And we shall know them by their whiny, poorly written, rhetorically deficient, bullshit press releases

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The Missouri Democratic Party State Committee upset a fringe anti-choice group this past weekend.

To recap, an anti-choice amendment was inserted into the party platform at the committee’s meeting early in July. From a member of the platform committee:

“…I served on the MO Dem platform cmte for several months. We drafted a pretty good platform…”

“…still disgusted with the MO Dem Party’s platform fail. Missouri needs more prolife Dems like we *need* another earthquake. We don’t. Dems who do not support access to abortion and the conservative voters they will allegedly attract are the shiny object that distracts from building a platform that appeals to the thousands of voters who stay home because Republicans are regressive bigoted fiends and Democrats are obsessed with appealing to moderately regressive bigoted anti-women fiends…”

There was also an uproar from the base (majority) of party members who contacted their state committee representatives. This past weekend the Missouri Democratic Party State Committee met to reconsider the motion (uh, that’s a parliamentary procedure – used to fix mistakes), with more members of the committee attending the meeting. They reconsidered the motion to approve the anti-choice amendment, removed it, apparently without dissent, and proceeded to approve the original party platform presented by the platform committee.

The representatives on the Missouri Democratic Party State Committee realized they got played and they fixed it. Democrats do that, they fix things.

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber – at campaign headquarters in Columbia, Missouri – August 7, 2018

And, of course, this upset a hack at “Democrats for Life”?:

Missouri Party Chairman Closes Door on Pro-Life Democrats – Eliminates Inclusive “Big Tent” Language Approved By Platform Committee
on 12 August 2018 Posted in Press Releases.

There is an important election coming up that will determine the balance of the U.S. Senate and the future of the U.S. Supreme Court. The election could also determine whether or not there will be impeachment efforts to rid the White House of Donald Trump. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is in a very close battle, and all Democrats would like to see her continue her tenure in the U.S. Senate.

Missouri Party Chairman Stephen Webber thinks that the best way to support Senator McCaskill and other Democrats in Missouri is to create an unnecessary battle over abortion.

A few weeks ago, there was a meeting to amend the Missouri Democratic Party platform. A vote took place, and the amendment was accepted. The Missouri Democratic Party then said that they welcome Whole Life Democrats in the party. The “conscience language” to include pro-life Democrats did not dilute the abortion-rights plank in the Democratic Party platform.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the acceptance, along with the compromise language, lasted. Party Chairman Webber held a meeting this morning to strip the inclusive language from the platform because nothing says “We we want your vote” more than overturning a fair process of debate and approval. It is very unusual to remove language unilaterally after a platform has been ratified. It makes you wonder about the kind of pressure supposedly “progressive” groups exerted and why. They know that this removal will cause chaos.

They doth protest too much.

Now, just read that headline for accuracy.

Oh, it’s all just so rich:

“There is an important election coming up that will determine the balance of the U.S. Senate and the future of the U.S. Supreme Court…”

The writer of the press release at “Democrats for Life” actually wrote that. They also wrote this:

Democratic Senators Use Religion to Discredit Pro-Life Judicial Nominee
September 8, 2017
STATEMENT OF KRISTEN DAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OF DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA
Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) expresses its disappointment with Democratic senators and interest groups who are attacking federal court of appeals nominee Amy Barrett for her personal religious views on the dignity of human life at all stages….

Amy Barrett was also one of the right wingnuts who was reportedly on Donald Trump’s (r) short list for the current U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. The press release writer for “Democrats for Life” is definitely not worried about the U.S. Supreme Court the way the vast majority of Democrats are worried about the U.S. Supreme Court.

“…Missouri Party Chairman Stephen Webber thinks that the best way to support Senator McCaskill and other Democrats in Missouri is to create an unnecessary battle over abortion…” It’s called projection. Look it up.

