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I was driving from San Francisco to Santa Barbara when a woman called my cell phone and asked whether I would like to talk with ex-president Jimmy Carter.  I said that if it was a recording, I didn't want to.  She said that it was the real thing.  So we scheduled a phone appointment for 12:35 today.

I was in the process of pulling over at 12:34 when the lady called again.  She waited for me to get parked and then put him on... and it was really Jimmy Carter!

He was asking me to contribute to his son's senate campaign in Nevada.

So I told him that I already had.  That I had already sent the maximum $2,100 contribution to the Jack Carter for Senate campaign.  He was surprised about that and then we talked about how to contribute even more through the state party.  He gave me the name of the lady at the state party and their mailing address.

And then, since I figured the phone call was almost over, I told him that I appreciated his being outspoken about today's issues - particularly about North Korea and in his August Der Spiegel interview where he said:
  • Israel had no moral or legal justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon.

  • The Bush administration was very shrewd and effective in painting anyone who disagreed with the policies as unpatriotic or even traitorous.

  • The major news media in our country were complicit in this subservience to the Bush administration out of fear that they would be accused of being disloyal.

  • And that we've never had an administration before that so overtly and clearly and consistently passed tax reform bills that were uniquely targeted to benefit the richest people in our country at the expense or the detriment of the working families of America.
He told me that he had received a lot of flack about that interview and that he appreciated my comments.

Then we talked about various campaigning techniques.  He said that he and his family really knew about low-budget campaigns and that all 22 of his family were going to work for Jack from next Monday until the election.

I told him that I had a group of friends that pretty much had decided to pass this race by because it was losing race and that our money would be better spent in Montana or elsewhere.

He said that the most recent polls from the WSJ showing Jack down 6% which was within the area of chance for a win.  His honesty showed through in that he didn't say that Jack was a winner; rather he said that he was a long shot but a worthwhile long shot.

Jimmy Carter said it best when he said that he and his family knew low-budget campaigning with long odds.  And that it was the personal touch that won elections.

All the while - as we were talking - I was watching my car clock tick away.  Overall, our conversation lasted 12-1/2 minutes.

I felt very sad afterwards.  Sad because I had talked with an American hero and that the conversation was real and personal and friendly and open-ended.

As a result, I heartily recommend that you too contribute the maximum to Jack Carter's senate campaign. And also to the group's Nevada campaign.  And to the Nevada Democratic State Party with an earmarked contribution to the Jack Carter campaign.

Here are the links:

Please do contribute.  I did and am encouraging others to do so also.

Originally posted to expolitico on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:30 AM PDT.

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  •  Cool story (13+ / 0-)

    Thanks.  Good way to bring attention to Jack Carter's campaign too!

    Support Will Pryor for Congress [TX-32]

    by Whiskey Sam on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:31:37 AM PDT

  •  Wow. (9+ / 0-)

    Wow wow wow. Lucky you!

    I have donated to Carter's campaign--not the max, as I don't have that kind of cash--but I will right now and give a little more. This time as a salute to Jimmy!

  •  ALL Carters will be in NV this weekend! (10+ / 0-)

    The Carters will be all over Nevada. Jack, his wife, his parents, his kids, his siblings and nieces and nephews will fan out all over Nevada this weekend:

    Three generations of Carters will be in Nevada October 20 - 22, throwing their support behind Jack Carter, the Democratic nominee for United States Senate. The visit coincides with the start of early voting on Saturday, October 21.

    Led by Jack and his parents - former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn - the family members will get their assignments at 10 a.m. Friday in Henderson. From there, they will fan out across Nevada. Family members will meet with voters in Carson City, Elko, Fallon, Fernley, Henderson, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Lovelock, Mesquite, Minden, Overton, Reno, Searchlight, Winnemucca, and Yerington.

    "I'm excited that Mom and Dad, my two brothers and sister Amy will be among those who'll be meeting folks across our great state, urging them to participate in the political process this fall," Jack Carter says. "They will be helping me to spread the word that it's time for change and that I will serve them as Nevada's voice to Washington and not the other way around."

  •  12:30 (2+ / 0-)
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    oortdust, whl

    A brush with fame has made you anal.

    Kidding. Congratulations!

    -7.63, -7.59 "George Bush can speak perfectly well, just not when he's trying to be caring or compassionate or concerned about human beings." --- Patton Oswalt

    by droogie6655321 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:41:55 AM PDT

  •  Maybe I'm and oddball, but (7+ / 0-)
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    RoIn, Susan1138, epcraig, oortdust, serrano, marykk, whl

    Jimmie Carter is actually my favorite president. Don't quite know why. Maybe because of the unvarnished honesty an integrity, the never stop doing good in an unassuming manner, or that he was the first Southern President (well, LBJ, sort of) in a long while. Maybe it was because he got a raw deal out of crashed helocopters while Bush for five years got a pass on wreching our economy and taking us into a quagmire. Maybe because, by golly, I would love have a beer (er, coffee) with Jimmy. I would even go to church with him.

    And I like his son from what I have seen as well.

    •  Don't Forget Rosalyn (6+ / 0-)
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      msstaley, epcraig, grayslady, oortdust, marykk, whl

      A long time advocate for mental health parity, a full partner with her husband, and an exceptional First Lady.

      President and Mrs. Carter make me proud to be a Democrat.

    •  I'm there with you. (2+ / 0-)
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      msstaley, whl

      I have wanted to meet with him , at a book signing or something, for years and it hasn't worked out.  He was given such a shaft.  What a good good man.

