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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 26, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 26, 2020: We’re metaphorically turning the sirens on because today might be the last chance to oppose the SCOTUS nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

Rather than work on things their constituents want, such as COVID-19 relief, the GOP-controlled Senate has been grotesquely obsessed with advancing her nomination. They worked through the weekend on this and, evidently, only this.

Today is the day of the floor vote–the day when all Senators, not just those on the Judiciary Committee, get to vote on whether Barrett should take the seat vacated by the late Justice Ginsburg.

If you haven’t called your two Senators yet on this, now is the time. If you’ve been calling them steadily on this matter, thank you.

Yell like hell, and please get your friends and family to do the same.

Update, October 22, 2020: All ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee boycotted today’s vote to move Barrett’s nomination out of committee and to the Senate floor at large. Committee Chair Lindsey Graham held the vote anyway, despite the lack of a quorum. So, yeah, the process became that much more illegitimate. I’m sure you’re shocked.

The floor vote has been scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2020. The ask remains the same: Yell like hell. If your Senators are good, solid Dems, thank them for their pushback. If they’re GOP, berate them for their bullshit. If either or both of your Senators are on the Senate Judiciary Committee, it’s extra-important for you to call.

Please call your Senators (and only your Senators; the House of Representatives has nothing to do with nominating judges) daily between now and Tuesday. Urge friends and family to do the same. Scroll down for scripts. And thank you for staying on this.

Update, October 21, 2020: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that the entire delegation of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will boycott the mark-up of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), a step that must be taken before it can leave the committee for a floor vote.

Please call your two Senators and tell them you support Schumer and the boycott. Call if they’re good, solid Dems. Call if they’re Republican blockheads. Make it blisteringly clear you oppose this nomination, and you oppose shoving it through while people are voting and readying to vote.

Yell like hell, and carry on yelling like hell. And thank you.

Update, October 20, 2020: The GOP carries on hell-bent to push Barrett through no matter what. The phrase “no matter what” includes stomping all over standard Senate procedure.

Graham scheduled a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Barrett nomination for today, October 22, 2020.

He did this despite the fact that not enough Senate Democrats were present to form the necessary quorum for the vote.

If you’re a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by calling Graham’s office to complain (see script below) and voting for Jaime Harrison, Graham’s Democratic opponent, on November 3.

If you are not a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by donating to Harrison’s campaign, volunteering for it, and/or boosting it on social media.

According to this Roll Call article, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a floor vote on the nomination the next day, Friday, October 23.

If you live in Kentucky, you can push back by calling McConnell’s office to say you object to all of this (script is below). You can also vote for his Democratic Senate challenger, Amy McGrath, on November 3.

If you live elsewhere, you can push back by donating to the Get Mitch or Die Trying fund; volunteering for or donating to McGrath’s campaign; and/or boosting her campaign on social media.

Also of note is the dispiriting and out-of-touch behavior of California Democratic Senator and Judiciary Committee Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein. Though she has committed to vote against Barrett, she praised Graham’s leadership of the ridiculous and fundamentally tainted proceedings, calling them “one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in”.

That bit of nonsense prompted the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) to ask Feinstein to step down as the Democratic ranking member on the committee.

The point: Keep calling your Senators, especially if they belong to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. Leave no doubt you oppose Barrett’s nomination, and you oppose the GOP Senators running roughshod over everything right and good to force her through and onto the Supreme Court of the United States before the election.

Urge friends and family to do the same.

Scroll down for scripts. Previous updates and original text are below.

Update, October 13, 2020: Hearings on Barrett started Monday and are to continue through the week. The dodge the GOP is pushing among its Senate Judiciary Committee members, apparently, is to avoid getting tested for COVID-19 or hiding the results if they did get tested.

We at OTYCD suggest altering the scripts below to add a line about how irresponsible it is to duck getting a test or conceal the results of a test. It is beyond irresponsible to put members of the Senate at risk to bully this nomination through, and it only serves to heighten its illegitimacy.