The platform committee did not approve the language. A single anti-choice member of the Missouri Democratic Party State committee pushed an amendment to the party platform prepared by a platform committee using language appropriated from a lunatic fringe anti-choice group. We don’t know if the individual who pushed the amendment disclosed where that language came from when it was presented to the Missouri Democratic Party State Committee. We’re asking now. Was that disclosed at the time of the early July vote?

The Missouri Democratic Party State Committee did vote for the amendment in July (it wasn’t unanimous, that’s for sure) and it was very controversial. Everyone heard from everyone else the instant the word got out about the circumstances.

“…It makes you wonder about the kind of pressure supposedly ‘progressive’ groups exerted and why…”

Oh, that’s rich. It’s called holding those who are supposed to represent you accountable. The why is easy. Because their authored amendment, like their press release, is just so much bullshit.

Nothing says “we want your vote” more to the vast majority of Democrats in Missouri than when the Missouri Democratic Party State Committee realized they were played and had the awareness and gumption to quickly fix it. The Missouri Democratic Party State Committee voted on August 11th to restore the original language of the platform committee (overturning the anti-choice amendment) in approving the platform – with 61 of 68 members voting yes, two abstentions. That’s who “closed the door” on anti-choice fanatics.

And, just in case it slips anyone’s mind:

“…And, by the way, there already is an inclusive stance on abortion. It’s called ‘pro choice.'”

Previously:

The elephant in the room (July 3, 2018)

Against abortion? Don’t have one. (July 6, 2018)

Getting played (July 8, 2018)

And they fixed it (August 11, 2018)

Whose the phoney, Farm Bureau? Hawley or McCaskill – or is it just plain old racism?

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I was surprised by the decision of the Missouri Farm Bureau to endorse our lackadaisical Attorney General Josh Hawley in his run for the U.S. Senate. You might be surprised by my attitude since the Farm Bureau has for some time been reliably Republican, a position practically dictated by the perceived competition between out-state (GOP) and urban (Democratic) interests. But it’s true.

Remember when our Attorney General and GOP senatorial contender Hawley first tried out a little lame trash talk trash about Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill? He called the down-to-earth Missouri Democrat, one of the few Missouri pols to hold town halls – even during the height of the raucous Tea Party anti-Obamacare frenzy – a phony who was out of touch with Missouri voters. Rich B.S. indeed, as we have shown in an earlier post, coming from an elite Washington lawyer who, according to emails to colleagues, only returned to Missouri in 2011 to enter politics.

But more important to the question at hand, are farmers likely to get anything out of Hawley that’s good for them? Consider the question of Trump’s mindlessly escalating trade war which has triggered massive agricultural tariffs: Not good for Missouri Farmers, especially in the long run since Trump doesn’t seem to know how to find a way out now that he’s escalated the hostilities.

McCaskill has the backbone to call Trump out on an an impulsive and sloppy approach to the issue. Hawley, on the other hand, resolutely sticks to vague GOP talking-around-the-issue-points. Despite the looming potential for disaster for many Missouri farmers – if not this year, next – Hawley will just “trust” that the attention-addled reality TV-star and failed construction mogul Trump knows what he’s doing when it comes to economic theory and all will work out before there are too many bankruptcies in that out-state Missouri that loves to hear GOPers tell it like (they think) it is.

Nor do these highly flexible folks, such as our prim little Josh Hawley seem to want to stand up for the principles that they espoused so fervently during the Obama years: you know, that stuff about bailouts – bailouts that, incidentally saved our auto industry and which were repaid. But hey, a $12 billion in one-year farm bailouts to be  handed out right after a budget-busting, deficit-building tax cut for the wealthy – no big deal to folks like Hawley – who doesn’t seem to care about much more than fighting the far-right religious wars and pushing conservative evangelical orthodoxy down the throats of the rest of us. How’s that for phony?

So why has the Farm Bureau decided to go with Republican comfort food? even though it could end up killing them? Don’t despair. I think I may understand just what the real appeal of GOP – and Josh Hawley – right or wrong, weak or strong, might be.

