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Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime (or $10, $25, $100)?
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What’s a nice boy like me doing on a list like this?

Got an email from the Bill Nelson (Florida’s Democrat U.S. Senator) Campaign asking for a donation to his campaign war-chest. He helpfully suggests “$10, $25, or $100 today.”

Nelson isn’t in a campaign just now. He won re-election to a third Senate term in 2012, beating a badly overmatched former congressman Connie Mack. But Bill doesn’t consider the fact that he’s not in a campaign any reason why Floridians, or other interested parties, should not send money to his campaign because, well, just take a look at what the email says:

Dear Friend:

This past election we [obviously Democrats, though for some reason Nelson doesn’t say it] lost some really good common-sense senators… like Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagen of North Carolina. They lost their elections not so much because of their ideas or the positions they took [oh?] but more so because of a shadowy group of extremist billionaires who decided to bury them in an avalanche of cash that bought negative TV attack ads. 

So, Nelson concludes, “all of us have to have the resources to defend ourselves from the coming onslaught of false attacks.” (What Democrats are to do about attacks that are wholly justified, Nelson is silent.) So folks need to pony up to fatten the campaign account of a guy who doesn’t have to run again until 2018.

Nelson doesn’t name these shadowy billionaire extremists and limbs of Satan that are causing him and other Democrats to lose sleep at night. But I’m confident that alert TAS readers can figure out who he means. Hint: This wicked group does not include George Soros.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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