Update, October 11, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Calling For Democracy: The Guide for Talking to Friends and Family About Voting Trump Out–Here Are URLs to All Six Parts on One Page

Calling for Democracy: Your Guide to Talking to Friends and Family About Voting Trump Out–here are the URLs for all six parts gathered on one page.

A note: We’re now at the point in the cycle when most, if not all, voter registration deadlines have passed. We’re repeating this script now so you can skip to the end and perform follow-up calls to help your friends and family complete their voting plans.

Completing a voting plan might involve helping friends and family confirm receipt of their ballots; double-checking that their polling places have not moved; and researching down-ballot races and ballot questions.

A while back we published Calling for Democracy: Your Guide to Talking to Friends and Family About Voting Trump Out, first as one long whole and then as six individual parts, to make it more manageable.

We’ve since realized we haven’t yet gathered the URLs for the six parts on one page, so you don’t have to hunt for them.

Here they are, in one place, so you can bookmark one thing and not six:

Part One: https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/09/04/calling-for-democracy-your-guide-to-being-that-guy-part-one-sort-your-contacts/

Part Two: https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/09/05/calling-for-democracy-your-guide-to-being-that-guy-part-two-asking-friends-and-family-about-voting-in-2020/

Part Three: https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/09/06/calling-for-democracy-your-guide-to-being-that-guy-part-three-are-they-registered-to-vote/

Part Four: https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/09/07/calling-for-democracy-your-guide-to-being-that-guy-part-four-helping-them-vote-early-absentee-via-dropbox-hand-carrying-their-ballot-to-the-right-office-etc/

Part Five: https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/09/08/calling-for-democracy-your-guide-to-being-that-guy-part-five-helping-them-vote-in-person/

Part Six: https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/09/09/calling-for-democracy-your-guide-to-being-that-guy-part-six-follow-up-with-everyone-starting-in-late-october/

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Support Vote Early Day 2020, Taking Place Saturday, October 24

We at OTYCD are repeating this post because The Day Itself is … today!

Support Vote Early Day 2020, which takes place Saturday, October 24.

The threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic has convinced many Americans to choose alternatives to voting in person.

One choice that deserves more attention is voting early. Most (but not all) states offer some form of early voting.

The folks behind Vote Early Day want to spread the word about early voting.

They’ve chosen Saturday, October 24, 2020 as the day they will celebrate their message nationwide.

A total of 40 percent of American voters cast their ballots early in 2016. That number is certain to rise in 2020.

Rules for voting early are not standardized. Vote Early Day will help people living in your home state learn what applies to them.

See the main website for Vote Early Day:

https://www.voteearlyday.org

See the Vote Early Day “About” page:

https://www.voteearlyday.org/about-us/

Learn how to vote early where you live, even if you’re living overseas:

https://www.voteearlyday.org/how-to/

Learn how to support Vote Early Day by planning parties and other events, recruiting poll workers, and spreading the word on social media:

https://www.voteearlyday.org/get-involved/

Donate to Vote Early Day:

https://secure.donationpay.org/voteearlyday/

Like Vote Early Day 2020 on Facebook:

Follow Vote Early Day on Twitter:

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 23, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 22, 2020: All ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee boycotted today’s vote to move Barrett’s nomination out of committee and to the Senate floor at large. Committee Chair Lindsey Graham held the vote anyway, despite the lack of a quorum. So, yeah, the process became that much more illegitimate. I’m sure you’re shocked.

The floor vote has been scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2020. The ask remains the same: Yell like hell. If your Senators are good, solid Dems, thank them for their pushback. If they’re GOP, berate them for their bullshit. If either or both of your Senators are on the Senate Judiciary Committee, it’s extra-important for you to call.

Please call your Senators (and only your Senators; the House of Representatives has nothing to do with nominating judges) daily between now and Tuesday. Urge friends and family to do the same. Scroll down for scripts. And thank you for staying on this.

Update, October 21, 2020: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that the entire delegation of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will boycott the mark-up of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), a step that must be taken before it can leave the committee for a floor vote.