In an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch today on why so many Trump supporters voted against the anti-union Proposition A,  a union man – after praising the ways his union gave  him a good life – and apparently unaware of Trump’s bad history with unions –  justified his support for Trump and, presumably, anti-union Trump supporters like Hawley, by appealing to the demographic fears that the “good old days” of white privilege will disappear if too many of those brown folks make it over the southern border:

“I like what Trump is doing for the country, though I don’t agree on all of his policies,” [ Scott] Long said. “If you want to be a citizen, you shouldn’t just walk across the Southern California border. … I like how Trump wants to close the border down.”

And, even more explicitly:

Dennis Brinkler, a union electrician who voted against the legislation, also cited immigration as a reason he’s supporting Trump and state Attorney General Josh Hawley, an anti-union Republican who is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in November.

If you doubt that there’s an underlying racist theme there, the same article cited some union leaders who attributed union support for Republicans like Trump and Hawley explicitly to “protests of police shootings of unarmed black men” and fear of black protest against a repressive status quo:

“Some of the guys I represent in their 50s, it’s hard for them to grasp shutting down a highway because of an incident that may have happened with the police, and often that’s people on our side of the party,” White said, referring to protests in Ferguson after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer four years ago. “That’s hard for a lot of the old white guys to grasp.”

There you  have it. Trump’s calling card: playing on white resentment and the old folks’ racial fears.

And you can bet that the oh-so-educated and refined  Hawley is going along with it, helping to demagogue the thinly disguised racism of Trump’s immigration policies. As the St. Louis American put it after Hawley defended Trump’s cruel and ill-considered immigration policies, particularly the forcible separation of children from parents seeking asylum in the U.S., an undeniable human rights violation carried out so incompetently that many of the children cannot be reunited with the parents:

[…] Hawley backed and defended Trump’s political play of using the forcible separation of children from their families to force Democrats to support the construction of his absurd border wall and pursuit of more punitive immigration policies. Hawley should return to whatever rock he crawled out from under and leave it to actual human beings with blood in their veins to enact public policy. Hawley is a representation of a new generation of Republicans willing to accede the party and its values to the disaster of the Trump administration.

I expect Hawley’s – probably more timid – dog whistles will increase over the next couple of months as Big Daddy Trump gets even more explicit about  his overt racism. Sadly, it looks like lots of Missourians are inclined to be responsive.

And they fixed it

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“…If they are willing to accept the fact that they got played they can fix it…”

“…by the way, there already is an inclusive stance on abortion. It’s called ‘pro choice.'”

Over a month ago an anti-choice member of the Missouri Democratic Party State Committee introduced an amendment to the party platform utilizing the anti-choice language of a fringe anti-choice group (unbeknownst to everyone else, probably). The amendment passed. The base of the Missouri Democratic Party was not happy. At all. They let everyone know.

At the Missouri Democratic Party State Committee meeting today:

Alison Dreith @alidreith
As @billy_moffett said, “Now that we saved Labor Rights it’s time to protect a Woman’s Right to Choose in the MDP platform.” @MoDemParty #MDPReproRights
12:01 PM – 11 Aug 2018

Today the state committee met, reconsidered the amendment, removed it, and approved the platform with its original pro-choice language from the platform committee:

Sarah Felts @sarahfelts
61/68 folks voted yes! 2 abstentions.
12:59 PM – 11 Aug 2018

There you have it.

Previously:

The elephant in the room (July 3, 2018)

Against abortion? Don’t have one. (July 6, 2018)

Getting played (July 8, 2018)

Republican Billy Long, charter member of the Party of Corruption

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When GOP Rep. Billy Long (R-7) first ran for Congress there were whispers that, in today’s parlance, he was more than familiar with the swamp that his idol, Donald Trump – evidently facetiously – promised to drain. With the arrest of New York GOP Rep. Chris Collins for insider trading, the swamp gas miasma around Long has thickened. Collins has been stripped of his position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and he is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. The question is why isn’t Rep. Long under similar investigation – or maybe he is and we just don’t know about it?

