Saturday, July 24, 2004

Countdown to Boston

Preliminary reports from my Faithful Correspondent have her prepped and ready to hit Beantown tonight.

If her excitement is any indication, this is going to be a very good year for Democrats.  It has gotten a lot of people energized and ready to take action.  Some people credit Howard Dean, some credit still-lingering anger over the election of 2000, and most credit the amazing arrogance, blundering, and radical conservativism of the Bush administration.  I think all of it feeds into this stoked-up energy that will break out into the open this week at the convention and hopefully carry on until November 2.  I know that I and some friends are making contact with local party offices so we can help get the word out, either by lending a hand at the office or doing whatever it takes.  I haven’t actively participated in a political campaign at that level since Jack Gilligan ran for governor in Ohio in 1970.

And there’s some good news on the polling front, according to this in the Sun-Sentinel:

WASHINGTON — Democrat John Kerry holds a 10-point lead over President Bush in Pennsylvania, and a slight lead in Oregon, polls released Friday said.

Two new Florida polls found the race deadlocked in a three-way race, suggesting that independent Ralph Nader again could play a pivotal role in the essential swing state of 2000. Bush won the disputed Florida election by a margin of a few hundred votes, and Democrats blamed Nader, who had more than 97,000 votes, for tipping the balance in the state and awarding Bush the presidency.

For Kerry to be that far ahead in Pennsylvania is amazing. This is the state that has been described – at least in the center of the state – as the Alabama of the north as far as rock-ribbed conservatism is concerned. But you don’t get ten points ahead by just carrying Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. And with Kerry picking up strength with the Hispanic vote, he’s trending ahead of Gore in 2000. But it’s not being done by magic. It’s being done by a lot of people who took it for granted that someone else would get out there and make it happen. Well, we learned what happened when mindset kicks in. The downside is all too obvious. The upside is that people like my parents who heretofore never did much more for a political campaign then contribute money and vote (their work in other areas such as Planned Parenthood and land conservation are another matter entirely) are now on their way to Boston to give their time and energy to getting John Kerry elected. They’ve always led by example, which is the best way.

So, let’s get out there and get going.