Please call your two Senators and tell them you support Schumer and the boycott. Call if they’re good, solid Dems. Call if they’re Republican blockheads. Make it blisteringly clear you oppose this nomination, and you oppose shoving it through while people are voting and readying to vote.

Yell like hell, and carry on yelling like hell. And thank you.

Update, October 20, 2020: The GOP carries on hell-bent to push Barrett through no matter what. The phrase “no matter what” includes stomping all over standard Senate procedure.

Graham scheduled a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Barrett nomination for today, October 22, 2020.

He did this despite the fact that not enough Senate Democrats were present to form the necessary quorum for the vote.

If you’re a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by calling Graham’s office to complain (see script below) and voting for Jaime Harrison, Graham’s Democratic opponent, on November 3.

If you are not a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by donating to Harrison’s campaign, volunteering for it, and/or boosting it on social media.

According to this Roll Call article, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a floor vote on the nomination the next day, Friday, October 23.

If you live in Kentucky, you can push back by calling McConnell’s office to say you object to all of this (script is below). You can also vote for his Democratic Senate challenger, Amy McGrath, on November 3.

If you live elsewhere, you can push back by donating to the Get Mitch or Die Trying fund; volunteering for or donating to McGrath’s campaign; and/or boosting her campaign on social media.

Also of note is the dispiriting and out-of-touch behavior of California Democratic Senator and Judiciary Committee Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein. Though she has committed to vote against Barrett, she praised Graham’s leadership of the ridiculous and fundamentally tainted proceedings, calling them “one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in”.

That bit of nonsense prompted the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) to ask Feinstein to step down as the Democratic ranking member on the committee.

The point: Keep calling your Senators, especially if they belong to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. Leave no doubt you oppose Barrett’s nomination, and you oppose the GOP Senators running roughshod over everything right and good to force her through and onto the Supreme Court of the United States before the election.

Urge friends and family to do the same.

Scroll down for scripts. Previous updates and original text are below.

Update, October 13, 2020: Hearings on Barrett started Monday and are to continue through the week. The dodge the GOP is pushing among its Senate Judiciary Committee members, apparently, is to avoid getting tested for COVID-19 or hiding the results if they did get tested.

We at OTYCD suggest altering the scripts below to add a line about how irresponsible it is to duck getting a test or conceal the results of a test. It is beyond irresponsible to put members of the Senate at risk to bully this nomination through, and it only serves to heighten its illegitimacy.

Update, October 11, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 22, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 21, 2020: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that the entire delegation of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will boycott the mark-up of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), a step that must be taken before it can leave the committee for a floor vote.

Please call your two Senators and tell them you support Schumer and the boycott. Call if they’re good, solid Dems. Call if they’re Republican blockheads. Make it blisteringly clear you oppose this nomination, and you oppose shoving it through while people are voting and readying to vote.

Yell like hell, and carry on yelling like hell. And thank you.

Update, October 20, 2020: The GOP carries on hell-bent to push Barrett through no matter what. The phrase “no matter what” includes stomping all over standard Senate procedure.

Graham scheduled a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Barrett nomination for today, October 22, 2020.

He did this despite the fact that not enough Senate Democrats were present to form the necessary quorum for the vote.

If you’re a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by calling Graham’s office to complain (see script below) and voting for Jaime Harrison, Graham’s Democratic opponent, on November 3.

If you are not a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by donating to Harrison’s campaign, volunteering for it, and/or boosting it on social media.

According to this Roll Call article, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a floor vote on the nomination the next day, Friday, October 23.

If you live in Kentucky, you can push back by calling McConnell’s office to say you object to all of this (script is below). You can also vote for his Democratic Senate challenger, Amy McGrath, on November 3.

If you live elsewhere, you can push back by donating to the Get Mitch or Die Trying fund; volunteering for or donating to McGrath’s campaign; and/or boosting her campaign on social media.