As The Daily Beast reported last year, Collins authored four bills that would likely have benefited the company. Two of them, separate versions of the same bill introduced in the 114th and 115th Congresses, had just one cosponsor: Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has oversight over the Food and Drug Administration. While no one has accused him of any legal wrongdoing, Long also held stock in Innate. Long signed on to both pieces of legislation the day they were introduced. The first was filed in December 2016, and didn’t make it out of subcommittee before the session ended.

Then in January, Long bought between $15,000 and $50,000 in Innate stock, apparently as part of a Fidelity retirement account. In July, Collins once again introduced his bill, which would have expedited FDA approvals for treatments such as Innate’s, and Long was once again an immediate co-sponsor.

Long’s staff is of course denying that Long had any insider info from his colleague Collins with whom he coordinated to pass legislation that would enhance both their financial bottom lines – instead, his spokesperson claims, he just happened to decide to buy the Innate stock ” ‘when it became a daily topic on the nightly news in January of 2017,’ a timeline that suggests that Long, not a financial brokerage, made the decision to purchase Innate stock.” However, the circumstantial evidence amassed by Talking Points Memo (TPM) that Long and other GOP colleagues may have received insider information from Collins is somewhat compelling. As TPM notes:

[…] they all say they were just following the market and doing their own research. It had nothing to do with Chris Collins. Well, lots of reporting says Collins was pitching colleagues on it hard. And it seems like quite a coincidence that 5 members of Congress, all Republicans bought in. This seems to bear a lot more scrutiny.

Certainly, we know that Rep. Long is inclined to go easy when it comes to forestalling corrupt behavior, as would befit a guy with a reputation for being on the make. Remember Long’s 2017 vote to gut the Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption rule, “a major bipartisan law that helps safeguard trillions of dollars of payments to the US and governments around the world.”

However, given that most GOPers in the House voted the same way, – the party of corrupton perhaps? – I’m not holding my breath and would recommend that you also refrain to do so if you expect to see Long perp-walked out of Congress. The law got Collins fair and square, looks like Long may weasel out – and his fellow GOPers will probably be just fine with that -particularly those who may be equally guilty of conspiring with Collins to line their personal pockets.

Campaign Tracker: Teach your children well…

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… it’s a dead end job.

Campaign tracker (left) and “actor” (right) at the Missouri State Fair – August 9, 2018

The “actor”, dressed in black (bless him), out in the sun, with a temperature in the 90s, attempted to harass Senator Claire McCaskill (D) at the Missouri State Fair. Almost everyone ignored him.

Do you suppose on the really hot days in Missouri they offer their campaign tracker the opportunity to fetch coffee at their headquarters as a change of pace and a respite from the heat?

Previously:

Campaign Tracker: apparently a tie is now optional working attire (September 10, 2016)

Campaign Tracker: Where’s Waldo? (September 12, 2016)

If only Roy Blunt (r) could give him something to do at one of his open town halls in Missouri (April 13, 2017)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): opening day at the Missouri State Fair

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Apparently, at the same time, Josh Hawley (r) was standing on a trailer somewhere in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) attended opening day at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia today:

Senator Claire McCaskill – opening day at the Missouri State Fair – August 9, 2018

Talking to constituents:

The National Anthem at the opening ceremony:

Speaking with Missouri Democrats at the Missouri Democratic Party tent next to the grandstand:

Claire McCaskill (D) has had a really good week. Large primary turnout, the republican nominee steps on a rake (again)…

Previously:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and Josh Hawley (r) (August 8, 2018)

Be afraid, be very afraid (August 8, 2018)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): not wasting any time (August 8, 2018)

