Things from 2000-2004 I try not to think about too much:
The Florida recount. Losing the first Booker mayor's race in Newark. The hotel I kept having to stay in in Memphis for work that had bedbugs every time. Making my best friend Dan go to see "Legally Blonde" and "Legally Blonde II" in theaters (Dan, I am seriously sorry.) The few occasions I tried to recreate the Olsen twins' "Boho-chic" look.
And, above all else, the group of big-bucks (mostly men) who fueled the Bush campaign -- the so-called "Rangers" and "Pioneers"; folks who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Bush and for character-trashing groups like the Swift Boaters -- remember them?
Well, now EL's own Julie Lassa is getting Swift-boated. Her opponent, Palin-endorsed reality TV star Sean Duffy, is the beneficiary of a new group, New Prosperity Foundation -- whose goal is to remake the political landscape in the Midwest according to their own conservative, pro-business image. Who's funding New Prosperity Foundation? Those Rangers and Pioneers, desperate for a chance to hack away at another Democrat's record and install a right-wing mouthpiece of their own in the House.
From slumber parties in the White House to ambassadorships, these fat cats were rewarded well for their dedication to the Bush agenda -- that same agenda our hardworking EMILY's List women have had to clean up in congress. They've spent $50,000 -- a huge sum in the relatively inexpensive Wisconsin media markets, but a paltry sum for them -- to attack Julie Lassa, a hardworking legislator and mom.
Well, fellas, good luck. Nostalgia's a powerful thing, that's for sure. But I don't know anyone who's nostalgic for the Swift Boaters. Or for the messed up policies of Bush and his cronies. But the limitless wealth, limitless spending opportunities, and anti-woman, anti-family, pro-big-corporations agenda of these guys cannot be allowed to go unanswered. Show Julie you're looking forward, not backward, by supporting her now -- donate to help her answer these attacks, or sign up for Team EMILY -- and use your phone to turn out women voters.
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