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I read this over at Political Wire earlier today
A new Democracy Corps poll shows the country has "lost confidence in President Bush's leadership, direction and plans for the country, and seems to have closed down on him and his conservative project. His job approval continues downward, and 45 percent of voters say they are 'finished with him.'

This is a moment when Democrats can get heard on their plans and their direction for the country, as voters are focused not just on Katrina, but even more on Iraq, the deficits, gas prices, and the economy."

Bush Must feel exhausted.......

This is a moment when Democrats can get heard

I think i have been going at this politics thing 7 days a week since about May of 04.

Voter registration, Canvassing, phonebanking, training others, organizing meetings, strategy meetings, fundraising, letters to the editor, building press contacts, researching and of course blogging.

And quite frankly, today i feel burned out. It's about the 3rd time i have felt like this since May of 04. I even told my wife I was gonna stop once - but like an addict i didn't.

It's tough to keep going sometimes when you have nothing to show for your work - well not election results anyhow, which is really all that matter.

I often get REALLY dismayed by the apathy of others, even the laziness - you often feel like you are working on your own - trying to do everything yourself - if only others would step up you repeat to yourself.

Of course, others do step up and that is what keeps me going. It's never enough people, it never will be - but enough to keep me going and give me some energy and hope.

I was hoping 2005 was going to be a building year. Rebuilding my county party (it's getting better and fielding a full slate in Nov 2005) and building a brand new county Political action committee (Licking County Pro-Active Citizens).

The kind of year where you put in a few hours a week ready for 2006.

Hasn't really turned out like that. First while a lot of talk was going on about the Ohio election we were out planning the Reform Ohio Now effort - I didn't expect it to get this far - and somewhere down the line I think I need to write a monster diary thanking a bazzillion people.

Then came Social Security. Organizing forums, a local letter writing campaign, pressuring our GOoOper congressmen.

One of those is Bob Ney and he has kept us busy - with the tremendous help of CREW.

We have also been involved in a few local dog fights.

So it has been busier than 2004, if that was possible.

As the weeks have gone by since last November things are changing so fast, something new each week.

First local parties hanging onto Kerry volunteers and rebuilding, Then groups like the Central Ohio Progressive and Democratic coalition forming, Blue88 organizing, numerous Ohio blogs, including oh02.com that spearheaded the Hackett effort, and of course www.growohio.com

Even the Ohio Democratic County Chairs are moving into the 21st century with some real data tools.

We have some early candidates, and as soon as Hackett announces the top of the ticket is complete.

When i look at what is ahead in the next few weeks leading up to our essential 2005 elections, and then the massive effort for 2006 the amount of work that lays ahead is incredible. It won't all get done, and what gets done won't always be perfect.

What is different though, is that for the first time in a long time Dems and progressives feel connected and together in a common cause.

I am starting to feel like we are becoming a force to be reckoned with at the grass roots. An emerging powerhouse to rival the religious right (say what you want about them - they are organized, efficient, and just never stop working - they earn what they have achieved)

So, I am going to close this diary tonight with a simple request. If you aren't already a member of a local grass roots organization, or Democratic club please consider joining one and donating a few hours of your time each month (or week). Help out a local candidate - or send a few bucks to somewhere where it will do some good (www.Reformohionow.com - hint hint).

If you are already a member and are contributing to making us a force in politics - you're a star, pat yourself on the back - and get back to work - your neighborhood, state and country is counting on you !

And How is Bush (and the GOP machine) feeling about this ? Scared Shitless.

Originally posted to Pounder on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:23 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  great diary Pounder (4.00)
    And great work for Ohio.  You and the rest of your Ohio crew are heroic.
  •  There's going to be a lot of comments here . . . (4.00)
    about how Dems aren't "ready to take advantage" of this death spiral BushCo is in, but you're spot on. It's US that has to do this work. No one is going to do it for us.

    Lead? No. Follow? No.

    Get the fuck out of the way . . .

    •  That really is the message (4.00)
      the people I am proud of the most are the big national dogs, but the couple of folks who volunteered their asses off in 2004 and are now local candidates for my city council - and are still working their asses off.

      At the end of the day it is about us. It isn't about anything else.
      Santorum and Rove didnt do squat - their grass roots did it for them

      •  I'm happy.. (none)
        ..to work my ass off for '06 and '08, but I'll be pretty angry if we fail to mobilize a winning strategy at the top this go 'round.  

