Fourteen And A Wake Up


Howie Kurtz rightly notes that while it continues to look like Barack Obama is running away with this election, there are still fifteen days left until election day, and pundits have been wrong in the past.  That’s why I’m kicking off the “wake up” series.

Every day from here until election day I will post a music video and encourage you to get out there and get involved; because with two weeks left, there’s still plenty of time for things to go wrong.  With fourteen days and a wake up left until election day, now is not the time to get complacent, now is not the time to rest on our laurels.  Now is the time to work harder than we’ve ever worked before.

Because over the course of fourteen days this election will be one and lost by people like you and me; people who get up, drive to their local field office, man the phones, knock on doors, or put together yard signs.  Because not a single vote can be allowed to walk away, and no voter can be left unturned.

This morning, I spent an hour and a half putting together lawn signs.  I have people fear, but I still walked into that office and I stood around with six other strangers talking, and I’m going to do it again, and I’m going to do it again, and on election day I will actually let perfect strangers ride in my car so that I can make sure they have their chance to vote.

It was inspiring, this morning.  I shared a table with mostly elderly white women, the very same type of voter that Obama was supposed to have a hard time connecting with.  One of them is a recent widower of a clergyman, you know, one of those Christians that Obama is supposed to have a hard time connecting with.  She told me that the last vote he cast before shuffling off this mortal coil this February was a vote for Obama in the Democratic primary.

She told him on his death bed that she would do everything in her power to see Barack Obama elected, and that’s how she found herself side by side with an unkempt thirty year old putting lawn signs together for Barack Obama.

This is hard for me to do, as you can ask some of my colleagues here.  I don’t do well around people, and in fact have a job that affords me the opportunity to have minimal contact with others.  But I do it anyway because come November 5th, win or lose, I don’t want to sit there and ask myself what more could I have done?

Now it’s your turn.  Find your local field office, make a commitment, talk to your neighbors, knock on doors, put a bumper sticker on your car, put a lawn sign up in your lawn.  Just take some food to the local Obama office, believe it or not, that helps.  Anything helps.

If you want the evening of November 4th to be a resounding declaration that this country wants change, has chosen change, has chosen a temperate, intelligent, wise, and inspiring leader, this is what you have to do.  Your vote’s not enough.  Get out there, and work for it.

And if you do so, if you, like me, give it your all, not only will you be spared the question, “what more could I have done?” but also I am positive on November 4th, as I sit here liveblogging and drinking myself into rapturous oblivion, we will have a new president ushered in by a landslide.




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