Friday, December 12, 2014
Adopt A Senator
The first vote of my life was for William Proxmire, running for his last term in 1982. And even though I wasn't here yet, one of the highlights of an awful 1984 election night was when some guy in Iowa named Harkin picked up a seat against the Reagan landslide.
I got in one last Wisconsin vote for Herb Kohl before I moved to Iowa in 1990, just in time for Harkin's second term race and his presidential campaign.
So with Harkin's farewell speech today, I realized:
I've never not had a Democratic U.S. Senator before.
I did spend one summer in DC, in 1989. While I was there, some friends of a friend who lived in the District told me that, since they didn't have a voting member of Congress, they'd decided to adopt one from someplace else. And though I hadn't heard of him at the time, within a year he became my for real Congressman. Out of all 435, these folks had picked Dave Nagle.
I remembered that as I considered my consternation without representation (well, I still have Dave Loebsack which is good.) So that gave me an idea. Why don't Iowa Democrats adopt a Senator? It'll be at least a couple years till we can get our own, and unless something significant changes, probably longer.
This is too big a decision to make myself. I need the help of the readers.
I limited the criteria a bit: I'm only considering the Democratic Senators from Iowa's border states.
Sorry, Republican readers. This is a closed primary so Democratic options only. Besides, you got the two real Senators.
An interesting array of choices: Durbin the power broker. Baldwin, the progressive barrier breaker. McCaskill, a tough but sometimes polarizing survivor?
And two Minnesotans who may split the vote: how will that affect me, Al Franken?
Contest will run until I say it doesn't anymore. Vote often and early for James Michael Curley, and don't let the poll's color scheme influence your vote.