I want to say a quick word to the lefties who supported Bernie Sanders, but aren’t sure if you can vote for Clinton. I hope you can for policy reasons. She’s pretty great. I said what I like about her here, and I’m sure you’ve heard plenty from other sources in the last few days. Cool. I really hope you can change your mind for the general.
But, even if you can’t, I hope you’ll find some other office to support liberals. This country isn’t going to have top down change, and while who gets to be president is super important, so is who gets to figure out road funding, and public transit, and whatever cemetery district does, and education, and on and on. Sanders got his start in elected politics Burlington, a place I’ve literally looked up and couldn’t find on a map of Vermont, maybe not on a map of Burlington. Surely, there’s someone out there who might be the next Sanders, and the more liberals who get elected, the more the next one will have a chance.
Here in Washington, all the statewide executive offices, half of the state Senate and all of the state House are up for reelection as well as all the US House and Patty Murray’s Senate race. There are also initiatives on gun safety and minimum wage because our legislature hasn’t acted. And there’s a campaign against the trans hate initiative. Any of those campaigns would love to have committed volunteers or a small donation. I wrote here about some of my favorites, and there are a few other suggestions people liked in the comments. I’ll try to remember to do an Act Blue page over the weekend if anyone is interested in making a local donation.
I remember volunteering for a down ticket executive race a few election cycles ago, and they were soooooooo happy to have someone make calls or write letters like once a week. I hope you’ll eventually come around on Hillary Clinton, but even if you don’t, there’s still plenty of work that so many great candidates would be glad to have.