4th And Goal

First, let me say that I’m not quite ready for daily political writing quite yet. I know, I owe you all an explanation, and it will come, most likely on Monday. That being said, if I were to wait until I was ready, it would be too late. This needs to be said, and it needs to be said NOW!

I’m of course talking about the race for the Governor of Virginia. I know I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but it’s 4th down, score tied, and Camp Kaine is on the goal line. The final seconds of the game are ticking away, literally. Election day is this Tuesday.

Let me give you a little perspective, I’ve never once volunteered for a political campaign. Not even the Kerry campaign got me out of my house to man the phones or help out at the polls. Not true here. Tomorrow I will man the phone bank, and unless something chaotic comes up, I’ll see what I can do for them on Monday and Tuesday. I think it’s that important, and I’m not being self serving here.

I don’t think I’m wrong saying that this is one of the most vital races not only of this year but as next as well. You’ve probably already heard this opinion but I cannot repeat it enough. If the Democratic party ever wants a prayer at winning back the South, we need a foothold. We need to show the South that we got it right, that progressives know how to get it done, and for the past four years, that’s exactly what Mark Warner has been doing, and that legacy must continue.

If we want to win back America we have to show America that the progressive agenda, from economics to civil rights is the right agenda. The one that will better all of our citizens. This is the legacy that Kaine will continue if elected.

And if we want to win back the debate of American Politics, one in which a candidate campaigns not on the politics of personal destruction, but on the merits of his platform, we need to put our all behind those candidates who do exactly just that.

You see, to me, a few weeks ago, the Virginia Governor’s race was just a game. It was a series of plays on our way through the playoffs. But as you can tell, it’s become much more to me. Maybe it’s because I’ve started paying more attention not to the demographics and results of the race, but to the candidates and what they stand for.

Kilgore’s campaign went dirty early and has stayed there. His only positive TV spot has been him standing next to his hick brother in an attempt to prove his redneck street creds. Kaine’s only negative spots have been in his own defense against the Kilgore ads. They are a mile apart.

Now, I’ll be honest with you. I know Kaine is not as liberal as a lot of you would like. Maybe he doesn’t share your view on abortion (Kaine is against abortion, but has adopted a very Bill Clinton like approach to keep abortion rare, safe, and legal). Maybe you aren’t big on his stance on the Death Penalty (Again, he is against it, but since it is the law of the land, Kaine has said he will uphold it). But here is something I implore of all liberals out there.

Look beyond the single issues. Look for the bigger picture. We call ourselves progressives, doesn’t that imply progress? You can’t come into the land where the 700 club is broadcast and run on a pure pro choice platform, you will fail. And if you fail, you will not get to keep pushing things in the right direction. You cannot come into the state that is second only to Texas and run on an anti-death penalty platform, you will fail. And if you fail, you will not get to keep pushing things in the right direction.

So I want you to look beyond the single issues, and look at the big picture, and when you do so, you will see that Tim Kaine is a worthy candidate, and will make a fine governor, the kind that progressives need in the South if we want to have a true shot and making a difference not just here in Virginia, but in America as well.

And I’m also writing to ask of you another favor. The last one required no action, just reflection. This one does require action. I know most of you who read this do not live in Virginia. I also have an inkling that most of you are bloggers. What that means is that unlike myself, you cannot donate your time. And I understand that many of you, like myself, can not donate money (but for those of you who can please do), but you can help, you can make a difference.

If you know someone in Virginia, call them up, get them out of their chairs and get them voting for Tim Kaine. You can use your own blog to get the word out. There has been much pondering as to the power of the blogosphere, and we all have it within our grasp to prove just how powerful we can be. I beg of you to visit the Tim Kaine website (provided below), get to know Tim, and above all else, write! I’ve made many friends in the blogosphere, and I know you have too, now is the time to get them on the bandwagon as well. Tell them to call their Virginian friends and family to get out to the polls.

You know, something that affected me greatly was Tim Kaine’s stump speech that I had the pleasure of seeing in person last weekend. The running theme was that he had a “Good News Story to tell”, and he wasn’t wrong. Together with 08 hopeful Mark Warner, Tim Kaine has accomplished a lot of good things , and he does have a Good News Story to tell.

I now turn to you, my friends, to help him tell it.

For more information on how you can help, or to even just become more acquatined with Kaine, please click here.

Remember, it’s Fourth and Goal, time is running out, and you can make a difference.

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