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Sunday, September 05, 2004

Cure for the turnout blues

Texas is going for Bush. If that didn't happen, it would be a miracle and I might actually begin to believe in god. So while I speak about national politics more than state politics on this blog, I only do so because the Internet reaches far beyond my state. Locally, if politics come up, I try to remember to remind people to vote because in our newly divided state, every vote counts more than ever is staffing Congress properly.

That being said, I will say that I was much heartened today. My family came down, and they are a bunch of Bush supporters, like much of Texas. After they dogged me about my signage supporting Lloyd Doggett, we decided to go to the brand new South Congress festival today to check out some shops and some music. There were tons of people out there registering people to vote and to the very last one they were decked out in either anti-Bush stuff or pro-Kerry stuff. (One exception: a group that wants to recall Mayor Wynn, a group that is truly pissing in the wind. Most people I know like Mayor Wynn, if only because he gutted the attempts to ban smoking downtown.) For a determined liberal-hating Republican, it would be difficult to hate these people. They had their signage, but their words and smiles were different. "Are you registered? Whatever you do, wherever you live, whoever you vote for, please register."

Looking at all these people, I thought to myself that if these folks can come out and both campaign for Kerry and register voters, even though they know that Kerry isn't going to win Texas, then there's no excuse for the rest of us not to vote. Especially those of us who live in states where it won't be a walk. Every little bit counts. Kerry won't win Texas, of course. But if he gets alot of votes here, it could cause our bug-eyed right wing element to reconsider their beliefs that everyone here agrees with them.

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I'm on the other side of the battle. In Illinois, we have excess Kerry and Barack Obama votes that unfortunately we can't export to more needy states. Yet I continue to do voter registration because it's one way people can feel ownership in the country. We used to say, "If you don't vote you have no right to bitch about the results."

Also, because of the fiasco that is the Republican party this year here, we have a genuine opportunity to pick up a few congressional and statewide seats.

And we're building for the future, getting the databases stoked, keeping the party alive and active. We always complain that politicians ignore us unless it's an election year. Once they get into office we still have to make sure they do our bidding. If someone wins with a smaller than expected margin they'll be forced to take the opposition very seriously.

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