It begins in Maine, the place Sara Gideon, the speaker of the state Home, is taking up none aside from Susan Collins, who has change into the final word image of Republican depravity within the Trump period. For years Collins cloaked herself as a faux-moderate, however that masquerade got here to a spectacular finish when she voted to substantiate alleged rapist Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court docket regardless of his spittle-flecked lies earlier than the complete nation. Nobody is fooled any longer.
Whereas Collins was busy giving lifetime tenure to anti-choice judges like Kavanaugh and the remainder of Trump’s picks for the federal bench, Gideon championed reproductive rights and handed payments to guard and increase them. She additionally codified core provisions of the Inexpensive Care Act into state legislation to guard it from Republican assaults and steered probably the most aggressive carbon emission discount and renewable power targets in Maine’s historical past by means of the legislature.
Down in Texas, John Cornyn has lengthy performed the position of chief henchman for McConnell—actually so: He spent six years as second-in-command of the Senate GOP and have become what Politico known as the “top salesman” for his celebration’s (fortunately failed) efforts to repeal Obamacare. In reality, Cornyn might at some point be the subsequent McConnell, which is why the gun foyer, the personal jail trade, Massive Pharma, and the Koch community have larded up his huge marketing campaign struggle chest.
MJ Hegar, in contrast, is not taking a cent from company PACs, and he or she gained’t take any crap from the likes of Cornyn, both: She flew over 100 missions in Afghanistan as a fight search-and-rescue helicopter pilot for the Air Power, earning a Purple Heart when her chopper was downed after taking fireplace throughout what however turned out to be a profitable rescue effort. She got here residence to struggle the Pentagon’s ban on girls in fight roles and has continued that struggle for girls as a robust defender of reproductive freedom.
And at last, over in Georgia there’s Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat by Gov. Brian Kemp as a result of she promised to make use of her fabulous private wealth to fund her marketing campaign. It seems she could have been utilizing her new workplace to spice up her riches even additional: She made millions in stock trades beginning on the identical January day her committee within the Senate acquired a personal briefing on the coronavirus, even shopping for shares in an organization that makes telecommuting software program. She’s additionally levied vicious attacks towards Black Lives Matter after the WNBA—she owns the Atlanta Dream—backed its gamers in supporting the motion.
Raphael Warnock couldn’t be extra completely different. For 15 years, he’s served as chief pastor on the storied Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place Martin Luther King, Jr. as soon as held the pulpit—and the place, as one columnist recently put it, the precise to vote “runs a detailed fourth” behind solely the Holy Trinity. To that finish, Warnock has helped registered a whole lot of hundreds of voters as a part of his work with civic organizations. He’s been arrested—more than once—main protests for well being care, and he’s been a champion for prison justice reform, calling out mass incarceration as “a scandal on the soul of America.”
All of those Democrats are working completely different campaigns in numerous states, however they share one factor in frequent: All of them need to deliver an instantaneous finish to this horrible period of Republican misrule. The Republicans they’re striving to defeat are additionally united in a really dissimilar method: In the event that they’re elected to a different time period, they’ll spend the subsequent six years doing all they will to completely burn Trumpism into the American physique politic.
Let’s take the struggle on to the GOP, together with in pink states like Georgia and Texas, and swing states like Maine. And let’s make sure our front-line fighters on this battle have all of the sources they’ll have to get the job achieved.