Also of note is the dispiriting and out-of-touch behavior of California Democratic Senator and Judiciary Committee Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein. Though she has committed to vote against Barrett, she praised Graham’s leadership of the ridiculous and fundamentally tainted proceedings, calling them “one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in”.

That bit of nonsense prompted the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) to ask Feinstein to step down as the Democratic ranking member on the committee.

The point: Keep calling your Senators, especially if they belong to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. Leave no doubt you oppose Barrett’s nomination, and you oppose the GOP Senators running roughshod over everything right and good to force her through and onto the Supreme Court of the United States before the election.

Urge friends and family to do the same.

Scroll down for scripts. Previous updates and original text are below.

Update, October 13, 2020: Hearings on Barrett started Monday and are to continue through the week. The dodge the GOP is pushing among its Senate Judiciary Committee members, apparently, is to avoid getting tested for COVID-19 or hiding the results if they did get tested.

We at OTYCD suggest altering the scripts below to add a line about how irresponsible it is to duck getting a test or conceal the results of a test. It is beyond irresponsible to put members of the Senate at risk to bully this nomination through, and it only serves to heighten its illegitimacy.

Update, October 11, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 21, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 20, 2020: The GOP carries on hell-bent to push Barrett through no matter what. The phrase “no matter what” includes stomping all over standard Senate procedure.

Graham scheduled a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Barrett nomination on October 22, 2020.

He did this despite the fact that not enough Senate Democrats were present to form the necessary quorum for the vote.

If you’re a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by calling Graham’s office to complain (see script below) and voting for Jaime Harrison, Graham’s Democratic opponent, on November 3.

If you are not a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by donating to Harrison’s campaign, volunteering for it, and/or boosting it on social media.

According to this Roll Call article, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a floor vote on the nomination the next day, Friday, October 23.

If you live in Kentucky, you can push back by calling McConnell’s office to say you object to all of this (script is below). You can also vote for his Democratic Senate challenger, Amy McGrath, on November 3.

If you live elsewhere, you can push back by donating to the Get Mitch or Die Trying fund; volunteering for or donating to McGrath’s campaign; and/or boosting her campaign on social media.

Also of note is the dispiriting and out-of-touch behavior of California Democratic Senator and Judiciary Committee Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein. Though she has committed to vote against Barrett, she praised Graham’s leadership of the ridiculous and fundamentally tainted proceedings, calling them “one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in”.

That bit of nonsense prompted the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) to ask Feinstein to step down as the Democratic ranking member on the committee.

The point: Keep calling your Senators, especially if they belong to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. Leave no doubt you oppose Barrett’s nomination, and you oppose the GOP Senators running roughshod over everything right and good to force her through and onto the Supreme Court of the United States before the election.

Urge friends and family to do the same.

Scroll down for scripts. Previous updates and original text are below.

Update, October 13, 2020: Hearings on Barrett started Monday and are to continue through the week. The dodge the GOP is pushing among its Senate Judiciary Committee members, apparently, is to avoid getting tested for COVID-19 or hiding the results if they did get tested.

We at OTYCD suggest altering the scripts below to add a line about how irresponsible it is to duck getting a test or conceal the results of a test. It is beyond irresponsible to put members of the Senate at risk to bully this nomination through, and it only serves to heighten its illegitimacy.

Update, October 11, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Call Your Senators and Demand that They Vote NO on SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Ask Friends and Family to Call Their Senators, October 20, 2020 Edition

We’re updating and repeating this recent post because pushing back against the Barrett nomination is red alert-important, and will remain so until enough GOP Senators stand down or the nomination goes through. Expect to see this post many more times in the near future, with relevant updates.

Call your Senators and demand that they vote NO on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and ask friends and family to call their Senators to ask them to vote NO as well.

Update, October 20, 2020: The GOP carries on hell-bent to push Barrett through no matter what. The phrase “no matter what” includes stomping all over standard Senate procedure.

Graham scheduled a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Barrett nomination on October 22, 2020.

He did this despite the fact that not enough Senate Democrats were present to form the necessary quorum for the vote.

