So here's the deal:
- Today's my 23rd birthday.
- Jocelyn Benson's birthday is tomorrow. Pat Miles's birthday was this past Tuesday.
- I'm not expecting much in the way of birthday presents - my family is not doing well, financially speaking.
- I'm still very much underemployed (I bartend once or twice a month).
- One third of our state's population lives in a competitive or quasi-competitive Congressional district (1, 3, 7, 9, 15).
- About a quarter of the state's population lives in a competitive State Senate district.
- About a third of the state's population lives in a competitive State House district.
- Whatever you think about the races for Governor and Attorney General, the Secretary of State's race is very competitive. And if Jocelyn doesn't win this time... well, I don't know what to say.
- The Republicans are going for revenge for their 2008 Supreme Court loss, targeting Justice Davis and airing slick "Young and Kelly, Kelly and Young" ads.
- Many people, good and otherwise, have been elected by a small number of votes, including John Engler, Mike Rogers, Roger Kahn, John Pappageorge, Al Franken, LBJ (to the US Senate), and I could go on.
I ask each of you to give 23 hours of your time over the next couple of weeks to help get out the vote.
23 hours over 12 days. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, consider that there are many campaign staffers across the state who work 12- to 16-hour days during campaign season, seven days a week, all for very little pay. And they'll be doing that for twelve more days!
If they can do it, so can you. And each of those staffers would hate, hate, hate for their candidate to lose after all the effort they invested in this election. Especially if it's very close - like recount-close.
So stop by your local campaign office and sign up for a few shifts of GOTV work. And don't forget what else you can do: Let the Justice Caucus know you'd like to help with their Supreme Challenge campaign. Maybe even give a few bucks. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. (As Election Day approaches, many papers have LTTE cutoff dates; any LTTEs submitted after that date will not be considered for publication - so get your letters in ASAP!)
You will help Democrats win races up and down the ballot. You will make new friends in the campaign office. You will help boost your chances of getting a leadership role in your local Democratic Party after the election (if you're into that kind of thing).
And you will help stun the pundits.
23 hours. That's not much of your time, when you think about it. And it's well worth the investment.
Let's leave it all on the field!