Saturday, November 04, 2006

Saturday Round Up

There is still so much that can be done between now and Tuesday to make sure that we get people to the polls. Volunteer to knock on doors for a campaign near you or go to Call For Change and sign up to make GOTV phone calls. They system was set up by Move On and they have developed tools that make it easy to participate and make calls to your fellow citizens around the country and encourage them to vote. The best part is, you can make the calls from home and for a short session or a long one, whatever works for you. Call For Change is targeting Democrats that vote in Presidential elections, but that don’t generally vote in the off years. These are easy calls because they’re on our side, they just need to be prodded to the polls and it’s not hard to convince people how important that is right now.

Lynn Allen has written another great piece on Darcy Burner over at Evergreen Politics. Check it out and spread the word to anyone you know that lives in Washington’s 8th district.

I’m linking to this one because it’s just fun. David Goldstein at Horse’s Ass asks the all important question, “Dave Reichert: Liar Or Asshole?” I doubt the answer will surprise you.

The neo-cons throw the Bush administration under the bus in this months Vanity Fair. They admit that they never should have gone into Iraq, but they perpetuate the myth that it was sound policy that was just bungled by Bush. I don’t buy their line of reasoning, but that they’d torpedo the President now is still a good thing, whatever their intentions may be. I certainly don’t give them any credit for being somewhat honest now, but hey, the pile on can only help.

And even Lou Dobbs expresses outrage at the insecurity of our elections. That we vote on privately owned machines that have no paper trail and that can be altered in an instant by anyone with a blackberry should have us all up in arms. But I’m sure the thousands of Diebold employees and technicians that have spread across the country in preparation for the upcoming election on Tuesday are all (each and every one of them) stand up folks with no loyalty to the company that signs their paycheck and instead are all well informed, well intentioned, super patriots whose only concern is protecting democracy. It’s so comforting to have a handful of citizens acting as agents of their company in full control of our election results.


Anonymous lester said...

the idea that iraq could have gone well if we'd just done this or that is very dangerous. it was a bad idea on it's own, the execution of it just compounded it.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can't say it'll be acakewalk and we'll be greeted as liberators and then complain about the lack of postwar planning

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In your post, you stated that Darcy is in the 5th district of WA; she is running (and lives) in the 8th district (the 5th district is Goldmark).


2:04 PM  
Anonymous Girl Down the Street said...

I've just finished my third shift at, making cold calls to voters.

For a soft-spoken, quiet person, this is really, really hard work, and one can only do it for a few hours. I promised myself that today would be my last day of volunteering. But the consequences of another Republican Congress is so potentially devastating to our democracy, our economy, our freedom, our international standing.... tomorrow morning I'm going to hit the phones again. I'm tired and overemotional. And I'm not going to quit.

After Election Day, no matter what happens, I'll know that I stepped up. I tried. I hope every reader of this blog can make the same claim.

Proud and tired,

Girl Down the Street from The (liberal)Girl Next Door

8:41 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Great job Girl Down The Street! It is hard work and however it might feel while you're making the calls, you are making a difference.

I (and Man of American Dissent most likely) will be making calls alongside you tomorrow as well! Keep it up, and when it's all over, you will know that you did everything you could and you can be proud of that.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

My boy Howard Dean has a fab new piece out.

9:21 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Howard Dean would have been a great President! I can only hope that his true calling is rebuilding the Democratic Party and turning it into a Party that represents the majority of this country and respects and caters to the working people that make it great. Boy, how things would be different if he hadn't have been torpedoed by his own party with the aide of a media that loves nothing more than to build someone up, just for the fun of tearing them down. My only solice at this point is that that self same media may just tear this President down as well.

9:51 PM  

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