Claire McCaskill (D) clubs a baby harp seal… (August 8, 2018)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) – with campaign volunteers in Columbia, Missouri – August 7, 2018 (August 8, 2018)

Who’s the elite insider? McCaskill or Hawley (August 9, 2018)

And the republican nominee in the 15th Legislative District is…

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Via the Missouri Secretary of State web site:

All Results
State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 07, 2018
Unofficial Results
as of 8/9/2018 5:23:25 PM
State Representative – District 15
17 of 17 Precincts Reported

Steve West Republican 1,485 49.451%
Simon T Abela Republican 422 14.053%
Timothy Harris Republican 733 24.409%
J. Ranen Bechthold Republican 363 12.088%
Party Total: 3,003

Jon Carpenter Democratic 3,757 100.000%
Party Total: 3,757

[emphasis added]

‘Hitler was right’: KC area winner of Missouri House primary leaves trail of bigotry
By Edward McKinley
emckinley@kcstar.com
August 09, 2018 04:35 PM

On his Monday morning radio show, Steve West promotes fanatical conspiracies about “Jewish cabals” that are “harvesting baby parts” through Planned Parenthood, that torture and molest children and that run the Republican Party.

On Tuesday he won the Republican primary for a Clay County seat in the Missouri House.
[….]

Uh, oh.

There’s more [pdf]:

Missouri Right to Life PAC – endorsements

Missouri Right to Life PAC endorsed Steve West (r).

“…Below are the candidates of the major parties as they appear on the ballot and their ratings by Missouri Right to Life Federal or State Political Action Committee. Ratings are based on surveys, public statements, public record, voting records for those who presently hold or previously held office, interviews, and information from those in the districts. Candidates in BOLD CAPS are endorsed by Missouri Right to Life Federal or State Political Action Committee for the August 7th primary election…”

That must have been one hell of an interview.

Who’s the elite insider? McCaskill or Hawley

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Ever notice how politicians who haven’t anything much to deliver try to exploit “culture”?

When Josh Hawley, Missouri’s current Attorney General and, as of last Tuesday, the GOP candidate seeking Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill’s senatorial seat, was in High School, he was driven two hours round trip to the expensive, private, Catholic Rockhurst High School in Kansas City. No reason for the local banker’s son to mix with the hoi polloi in his home town of Lexington, population ca. 5000. There’s no doubt that the banker’s son’s privileged upbringing helped fit him into the rarified east coast circles, first in Yale and Stanford, and later in a high-powered law firm and the conservative non-profit that he inhabited for 15 years prior to returning to Missouri in 2011.

Yet, oddly, now that he is running for office in a rural, agricultural state, he has asserted that folks in cities like New York and Washington D.C. “look down on the kind of upbringing I had.” Even more laughably, Hawley seems to think that growing up in a farming state equals dirt under the fingernails, declaring that “farming is a way of life, it’s a way of life that you live everyday, it’s a way of life that I grew up in … .” Perhaps they inhaled Eau de Manure at Rockhurst High.

Meeting with farmers at a get-together sponsored by the Missouri Dairy Association, the elite lawyer even came in costume: jeans and boots. Maybe he was taking his cue from GOP Senator Roy Blunt’s blue-jeaned, plaid shirted tour of the state in a rented pickup during his 2010 campaign. Hey, it’s worked a few times for elite, high-living GOP pols why not for the otherwise prim and proper-seeming Hawley.

One problem with Hawley’s salt of the earth act? Claire McCaskill’s backstory.

A middle class daughter of the state who worked as a waitress to secure a Mizzou education, and then worked her way up serving in local and state elective offices before running for a federal position, is, from my perspective, in much better position to understand the needs of the state than Johnny-come-back-lately, Josh Hawley.

