But I live in a liberal area. What are my emails, letters, and calls going to do to sway a liberal democrat that got 90% of the vote?
Well, tell me about it. I live in that, too. It could be worse, my state senator could be Frosh. ~shiver~
But that rep or senator has been around the block. Certainly that district has, if they are a freshman. Votes on guns happen every year. They know how many calls they got last time. If they got a handful last time, and they know other district of political allies got plus or minus that handful, depending on where it is.
But this time, the momentum is on the gun controller side. We could make Maryland like New York.
They weigh that momentum and compare it to the calls and letters. What if they got a hundred time that handful? And their political allies that keep them in the majority got a similar proportionate increase. And they opposition got a similar response supporting their efforts at maintaining 2nd Amendment civil rights. That changes the equation and how the momentum is swinging. They want to help themselves, and help their allies. And they don't want to hurt themselves, or their allies. Now they won't get hurt much in their 90% district. Might not move their needle at all, or move it little. But their buddy is in a 55% district, and if he loses the next election, he loses all the favors he or she owes, loses a supporter that scratched his back last time he needed it. And that ally might be squawking and pleading.
They want to ride governor O'Malley's coattails maybe into their own better jobs. Hard to ride it when he is backing a contentious issue that loses and hurts him.
So an outsized response in a 90% district helps the whole cause. It changes their calculation. Maybe they say supportive things but let a bill peter out. You have greater impact when you write from to you rep than you do writing to representatives in districts you don't vote in (but do both, just concentrate on 'your' critter. Remember, you are the boss.)
I think we are more up in arms this time than any time before. An outsized attack is eliciting an outsize response from our side. And we happen to be in the right.
So send the letter and the email. Even if their is no hope it will change their mind. It helps make it "politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right things." Even if you are influencing some other unknown wobbly pol by overwhelming your own known stubborn pigheaded pol.
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