        I hate to Godwin this thread, but this is like Europe early in WW2: Nazis are in Paris, the mainland is under German dominion from Warsaw to the Atlantic.  If the Allies on June 6, 1944, had been content to throw some firecrackers and not FIGHT to WIN, I would've been mad about that too.

        Note: I'm not saying Republicans are Nazis.  It's just a convenient metaphor to address the fight against near hegemony.

        My home state's DP, for example, is run by an ad agency executive, and the state DP STILL can't get a unified message out.  That's disheartening.

        Witty, topical tag line.

        by socratic on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:30:31 PM PDT

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        •  by the way (none)
          I couldn't agree more that it's about US.  I'm just saying I want to be working for a team that has a clue.  I don't want to be a home run hitter bashing out 70 dingers for a team that's in last place because the GM doesn't know how to recruit pitching...

          Witty, topical tag line.

          by socratic on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:37:17 PM PDT

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  •  great call to action (4.00)
    I remember deciding last summer to get off the blogs and into the streets. I am gearing up for Claire McCaskill's fight against Jim Talent and actually feel hopeful.

    "I ain't always right, but I've never been wrong - seldom turns out the way it does in a song."

    by Glic on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:27:15 PM PDT

    •  Right there with you! (4.00)
      I was so disappointed when Blunt won in November.  I look forward to helping her defeat Talent in 2006.  
    •  I saw Jon Stewart on tour earlier this year (4.00)
      And he said the reason the extremists are ahead is because the rest of us "have shit to do," while the extremists have all the time in the world to sit around pounding on drums outside Shaivo's room. But he said things will change when enough of us realize, "maybe that other shit can wait" and get busy. Seeing 800 people drown--maybe that will finally get though.
  •  Pounder (4.00)
    I don't know how you do it but you are truly an inspiration.  We can all understand the feeling of burnout and just being downright tired.  Thanks for recapping some of the successes of the last year.  Perspective is so important.  We are making progress.  
  •  I looked at the diary title... (4.00)
    ...and was afraid the text contained admission you were a narcisstic, sociopathic, coke addled, alcoholic, bad tempered, spoiled, immature, fetal alcohol syndrome afflicted simian.

    Imagine my relief!

    "It's time to come home, America"--Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), September 13, 2005

    by Raybin on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 06:52:32 PM PDT

  •  Broken link? (none)
    I couldn't get the "Central Ohio Progressive and Democratic coalition" link to work.
  •  More Ohio Progressive Links (none)
    A Yahoo group fighting Ohio election fraud, Case Ohio.

    A Yahoo group for progressive military.

    Web site for Central Ohio gay Democrats.

  •  Like this? (none)
    Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

    Thoughts from Connecticut -

    by ctsteve on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:39:00 PM PDT

  •  I wasn't aware (none)
    I wasn't aware that so many were active in here! Maybe it's because I work alone! I have been beating up three right-wingers a day! The problem is it's getting expensive because of gas prices. When I see a truck with a "W" sticker on it I follow them and then simply kick their ass when they get out of their truck.

    I figure it is somewhat their fault that we are in this mess and since I can't get to George I'll kick their ass.

    Okay, jokes aside. THANK YOU, for what you are doing! I am out reaching people with fliers. I am pointing out what the media won't.

    This week I left about 125 around in public places. That's small compared to what you people are doing but I think it might have an impact.

    If I meet people I talk about it. I have one guy that is now a friend he was a Bush supporter. His dad still is because his dad is a sheep lol. He agrees with everything I say and then goes and tells his son (my buddy) I am wrong!

    THANK you for this post because it really gives some confort in this huge storm!

    •  That's the grunt work (none)
      that eventually leads to majorities. It feels thankless and frustrating, but you just gotta keep plugging away and before we all know it we have victories and can look back and realize we all helped make a difference.

      Al Gore "lost" by a few hundred votes - so individuals matters.

      •  We can ALL find a role to play (none)
        For example, I hate asking people for money, which is a large chunk of volunteer time.  So instead I'm doing a bit of graphic design work (which is weird, if you knew my background, but everyone's always been happy with what I do), hang signs, and, most of all, talk up the people I'm supporting without apology and only telling a positive story (not tearing down the opponent, if I can help it).  

        EVERYONE can find a way to help.  

