Tomorrow's battle started
In January, 2001
On September 12, 2002
Or on March 20, 2003
For me, it was renewed on all of those dates, but perhaps it's been most game-on since November 3, 2004.
The fight was long. Our candidate screwed up royally - but probably wasn't as inept as we like to joke now. Turnout, it was reported, was high. Historically high.
Turnout - I said, on November 2, 2004 - was the word of that day as it is predicted to be the word of tomorrow. You've seen the footage of hours-long lines at polling places where voters have early-vote options.
But as Rachel Maddow discussed tonight, while Democrats have been shouting "ground game" (and since when did we stop saying "field" - whatevs) to whomever will listen. Republicans simply don't talk about it. They just show up, in force, no really IN FORCE, up to a million strong, for the last 72 hours of the race.
Dems spend months cajoling people into weekend after weekend of volunteer work. We organize for voter ID, we organize for early vote, we organize ourselves silly. The Reeps just show up for E-Day and that's all. they. do. Their field operation is a little-known, nearly invisible ballet that delivered the White House in 2000 and 2004.
Have I said I wish I were in the field lately? 'Cause I do. (Opps! Why is WV so hard to get to?)
The seeds sown for years ago are mature now - but what will we reap?
My Election Day Wish List:
A declared winner by bedtime.
Hmm, I could've sworn I had more items, but that's kinda all that is sticking in mind right now. That should about cover it.
Oh, wait, I wish for Prop 8 to get spanked. Vote No, y'all.
So this is it. Good luck everyone - Philly, WV, I'm with you in spirit.