Plenty of billing from "advocacy" groups too
I got my invoice from Emily's list today. Itemized:
Who was the best man for the job last week? A pro-choice Democratic woman.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi overcame enormous obstacles and misleading right-wing attacks to help pass historic health care reform legislation. We're on our way to providing coverage for millions of uninsured Americans -- and we never could have done that without Speaker Pelosi's leadership.
Multiple assaults on women's rights during this debate showed, once again, that our work to elect pro-choice Democratic women could not be more crucial. The political maneuverings of anti-choice forces led by Cong. Bart Stupak would have been soundly defeated with more pro-choice Democratic women serving in Congress. Despite Stupak's claims of victory for anti-choice forces, he did not succeed in passing his initial amendment, which would have meant unprecedented limits on women's reproductive rights. Our women banded together to stop Stupak and the GOP, and with more of them in office, we'll be able to undo the restrictive policies in the current bill and protect women's reproductive freedoms. [that last bit is the "soft ask" in fundraising parlance]
Senator Patty Murray made sure survivors of domestic violence are not penalized as having a "pre-existing condition." Senator Barbara Mikulski fought to stop insurers from charging women more for insurance than men. Cong. Rosa DeLauro worked to include language to protect American families from premium hikes. And Senator Debbie Stabenow fought efforts to strip the bill of maternity coverage.
And so many others -- including Senators Barbara Boxer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswomen Diana DeGette and Louise Slaughter -- led efforts to protect reproductive rights.
Imagine if these women hadn't been there to stand up for us -- and what will happen to our progressive agenda if we lose any of them this November? [what indeed? what could top "negotiating" away women's rights and claiming victory?]
A number of women who bravely took a stand on health care and helped move our country forward face tough races this fall. Many of our freshmen are under attack for their votes, including Congresswomen Dina Titus, Mary Jo Kilroy, Betsy Markey, and Suzanne Kosmas. They are being targeted by the right wing, which sees health care reform as an opportunity to oust Democrats in swing seats. Republicans and their special interest allies will do whatever it takes to defeat the pro-choice Democratic women who took enormous risks and displayed incredible courage by voting for this bill. [a slew of soft asks -- building up to the big finale:]
These women stood up for us. Now it's our turn to stand up for them. [it's coming!]
Dina, Mary Jo, Betsy, Suzanne, and many more of our elected women have been under attack since last summer -- and there's no end in sight.
Please support these women today as they prepare for challenging re-election fights. Their opponents will have the full backing of the Republican machine and corporate and right-wing opponents of health care reform. They are counting on us to help them fight back. We must be there for them.
Click here to make a direct and immediate contribution to stand with these women who stood up for us. [and there it is! please send money! the only thing missing -- the STFU!]
Apologies, as I'm too angry and depressed to come up with better brackets-snark. It's a pity one can't attach a rotten egg to a response email.