        Witty, topical tag line.

        by socratic on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:44:59 PM PDT

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    •  Instead of beating their asses you could (none)
      just sit back and let the folks at the gas stations do the job for you. Always respect the power of the buck. It packs more punch than half a dozen good jabs of truth.

      I need to steal a good sig.

      by John West on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:47:24 PM PDT

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  •  Get Local In Colorado (none)
    SoapBlox Colorado

    Think Globally, Blog Locally.

    Thanks for all your work, Pounder.  We're doing all we can out here too, from School Board to Senator.

    SoapBlox Colorado - The Daily Kos of the Centennial State. Join today!

    by pacified on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 07:40:11 PM PDT

  •  Everyone repeat after me... (none)
    The emporor has no clue!!
  •  what's up (none)
    with Coingate?

    We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -MLK

    by JLFinch on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:27:01 PM PDT

  •  And I know how YOU feel, Pounder! (none)
    "I often get REALLY dismayed by the apathy of others, even the laziness - you often feel like you are working on your own - trying to do everything yourself - if only others would step up you repeat to yourself."

    I get beyond dismayed - I get pissed off!!  Then I realize the pointlessness (word?) of that - and go back to plugging away.

    I too have told my husband on several occasions that I "quit" - that I'm sick of watching everybody else go on enjoying their lives in blissful ignorance while I bust my ass in addition to working full-time and raising a family.

    But, I want to try to make the world a better place for my kids to grow up in.  And, so, I keep at it.

    Support The Troops, Demand The Truth

    by MamaBear on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 08:39:13 PM PDT

  •  Yo Pounder (none)

    First, thanks for all your time and hard work. You're proof that committed people ca and do make all the difference.

    Now, I'm a software guy (who donates a fair amount of time and effort to Open Source projects) so its kinda natural that I tend to want to think of solutions in that context. So, given your view from the grassroots-level, are there generic tools that you and other committed non-profrssional operative could use to help distribute the workload, make life easier, or well, anything really?

    I'm hot to make a concrete contribution, and this is the best way I can think of. I'd love to hear your ideas.

    As long as the prerequisite for that shining Paradise is ignorance, bigotry, and hate... I say the Hell with it. --Inherit the Wind

    by kingubu on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 10:20:17 PM PDT

    •  So many things (none)
      But there is a HUGE one out there that i dont think has a technical solution.

      One of the most valuable things campaigns and organizations have is their email lists because it is cheap and makes for rapid communication.

      However, there is a shitload of people on lists who dont have email and calling them is expensive and time consuming.

      Finding a solution to that problem would be dynamite.

      The two big tools out there that i can see is scoop (which is going to be adding a whole bunch of campaign modules) and civic space which already has a bunch (though the fundraising tools arent that great in it)

      Both are open source and you should maybe consider helping them out.

  •  So, you know what it feels like... (none)
    to be drunk?
  •  Maybe I can save you some time (none)
    I should say, maybe Johnny Law can save you some time.

    Federal authorities want to know whether an obscure Ohio congressman improperly influenced negotiations in the $147 million SunCruz Casinos deal five years ago as a favor to a politically connected lobbyist and his business partner, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

    Rep. Bob Ney, a Republican better known for touting coal shippers in his district, thrust himself into the sensitive sale in March 2000 when he publicly trashed Fort Lauderdale-based SunCruz owner Gus Boulis in Congress.

    In the midst of the SunCruz negotiations, Ney received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Kidan, Abramoff, Abramoff's wife and Scanlon.

    Take a nap.  Spend some time with your wife.  Take a nap with your wife.

    And thanks for all you've done.

    Rip -

    Truth for authority - not authority for Truth

    by Hail Ripley on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 11:50:12 PM PDT

  •  Keep on Truckin' (none)
    Robert Crumb's Mr. Natural character who was so popular in the sixties underground somehow seems to be the appropriate icon and motto for what you're trying to do. While we can promote change on sites like this, it takes "hard work" (where have we heard that before) by people like yourself to accomplish that change. Many thanks from one who appreciates the difficulty of what you are trying to accomplish and how important is to this country.
  •  It was the worst of times... (none)
    It Was The Best Of Times.

    "You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment." Frances Urquhart (House of Cards)

    by Yankee in exile on Wed Sep 28, 2005 at 12:35:40 AM PDT

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