And even though McCaskill is ending her second term as a denizen of D.C., Babylon reborn to some Tea-Party turned Trumpie types, she’s been undeniably tireless in her efforts to keep in touch with the temper of the region – her listening tours and kitchen cabinet meetings have taken place regularly, even in off-election years. While she’s struggled to remain true to basic Democratic principles, she’s also listened and learned from those who see the issues differently, sometimes angering those among us who are more progressive in our leanings. But I wager that many of us, such as myself, respect her effort to represent as many of her constituents as she conscientiously can.

McCaskill’s work-ethic and her approach to meeting the obligations of her job also contrast with the pampered Hawley’s easy-going approach. In fact, he seems to have handled both the job of Attorney General and his role as a senatorial candidate in such an anemic fashion that, according to some reports, he’s inspired some in his own party to claim that he’s “allergic to hard work.”

Think it over. Who’s really the birth-right elite insider here, the one who lived a sophisticated life among political movers and shakers in Washington D.C for over a decade and came back to Missouri to play the role of the chosen one in state Republican politics. On the other hand, who’s the politician who’s earned whatever insider status she has by working hard and never forgetting the needs of the people who sent her to Washington D.C.  Remember, you usually get what you deserve – which will be determined in the voting booth come November.*

*Paragraph revised to improve clarity 8/9, 11:22 PM

 

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) – with campaign volunteers in Columbia, Missouri – August 7, 2018

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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) in Columbia, Missouri – August 7, 2018

Yesterday evening, in Columbia:

Video by Jerry Schmidt

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): Only in Columbia do I get introduced as a kewpie. [laughter] I love that. Um, so let’s, let’s talk for a minute okay, let’s have a plain conversation. This, I think everybody in this room knows that we’re gonna have to work hard in this election and then we cannot take one thing for granted.

Somebody said to me why did you feel the need to do fifty town halls in a year and I said I needed to listen. I needed to understand what happened in our state. I need to go places much different than Columbia and hear what was on people’s minds and figure out how I can be a better senator for every single Missourian even those who don’t agree with me on many things. That’s why I did that. That’s why the doors were open to anybody who wanted to walk in. There was no screening, there was no test you had to take, there was no ticketing. That’s why I took any question that was asked time after time place after place covering this state like a blanket.

So what did I learn? Well, here’s what I learned. I learned that Missourians have more in common than people realize, no matter where they live. I learned the things that divide us are not nearly as big as the things that unite us in Missouri. And here’s some of the things that unite us that I want all of us to talk about for the next thirteen weeks.

Let’s start with health care. People are worried about how expensive it is. And you want to get everybody nodding in a room, you start talking about greedy pharmaceutical companies and the way they’re taking all of us to the cleaners on the cost of prescription drugs. And when I started talking about my willingness to take them on, the investigations that I have conducted, the results that we’ve got, the fact that after one of my investigations the head of a pharmaceutical company was actually criminally arrested for the fraud he was committing and killing people with fentanyl.

You know what else they agreed on? They agreed that we need some protections from insurance companies. Now, you know I’m not saying the ACA was perfect. I’ve never said that. In fact, I’ve been willing to work with my colleagues across the aisle to try to improve it for years. They weren’t much interested in that, they were more interested in using as a political weapon. So, they finally took over and their repeal and replace plan, when they brought it out? Guess what, they couldn’t even get all the Republicans to vote for because it was so bad. It began to, to really diminish the protections that we have from insurance companies that are enshrined in the law now. So, they couldn’t pass that. Congress wouldn’t pass the, the watering down of the protections you have.

So now what are they doing? Josh Hawley decided he would go to court and try to wipe out every consumer protection in the law you would have with insurance companies. What they, now they like to talk about they don’t like activist courts. Well, that’s until they do. Because what they’re trying to do is use the courts to accomplish what the elected representatives in this country were unwilling to do even though they were their party.

