Lest there be any doubt about how I'm voting on @BetsyDeVos she had me at "school choice" years ago...I can't get past the Lest. Only a person who received a quality education would start a Tweet with a word that Webster defines as formal.
Jeff Flake, my junior Senator, is up for reelection in 2018. Voters are watching. We've been calling and emailing and sending postcards; I know because I am connected to all kinds of on-line and in-person groups lobbying on the issue and I've watched the calls being made and the cards being sent. We've gathered at his office and we will gather again (Friday at 10:30 for the big group or anytime that day at his office, in case you are anywhere near 6840 N Oracle Road in Tucson).
Does it matter?
I was enthused when Big Cuter told me that the news outlets he follows predicted that Flake might be the third Republican to break with the leadership and thwart her nomination. I went to bed with a plan in mind; I'd call all three of his offices (202-224-4521 DC Office -- Press 5 to speak to a human520-575-8633 Tucson Office 602-840-1891 Phoenix Office) and I'd email all my friends to do the same. I'd stop in to the Tucson office on my way to the movies with Scarlett, making my opinion known, once again.
I slept well. Woke up, dialed the DC number a few times until I got through, left my message and my zip code with the lovely woman who answered the phone, and felt damn fine about myself and my country. I was going to make a difference.
Then I came across that tweet.
It was like a punch to the gut. Apparently, it won't matter what I say. My Senator is against me.
It's hard to feel so alone. I moved to Janet Napolitano-Gabby Giffords-Maverick John McCain's Arizona and I've got Governor Ice Cream and Martha (never voted for a women's issue) McSally and Jeff Flake... Jeff Flake who talks a good game and is in all the right places and now has a chance to do good for the nation and who won't be listening to me because he's already made up his mind.
He's in love with Betsy DeVos (because that's the movie reference, Sen. Flake, so you are stuck with it).
I know that I will remember this in 2018. I know that I will be reminding my fellow voters of this in 2018. It may not make a difference, but it's all I've got left.