If you’re a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by calling Graham’s office to complain (see script below) and voting for Jaime Harrison, Graham’s Democratic opponent, on November 3.

If you are not a North Carolina resident, you can express your displeasure by donating to Harrison’s campaign, volunteering for it, and/or boosting it on social media.

According to this Roll Call article, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a floor vote on the nomination the next day, Friday, October 23.

If you live in Kentucky, you can push back by calling McConnell’s office to say you object to all of this (script is below). You can also vote for his Democratic Senate challenger, Amy McGrath, on November 3.

If you live elsewhere, you can push back by donating to the Get Mitch or Die Trying fund; volunteering for or donating to McGrath’s campaign; and/or boosting her campaign on social media.

Also of note is the dispiriting and out-of-touch behavior of California Democratic Senator and Judiciary Committee Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein. Though she has committed to vote against Barrett, she praised Graham’s leadership of the ridiculous and fundamentally tainted proceedings, calling them “one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in”.

That bit of nonsense prompted the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) to ask Feinstein to step down as the Democratic ranking member on the committee.

The point: Keep calling your Senators, especially if they belong to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. Leave no doubt you oppose Barrett’s nomination, and you oppose the GOP Senators running roughshod over everything right and good to force her through and onto the Supreme Court of the United States before the election.

Urge friends and family to do the same.

Scroll down for scripts. Previous updates and original text are below.

Update, October 13, 2020: Hearings on Barrett started Monday and are to continue through the week. The dodge the GOP is pushing among its Senate Judiciary Committee members, apparently, is to avoid getting tested for COVID-19 or hiding the results if they did get tested.

We at OTYCD suggest altering the scripts below to add a line about how irresponsible it is to duck getting a test or conceal the results of a test. It is beyond irresponsible to put members of the Senate at risk to bully this nomination through, and it only serves to heighten its illegitimacy.

Update, October 11, 2020: Are you familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard”? It’s from Shakespeare’s immortal play, Hamlet, and it means your enemy blew himself up with his own bombs. A big, messy self-own of the highest order.

Well. Those of us who were wondering how and why Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership had avoided catching COVID-19 got an answer during early October 2020.

They’d gotten lucky until Saturday, September 26, 2020, the day they celebrated the foul act of nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s a foul act on several levels. Mitch McConnell flamboyantly stomped upon even the idea of courtesy and respecting rules, even those of his own making, to shove Barrett’s nomination through.

The act also flouted the dying request of legendary SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

The Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett’s nomination quickly proved to be a COVID-19 superspreader event.

Among those affected are GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Both have said they will quarantine for ten days, not the standard 14.

Why, might you ask?

Why, to keep the Barrett nomination schedule chugging along unaffected, despite the fact that McConnell has expressed a wish to halt all other Senatorial work.

Lee and Tillis both sit on the GOP side of the Senate Judicial Committee. Without them, the numbers are at 10 to 10–a tie.

Earlier, McConnell had rebuffed calls to vote to allow Senators to conduct votes from home via Zoom or similar technology.

He needs a quorum to show up, in person–a minimum of 12 members–to move the nomination out of committee.

If and when the Barrett nomination leaves the Judicial Committee for a floor vote, McConnell will need as many GOP Senators as possible to vote yes.

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already said they are against holding a vote on Barrett before the election. So, off the bat, McConnell is down to 51.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also tested positive for COVID-19. That reduces the ranks to 50.

Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include breaking ties in the Senate, was at the Rose Garden event. Not only is he not entering quarantine, he’s keeping a schedule of public events.

That’s pretty damn irresponsible, but McConnell and Chuck Grassley of Iowa might have Pence beat on that front. Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the president, has refused to get tested for COVID-19, and McConnell won’t say if he’s been tested or not.

We have to assume Grassley and McConnell are doing this deliberately to avoid having to quarantine and reduce the odds of a timely quorum even more.

Anyway, the point? Keep calling your Senators, and keep urging friends and family to call their Senators.

If they are Democrats, urge them to use every procedural tool in the book to slow or stop the Barrett nomination.