So, Josh Hawley is going to court asking the court to make sure that insurance companies can refuse to write you insurance because you’ve had the nerve to be sick before. To make sure that you pay more for insurance just because you’re a woman, to make sure that you can’t stay on your family’s insurance policy until you’re twenty-six, to make sure that all of us in the room, and I know it’s a big club now since I’m a survivor, any woman who’s ever that breast cancer has that sinking fear in the bottom of their gut that if they lose their job and they need to go get insurance on the open market no one will write their insurance.

So, when I talk about that out in the reddest parts of our state you know what happens? We all agree that we do not want that. And so this choice couldn’t be clearer. On one hand you’ve got somebody who is looking after you on your side against the insurance companies, and you got somebody else who is willing to use the courts to wipe out every protection you have. If we can take that message to every Missourian and you know what’s gonna happen? On election night Tuesday, the first Tuesday in November, long about 11:30 or so, they’re gonna say you know what Claire McCaskill’s done it again, she’s won Missouri. [applause]

There’s another issue that unites Missourians. It’s not just healthcare and the protections you deserve. The other issue of uniting of Missourians is what’s happening to our democracy. Between now and the election in November there will literally be spent somewhere between fifty, sixty, seventy million dollars of dark money on this campaign. You’re going to get so sick of seeing all these ads, and they’re going to be paid for by all kinds of good sounding groups, motherhood and apple pie, I hate taxes, I’m for you, there’ll be all these different names of these groups. You know what they all have in common? You will never know who is paying their bills. The corrosive nature of the Citizens United case is messing up our democracy. It is hijacking our democracy. And Missourians don’t want that. You know what they want? They want something very simple. They just want to know who’s paying the bills. They just want disclosure.

I have co-sponsored and voted time and time again a bill that would not water back all of Citizens United, although I’d like to. I’d like to put limits back in place. But what this bill would just do is say if you’re giving money for a political campaign it’s got to be publicly disclosed. Anybody got a problem with that? No, and by the way most Republicans don’t have a problem with that. Josh Hawley does. He’s endorsed by Citizens United. He embraces the dark money, he needs the dark money, he can’t get there without it. So he’s not about to speak out against the billionaires, and the special interests, and the pharmaceutical com… I don’t know who’s paying for all these dirty ads. They’re gonna be run against me, and demonizing me, distorting my record, hurting my family. I don’t know who’s gonna be paying for ’em. But I’ll guarantee you this, if Missourians got to look at the list they would like the enemies I’ve made. [laughter][applaue]

I’m guessing Pharma is probably one of them because they can’t believe they can’t get me be quiet. You know what we’re going to do if we win these elections across the country? One of the very first things the Democrats will do is put on the floor that we can negotiate for lower prices in the Medicare program, with volume discounts [applause][inaudible]. And President Trump said he wanted to do that during the campaign. So, we’re gonna put it on his desk, right. And give him a chance, give him a chance to sign it into law, so that we can be like other countries in the world then get lower prices because they negotiate through volume discount. So I know Pharma, I am just like on a tear, Pharma, I know they’re probably one of the ones that are paying the bills on the other side of the aisle, uh, for these dirty ads.

But I want you to take those two issues, health care where there couldn’t be a more stark difference in terms of how I feel about protecting your ability to get insurance, and dirty money in politics. I couldn’t feel more strongly that we gotta clean it up and Josh Holley does not feel that way. He thinks this system is just fine. And I think if we can focus on those two issues there’s a long list of other ones, and I’m sure we’ll talk about ’em. I am proud to say that I think compromise is an important part of our democracy. We have a difference there, too, that word does not come out of his mouth. And I’m willing to bet it doesn’t.

I’m proud to work across the aisle and get things done. I want to be pragmatic. I know sometimes it feels good to stand on one side of the room and rail at the other party, but it doesn’t accomplish anything. We’ve got to come together, we’ve got to hold the middle, come together and find things we all can agree on that will make your lives better, that will make college more affordable, that will make your retirement more secure, that will will make your health care more reliable and less expensive. It doesn’t really accomplish anything if we’re just calling the other guys names. So I, um, am proud that I’ve got a long record of actually getting things done.

