The democrats need to stop whining about Senator Obama, get off our butts and help him win. Enough with the all the hand wringing, with all the "what Obama NEEDS to do NOW" advice and Hillary comeback fantasies. Obama WILL win but he needs YOUR help.
Let's focus our energy on getting Obama elected. What have you done today to help Obama win? Stop whining, get busy.
If your ignorant friend keeps forwarding those "Obama is a secret Muslim who wasn't born in the US and by the way, did you notice that he's black?" e-mails, delete the e-mail and register a few voters to cancel out the ignoramus vote. Don't get mad, get even.
Dems worry that whites won't vote for a black man. That means we need to focus on registering more people who WILL vote for a black man. Stop worrying about those who would never have supported the ticket for whatever reason and focus on making the case for Obama-Biden with the others.
Obama needs your help to win and he's asked you to get in your friends and neighbor's faces:
"I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face," he said.
"And if they tell you that, 'Well, we're not sure where he stands on guns.' I want you to say, 'He believes in the Second Amendment.' If they tell you, 'Well, he's going to raise your taxes,' you say, 'No, he's not, he's going lower them.' You are my ambassadors. You guys are the ones who can make the case."
Keep It Simple. McCain Equals Bush. Period.
McCain = Bush means we win. Continuing to whine about Palin means they win. Let's continue to weave the narrative that a vote for McCain is four more years of the failed Bush policies. Remind voters that McCain voted 90% of the time with Bush. We need to point out just how dishonorable this once honorable man has sunk by saying and doing anything to win. With McCain, it's politics first, country last.
Please don't be distracted by the new shiny thing called Palin. If you insist on talking about Palin, focus on McCain's poor judgment. Focus on McCain - a 72 year old, four-time cancer survivor, who picked a corrupt, lightweight to be a heart beat away from the Presidency. Tie them both to Bush: "What the difference between Palin and Bush? Lipstick. As far as we know."
Sarah "I Can See Russia" Palin is dropping like a rock. The media is starting to do the vetting the McCain camp didn't. At some point, she has to do a press conference. Doesn't she?
We just need to keep focusing on the economy and pointing out that the "Anything But Straight Talk Express" full of good old boys can't fix what ails us:
"Yesterday, John McCain actually said that if he's president he'll take on, and I quote, 'the old boys' network in Washington.' I'm not making this up. This is somebody been in Congress for 26 years, who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign. And now he tells us that he's the one who's gonna take on the old boys' network," he said. "In the McCain campaign that's called a staff meeting!"
Obama Has Earned Your Support
Senator Obama beat the Clintons - the best known brand of the Democratic Party. Obama raised more money, he worked the delegate rules to beat them and built the finest field operation that has been up and running for months. The McCain field operation is a joke compared to ours.
The "No Drama with Obama" campaign was well-run by professionals without the drama and back-biting of the Clintons. They stayed on message, made adjustments when necessary and won the primary.
In Denver, despite all the carping about the Clintons, Obama unified the party. The Clintons did an amazing job helping him to that end! It was an amazing and inspiring convention. We must remain unified in the face of the recent attacks, smears and lies. Hillary has her nose to the grindstone for Obama and so should you.
Obama's Getting His Groove Back, He's Barack On Track
Obama is getting his groove back. Obama is a marathoner who is sometimes a bit slow on the pivot. During the primary, there were bumps in the road but he always managed to adjust. He started as a weak debater but thanks to Hillary he improved during the dozens of democratic debates. John McCain and the repugs only had eight debates to prepare him for battle.
However, we need to continue to up the ante for the GOP ticket, "McCain and Palin are skillful politicians." Ratchet up expectations for their debate performances. Resist repeating the GOP talking point that Biden has to be gentle because Palin is a girl.
Obama is pivoting and punching back now. The Obama campaign is unleashing more surrogates. They are running lots of new ads.
Throw him a bone please. Roderick Spencer nails it. Obama is GOOD at this. We need to calm down:
There is a consistent story out of the Obama campaign. It goes like this: an attack is launched by one of his opponents. The attack appears to be working. Poll numbers change. A gap widens, or narrows. Dismay starts to surface as the candidate and his closest advisors don't seem to be doing anything. Eventually, there is a meeting, or a conference call. Suggestions of how to respond come in thick and fast. Voices clamor to be heard. Then, through the noise comes this directive, "Okay, let's everybody just calm down. Here's what we're going to do." The conversation quickly goes from clamorous to orderly, from strident to strategic, and the campaign moves forward. Since Iowa, remember Iowa!?, this has been happening. Yet it seems that with each new punch thrown by the opposition, his most avid supporters, especially those on the chattering Left who supposedly know better, seem to forget... that Barack Obama is GOOD AT THIS.
Hillary Won't Be Our VP. Enough Already. Seriously.
You have to admire the tenacity of the Hillary supporters who still she a way she can get on the ticket. OK. Repeat after me, "Hillary is not and will not be Obama's VP!" We've moved on. So should you. Oh and embrace Biden...and his gaffes. Biden will continue to make gaffes. We should continue to shrug the gaffes off, "Oh that's just Joe!"
Stop Whining, Do Your Part and Register Voters to Win
We need to register voters while we can. Many states cut off registration in early October.
The key to winning is registration and turn out. Thanks to the contentious battle with Senator Clinton, since 2006, the dems have registered 2.1 million voters while the repugs have lost 440,000.
At a minimum, contact your "fab five", confirm they are registered and talk to them about why you support Obama.
Use the Obama website or blogs as a resource to educate them about your candidate. Focus on these key dates to mobilize your base:
September 26, 2008: Presidential debate with foreign policy focus, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
October 2, 2008: Vice Presidential debate, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
October 7, 2008: Presidential debate in a town hall format, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
October 15, 2008: Presidential debate with domestic policy focus, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
You have a few days to pull together a debate watch party and raise money for Obama. Despite record breaking fundraising, the RNC maintains a cash advantage.
From Obama's Website: Here's How to Make Change:
The Obama campaign asks you how do you want to get involved: "I'll talk to anyone", "I'll talk to my friends, family, and neighbors" or "I want to help on my own". Read through the options at the Obama Action Center and figure out how you will spend the next five weeks getting him elected.
Enough whining. Get active. Let them pry this election from our cold dead hands. The Obama campaign has 2,400 staff members and offices in all 50 states registering voters and getting out the vote. Obama needs more volunteers in your home town to maintain the edge in his superior field operation.
We are the change we've been waiting for. Let's get busy.