I spent two hours last night making get out the vote calls in my district, in a Democratic headquarters building that had no heat — with two other people. That's not enough. Because you know that somewhere out there, in someone's house organized through church there is a GOP phone tree of folks making calls, with potluck dinner and fresh cobbler out of the oven…and a heckuva lot more bodies than we were able to muster last night.
The Democrats, even after the mess that was the 2004 election, and even knowing that they needed to work on GOTV efforts, are still disorganized. That's the bad news.
The good news is that with all of the calls that I made yesterday, there was not one — NOT ONE — person who was pissed off at being bothered or who was yelling at me for calling on behalf of Democratic candidates. A lot of folks told me how fed up they are, how disgusted with the Bush Administration and the Republican rubber stamp Congress…and how they were planning on voting when our early vote begins on October 18th here.
This is a vast difference from what I got making Kerry campaign calls, let me tell you. People are motivated to get up and go vote — and, if one 89 year old woman that I spoke with yesterday is any indication, they are pretty damn sure they won't be voting for Republicans.
That's the good news.
This is a race to the finish between now and November 7th. They have a more organized ground game, we have the momentum and enthusiam and anger at our backs. But we need you. Please sign up to make some get out the vote calls in your area. Or distribute some flyers. Put a sign or two in your yard. And please get involved in your local Democratic organizations. Every little bit helps, and I know what the folks who read here are capable of — and it could be an awesome thing to behold if we all pulled together on this for the next few weeks.
The big issue for a lot of the folks that I spoke with yesterday? The mess that is Iraq. The WaPo is seeing the same thing with the consultants and focus groups that it interviewed. The election is going to come down to one thing, and one thing only, though: whichever side turns out its voters best has the greater chance of winning across the board. (See this if you don't believe me.)
Had enough? Haven't we all? Then let's DO something about it. Get out the vote.