And we’re going to do something different this campaign. That’s what my campaign is going to be about. You’re going to see a lot of messaging from my campaign on television in other places about the things I’ve gotten done and the things I want to continue to work on for you. [applause]

I’ve been on the phone all day talking to people all over the state. I was up in northern Missouri today visiting with farmers who are very worried about the tariffs and what this is going to do to not only their livelihood but frankly the economy of our state. But I’ve been on the phone calling all over the state and, you know, what? Our turnout looks terrific. [applause] It really looks good. I feel it on the ground, do you? Do you feel it on the doors? Yes, absolutely. We have more volunteers that have signed up to work on this campaign than any campaign that I can ever recall on the history of this state. We have knocked on more doors than any other campaign has knocked on at this point in the election cycle. And there are thirteen weeks left. So, I want to try to get something out of every single one of you before I go before I go and watch returns along with everyone else and, um, see who wins and loses across the state. By the way, let me make a bold prediction – the workers of Missouri are going to win tonight. [applause][cheer]

You know, what’s interesting is, Josh Hawley, his campaign, that he is in favor of Prop A, not for the workers, but for the bosses. And he has said it repeatedly. He was asked this morning when he voted about Prop A and you know what he did? He dodged the question. I don’t get that I think that’s weird. [laughter] Um, this is the guy who tried to tell us about eighteen months ago he wasn’t a politician, he wasn’t going to climb ladders. Turned out he had ladders in the trunk of his car. [laughter] So, I, I, I, he’s absolutely dodging questions now like a typical politician.

And I hope you all know one thing about me, I don’t dodge very easy. I’d rather take it on. I know everybody’s not gonna vote for me. I know everybody’s in his room doesn’t even like every vote I cast. But I have to put it out there and defend it and hope that everyone believes that I work hard and then I’m actually trying to get to the facts and come to the best decision based on what I know. And I don’t try to get everybody to like me with every vote. I just try to put it out there and be honest and I think the more that you do that the more those Missourians in the middle that maybe don’t see elections through a party, the more that they are more comfortable with having me represent them in the United States Senate.

So thirteen weeks. I want to throw something out. Twenty-four hours. Out of thirteen weeks does anybody think that twenty-four hours would be too much to give? We’re making sure that we have a check, making sure that we have some balance, and making sure that Nicole Galloway can continue to look over the shoulder of the Republicans in Jefferson City and that I can continue to serve in the United States Senate. Does twenty-four hours seemed like too much? Okay, I’m asking you for twenty-four hours in thirteen weeks. You can do the math, you can almost get there with two hours a week. Right, two hours a day, three hours a day, four hours a day. Do it four hours a day and in six days you’re done. [laughter] But I really want everyone in this room and I want you to begin to hashtag twenty-four hours. Because if we get everyone who votes for Claire McCaskill in this primary to give twenty-four hours to us between now and November, I’ll tell you what, we can have a Todd Akin sized victory. [laughter] Two hour a week or three hours a week for thirteen weeks. That’s not hard you guys, and that’s what I’m asking you to give tonight. I guarantee you I’ll do more than that. I will work as hard as I know how. Um, you know, I, I roll up my sleeves and I get after it. And I gotta be honest with you I’m, I’m old er. [laughter] and, um, you know I, I, my grandmother would be upset when I say this, I sweat. [inaudible] I’m supposed to say I perspire, but when it’s this hot out I sweat.

Um, I’m not seeing Josh Hawley break a sweat yet.[laughter] That’s our job between now and November. Let’ see if we can make him sweat. Thank you, guys. [applause] [inaudible]

Previously:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and Josh Hawley (r) (August 8, 2018)

Be afraid, be very afraid (August 8, 2018)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): not wasting any time (August 8, 2018)

Claire McCaskill (D) clubs a baby harp seal… (August 8, 2018)