    •  Agreed. (2+ / 0-)
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      RoIn, msstaley

      For me it's because Jimmy Carter, of all former presidents in my living memory, has used his standing to do good.  Clinton is kinda-sorta headed in that direction, but so long as he's sidetracked by Hillary's political career he'll have the fame but not the gravitas of Carter.  Clinton himself said that when he left office he looked around and saw Carter as the great rolemodel.

      And really, think about it.  Can you name a single Republican former president who's crafted a new career focused soley on "doing good"?

      Eisenhower?  Retired to Gettysburg Pa, spent his (few - died in '68) post-presidency years encouraging current Presidents to maintain a dominant military force.
      Nixon?  Spent most of his time working to rehabilitate his image (and had some success).
      Ford?  In between skiing in Vail & golfing everywhere, made the occasional appearance at historical & ceremonial events of relevance to the nation.
      Reagan?  Wrote his autobiography, rode horses, chopped wood and and made occasional partisan appearances on behalf of the GOP.
      Bush I? Has tried and so far failed to reign in his nightmare of a son.

      With credit to Wikipedia for the info (except for the editorializing on Bush I).

      Eminem? Yeah. He's hot. I'd do him.

      by aggieric on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 08:56:29 AM PDT

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      •  And Remember (2+ / 0-)
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        <<And really, think about it.  Can you name a single Republican former president who's crafted a new career focused soley on "doing good"?>>

        I can't.  And remember -- it is Republicans who procliam that it is volunteerism that is the answer to all our problems.

        What's wrong with this picture.

  •  good targeting by the campaign! (10+ / 0-)

    In addition to being impressed by the diarist, I'm also impressed by the Carter campaign. From what I can tell by this diary, they did something exactly right. They looked through their databases of people who give a lot of money to Democrats, identified someone who has strong connections to Carter, and got Pres. Carter to take merely 12 1/2 minutes of his time to (a) tell the contributor how else he can help, and (b) impress the contributor enough to post a diary on DKos and probably bring in hundreds of dollars in additional contributions. That's the type of stuff the GOP used to be better at, and that's a pleasant sign of increased wisdom in Democratic circles. In Nevada, no less. Let's hope it works!

  •  I hope every democratic activist in NV (6+ / 0-)

    gets out to volunteer for Jack.  He's the real deal...get it, Vegas, real deal?  = )

    If anyone deserves to win it is this guy.  His father is the last real progressive democratic president.  

  •  Jack Carter is a Fighting Dem Vet (8+ / 0-)

    like his father. No compparison with Chickenhawks.

    He is listed on the Muster Roll on my site. Love these vets, even ex-first sons. Haha.

  •  Jack Carter (6+ / 0-)
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    msstaley, epcraig, grayslady, oortdust, willers, whl

    This is a race that has not been been on the national radar a lot but the ingredients could be there for an upset if the national Democratic tide is high enough. The last Zogby poll shows Ensign at 49% and Carter at 42%. Carter had been as high as 45% in Zogby in a previous poll.

    The massive personal effort being made by the Carter family  and the recent campaigning by Bill Clinton may not yet be showing in the polls so this race may be even closer than it appears.

    If any of you can contribute money or time this is an important race. It would be great to see Jack Carter in a Democratic majority Senate.

  •  wow, that is AMAZING! (5+ / 0-)
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    elfling, sardonyx, epcraig, oortdust, whl

    just an FYI... I was talking to someone from another Dem Senate campaign this week... They said they are picking up points in rural areas by opposing NAIS - the National Animal ID System.

    Here is a diary by Elfling with more info on it - see if you can pass the message on to Carter:

    A vocal opposition to something this destructive to family farmers could really help out!!!

    Recipe For America - A people-powered movement to take back our food system

    by OrangeClouds115 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:59:08 AM PDT

  •  Thanks. I followed links and gave again. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Wow. (3+ / 0-)
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    And a sterling endorsement of how we cannot leave any race behind, no matter whether "they" say it's "winnable" or not.

    My own candidate for Congress, TJ Cox CA-19, has been showing pretty much the party reg percentages for a long time, which is about 60/40 Republican (I'm in a rural area of California owned by big ag and fundamentalists). BUT the numbers are coming up because of the debate and the TV ads... AND most people I've talked to are NOT voting Repub, but are voting for CHANGE, including against the incumbent and for TJ Cox.

    We know the tide is turning, we see it here every day.

    TJ has been 100% ignored by the big "netroots" starmakers, but he's still running... he's not giving up, just like Jack Carter. He's on a shoestring budget because the internet money funnel has passed him by, and people here have literally laughed at his ads because they're not big budget affairs created by clever ad agencies.

    Wouldn't it be nicer to DONATE to the campaign so he CAN make better TV ads and run them more widely and frequently? You would think so, right? Is is really that much more fun to be lazy and laugh at a candidate's attempts to work with very little instead of helping them win Nov. 7th?

    I have very very little money. But I have given till it hurts to my candidate as well as others. I have gone without, I have pimped loudly and shamelessly over the tubes, I have put up an ActBlue page and a new blog, I have organized, I have gotten myself elected to the DCC, I have given out campaign publicity freebies like yard signs, I have driven long distances to events, and I am organizing a meet & greet in my area which people are pretty darn excited about.

    This is what I have done for my candidate, I have taken all this upon myself at personal expense partly because the "netroots" have blown off my race as a foregone conclusion. Yes, well, when you starve the cat, the cat will die.

    This is what we call a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Which, this election cycle more than any other in my lifetime, we cannot afford to perpetuate in ANY race.

    GIVE. GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS. Give to races like Jack Carter, TJ Cox, and any other that is within striking distance and which has been ignored or marginalized by the "netroots". As we have been seeing, ANY race is in that margin. Congress' approval rating is frickin' 16%, people.






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