposed to Ryan Zinke, who gets most from outside of Montana (28% collected in Montana).
In comparison to Montana, California has 58 counties (perhaps a graduate student could win a master’s for figuring out how many have yet to give to Ryan Zinke).
You know, a few months ago before the primary I was a little worried about writing an article called Voting for Ryan Zinke is Like Stepping in Dog Shit, but you know what – I decided to go ahead and put it up anyway.
I guess that’s why newspapers have editors, but damn, that thing got 488 views in May so…
Imagine looking at his face or reading his name at least once a week over your morning breakfast until January 2017. And you know these guys are like termites, once they get in there they’re hell to get out.
Personally I think paying $10 to John Lewis now is worth a lot. Imagine all I’ll save in extra medications for my blood-pressure shooting up or the Rogaine treatments I’ll need from pulling my hair out.
Preventative healthcare is important, but so too is preventative political care. If you stay active and healthy each day you can fend off the risks that indifference brings, such as folks like Ryan Zinke and those pulling his same tactics.
That’s why giving $10 to John Lewis is a good idea.