If they are GOP, make it damn clear that you are Not Happy At All with this bullshit maneuver to shove Barrett through even though all other Senatorial work has stopped.

If they are on the Judiciary Committee–and this post gives the full list of members below–it is extra-important that you call, and continue to call daily, until the Barrett nomination is pulled or the point is moot.

Original text follows.

Over the weekend, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Sure, we could go over Barrett’s record in depth and count off all the ways in which she’s a lousy choice for the top court of the land. Instead, we’ll let Louise Knott Ahern, who tweets as @weezwrites, sum her up:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to be replaced by a woman who walked through every door that Ginsburg opened for her so she can promptly use her position to shut them all for others behind her.

Let us be straight with you. It’s bad. The GOP controls the Senate, and McConnell has the votes to open hearings on her nomination; those are expected to start on October 12.

All is NOT lost, however. We need to pressure our Senators against going along with this crap.

Multiple polls show that Americans want the winner of the November 3 election to choose the next justice. FWIW, most national polls of likely and registered voters also show that Joe Biden has a firm, steady lead over Donald Trump.

McConnell doesn’t give a damn about what the public wants, but GOP Senators up for re-election in mere weeks certainly do.

Lindsey Graham, current head of the Senate Judiciary committee, is so vulnerable, he’s gone on Hannity recently more than once to beg for money for his campaign.

Susan Collins of Maine was already in a world of pain for casting the deciding vote to place Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. Barrett’s nomination should amplify her agony.

Several other GOP Senators can, and should, feel the heat for going along with this nominee nonsense.

We need to bring the heat by calling them daily until they relent. We need to recruit friends and family to join us in bringing the heat.

Reminder: Judicial nominations go through the Senate, not the House of Representatives. That’s why you should target your two Senators exclusively.

Do I need to tell you Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) is on it? Well, she is.

She generated three scripts you can use to make your voice heard.

First, a general script for calling any Senator:

She wrote a second script for Senators who sit on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. We’ve listed them below and added an asterisk to GOP members who are up for re-election in November:

Majority (Republicans)

*Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (chair) (His Democratic opponent is Jaime Harrison)

Chuck Grassley of Iowa

*John Cornyn of Texas (His Democratic opponent is M.J. Hegar)

Mike Lee of Utah

Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Sasse of Nebraska

Josh Hawley of Missouri

*Thom Tillis of North Carolina (His Democratic opponent is Cal Cunningham)

*Joni Ernst of Iowa (Her Democratic opponent is Theresa Greenfield)

Mike Crapo of Idaho

John Kennedy of Louisiana

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Minority (Democrats)

Dianne Feinstein of California (Ranking Member, aka Minority Leader)

Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Dick Durbin of Illinois

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Chris Coons of Delaware

Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (he has already sent a tweet saying he will refuse to meet with Barrett)

Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Cory Booker of New Jersey

Kamala Harris of California

Lastly, Pewter wrote a script for use with your state legislators–your state Senators and House Reps.

If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the states become arbiters of abortion law.

Your state might have “trigger laws” on the books that go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned.

This tool from NARAL can tell you whether your state has trigger laws (scroll down a smidge):

Point being–try to learn what the laws are in your state before you call your state legislators and ask them to defend the right to abortion. Depending on where you are, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Pewter’s script for state legislators:

As always, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion for the calling scripts reproduced further up the post.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter

You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

And you can support her with a small donation through Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Support Vote Early Day 2020, Taking Place Saturday, October 24

We at OTYCD are repeating this post because The Day Itself is drawing near.

Support Vote Early Day 2020, which takes place Saturday, October 24.

The threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic has convinced many Americans to choose alternatives to voting in person.

One choice that deserves more attention is voting early. Most (but not all) states offer some form of early voting.

The folks behind Vote Early Day want to spread the word about early voting.

They’ve chosen Saturday, October 24, 2020 as the day they will celebrate their message nationwide.

A total of 40 percent of American voters cast their ballots early in 2016. That number is certain to rise in 2020.

