Pick Up The Damn Phone — The Phonening
Yup — that time again, the time when I get to nag y’all about calling your representatives about the Iran deal.
Here’s the menu: if they’ve already said they support the deal, thank them. I’m just about to do that for Senator Markey.
If they’ve already declared against the deal, tell them, politely, that you disagree, and that you’ll remember this at the next relevant November. Even if your senators and/or congressperson are utterly safe seat types, they and their staffs hate hearing from a constituent directly that they’re doing a bad job. Think of it as a long game: they’re on the wrong side of this one. But it doesn’t take many calls — shockingly few — to make them just a touch gunshy, which softens them up next time. That matters, articularly on matters that you may care deeply about, but that haven’t risen to the level of automatic partisan division.
Most important: if they are still undeclared, tell ’em what you think and emphasize how much this means to you. I told my peeps that everyone has a make or break issue, and this one is mine. YMMV — but make sure your representatives know you care. Joe Kennedy is about to hear — again — from me.
Speaking of which — it’s OK to call a second time if your folks are still in play. That shows you mean it — and that’s what your representatives need to hear.
It really does make a difference. They keep records of these calls. The anti-deal folks are funded, out in numbers, and very, very dangerous. This is your chance to punch back.
You know what to do.
Image: Julius Kronberg, Mushrooms, 1908
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