Friday, October 31, 2008
When you open this, make sure to move the mouse and click on objects in the room. And have your speakers on.
Every single vote is desperately needed. Even with polls showing Obama with a lead, four days is a lifetime in politics. Take nothing for granted. Work as hard as you possibly can, then work a little harder. I know I will.
If your state allows early voting, take advantage of it and get to the polls today. My DH and I voted early this week, waiting just under one hour.
For a bit of a break from CNN, MSNBC and NPR, to which we've been glued for months, we visited Charlotte's famous wall of pumpkins last night. Below are a few photos of this delightfully fun and very political event.
The pumpkin wall in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood (537 Lamar, Charlotte) is an awesome sight, especially with its pro Obama theme! Note the Yes We Can words just above the lighted Obama. Be sure to click on the photo for a closer view.
Photo Credit: Bill Guerrant
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times." (quote from article below)
I URGE you to read the following article and then take action by calling state election officials and demanding this injustice be fixed NOW - even if you don't reside in one of the six states listed. The outcome of this election which affects us all so profoundly, depends on every voter being allowed to vote and on every single vote being counted!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I received this note from from MoveOn.org this morning:
If you're an Obama supporter, watching the polls or reading the news can feel pretty good right now. And we should feel good—progressives have worked hard to get this far!
But we can't listen to the pundits who say it's over. I encourage all of you out there to volunteer for Obama between now and Election Day! This election is too important not to.
TOP 5 REASONS OBAMA SUPPORTERS SHOULDN'T REST EASY
1. The polls may be wrong. This is an unprecedented election. No one knows how racism may affect what voters tell pollsters—or what they do in the voting booth. And the polls are narrowing anyway. In the last few days, John McCain has gained ground in most national polls, as his campaign has gone even more negative.
2. Dirty tricks. Republicans are already illegally purging voters from the rolls in some states. They're whipping up hysteria over ACORN to justify more challenges to new voters. Misleading flyers about the voting process have started appearing in black neighborhoods. And of course, many counties still use unsecure voting machines.
3. October surprise. In politics, 15 days is a long time. The next McCain smear could dominate the news for a week. There could be a crisis with Iran, or Bin Laden could release another tape, or worse.
4. Those who forget history... In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote after trailing by seven points in the final days of the race. In 1980, Reagan was eight points down in the polls in late October and came back to win. Races can shift—fast!
5. Landslide. Even with Barack Obama in the White House, passing universal health care and a new clean-energy policy is going to be hard. Insurance, drug and oil companies will fight us every step of the way. We need the kind of landslide that will give Barack a huge mandate.
If you agree that we shouldn't rest easy, please sign up to volunteer at your local Obama office by clicking here:
We're just two weeks away from turning the page on the Bush era—but we can't afford to take our eye off the prize. We've got to keep pushing until the very end.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Colin Powell just endorsed Barack Obama for President. Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw this morning, Powell spoke very strongly about both candidates before endorsing Obama. Amongst his concerns about McSame: the Republican party has gone way too far to the right, the selection of Palin was concerning - she is not at all ready/qualified to be president in his view, the conduct of Palin on the campaign trail - of interjecting hate, religious bigotry and character assassination into her speeches and the failure of McSame to stop same. He's also concerned about the potential appointment of two right-wing conservatives to the Supreme Court.
Amongst the strengths of Obama: His intellectual curiosity and steadiness in times of crisis and his depth of knowledge.
To read the full story, go to: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/19/colin.powell/index.html
Interestingly, when doing my GOTV calls yesterday, I spoke with a 28-year old female voter in Charlotte. Asked what most attracted her to Obama, she responded: "His intelligence and his willingness to listen to differing views." Indeed.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I spent this afternoon calling voters. Of those I reached, ALL enthusiastically said they are voting for Barack Obama. One young voter has moved to NYC so I spoke with his father who told me both he and his wife are supporting Obama and voting early.
It's always easier to preach to the choir of course. But talking with and convincing Independents and Republicans to support the Barack Obama campaign for CHANGE is more important than ever. Please do everything you can to GOTV - get out the vote! Thanks!
As Senator Obama so often quotes from Scripture: "Hold firmly without wavering to the hope that we confess."
Monday, October 13, 2008
There are just 17 days until the election. Early voting, which began Thursday in North Carolina, was extremely heavy. Last year, 740 people voted in Mecklenburg County on the first day. This year? Over 7500. That's a very encouraging sign. But we can't stop working now. Each time the Republican slime machine spews more hatred and division, we must respond by hitting the streets, knocking on doors, making more phone calls and talking with friends and neighbors.
I spent this afternoon calling voters. Of those I reached, ALL enthusiastically said they are voting for Barack Obama. One young voter has moved to NYC so I spoke with his father. Is he voting for Obama? Yes he is.