Rules for voting early are not standardized. Vote Early Day will help people living in your home state learn what applies to them.

See the main website for Vote Early Day:

https://www.voteearlyday.org

See the Vote Early Day “About” page:

https://www.voteearlyday.org/about-us/

Learn how to vote early where you live, even if you’re living overseas:

https://www.voteearlyday.org/how-to/

Learn how to support Vote Early Day by planning parties and other events, recruiting poll workers, and spreading the word on social media:

https://www.voteearlyday.org/get-involved/

Donate to Vote Early Day:

https://secure.donationpay.org/voteearlyday/

Like Vote Early Day 2020 on Facebook:

Follow Vote Early Day on Twitter:

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Support Rideshare2Vote, an Organization That Provides Free Transportation to Texas Voters in Seven Counties

We’re repeating this post fairly soon after first publishing it because Texas’s Republican Governor, Greg Abbott, seems determined to monkey with access to voting as much as he can ahead of the November 3, 2020 election. No matter what happens in the courts, Rideshare2Vote will play a vital role in helping Texans vote.

Support Rideshare2Vote, an organization that provides free round trip transportation to Texas voters in seven counties.

Texas might go blue this year. TEXAS.

If it does, Trump has no chance to win reelection. None. Its 38 electoral votes are vital to the GOP’s chances.

Beto O’Rourke has noted over and over again that Texas is not a red state, it’s a non-voting state. Since narrowly losing a bid to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz and running for president, O’Rourke has poured his efforts into registering Texans to vote.

Unsurprisingly, this has shaken the Texas GOP. The state’s governor, Greg Abbott, who is–you guessed it–a Republican, has responded with a bit of late-breaking voter suppression.

He’s trying to limit the number of ballot drop-off boxes to one per county.

Such a move is patently absurd in a state as big as Texas. Harris County, which is home to Houston, Texas, has more than four million residents.

Voting rights advocates have sued to stop Abbott’s nonsense, and we at OTYCD hope they succeed.

But there’s another way you can help Texas voters get to the polls, a dropbox, or their county elections office.

Launched in 2018, Rideshare2Vote offers progressive and Democratic voters in Texas help with traveling to cast a ballot in state, local, and now federal elections.

It provides free round trips to voters in seven Texas counties, including those that include Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.

Voters can avail themselves of the service to cast ballots at their designated polling place or deliver their ballots to a county election office or a drop box.

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Believe It, You Matter, Part VIII: No Matter What the Polls Say, Act Like Your Candidates Are Ten Points Behind

This OTYCD post originally appeared in July 2018. 

No matter what the polls say, always act like your candidates are ten points behind.

If you’ve been watching the polls on “generic Democratic Congressional candidates” vs the GOP, you know that they’ve been all over the place–sometimes giving the Dems a huge lead, sometimes showing the GOP closing the gap.

Ignore those polls.

Ok, let’s be more specific. No matter what’s happening with the polls, always act like the candidates you’re supporting are ten points behind. Even if they’re not.

2018 promises to be the most consequential midterm election in several decades, and possibly the most consequential since midterms began.

You need to focus and stay focused on your candidates. (You’re using the Core Four technique, yes?)

Keep talking to friends and family about them. Keep volunteering for them. Keep donating to them regularly (small sums given monthly are better than a big lump sum given once). Keep boosting them on social media.

Stick to your schedule of self-imposed breaks. Burnout is a thing. We need you. Yes, things are bad and this election is crucial, but still, don’t try to do everything all the time or you won’t be able to do anything.

And! Keep talking to friends and family about voting, and make sure everyone you know is registered to vote, knows where the polling place is, and knows how they’re getting there on the day.

Polls say many things. Don’t be lulled into complacency if your candidates are doing well.  Keep putting in the same amount of time, money, and effort that you’ve put in all along, and encourage everyone you know who’s game to do more than show up and vote to do whatever else they’re willing to do, whatever that is.

Stay strong. Stay steady. Stay focused.

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