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This isn't a GBCW diary.  Rather, it's my effort to launch the Obama campaign into it's last 3 days of campaigning and GOTV effort, but without me.  So, it is a Be Good, Wonderful Campaign diary.

I just can't do it any more.  I'm outta gas.  I've left so much out there "on the road" that I simply cannot muster another drop in order to carry on.

Before you condemn me as a quitter, finish reading this.  If, after you have reached the end of my tale, you still feel that I'm chickening out - tell me so.  I lay it all out for you over the fold...

My direct involvement with the Obama Campaign started in March of this year - some seven months ago.  I had been a strong supporter of John Edwards.  I felt that he had the passion to really represent the middle class.  I also wanted him to pick Obama as his VP running mate.

Then, John Edwards dropped out of the race at the end of January.  His campaign had frustrated me to no end.  And Mr. Edwards never seemed to get his feet under him during the early debates.

I evaluated the remaining Democratic contenders.  Hillary just didn't do it for me.  Because she's a woman?  Bah!  Horrible cop-out.  I rate my candidates on the issues, not their plumbing or the color of their hide.  This tall, skinny fellow from Chicago really made sense to me.  More than anything, I liked the guy for his intellect.  And after eight years of Bush the Drooling Retard in the White House, intelligence was SO damned attractive!

Well, I signed up through the website.  Eventually, I got an e-mail from the campaign that they were opening offices in PA and that I should attend the grand opening of the one in my area - which I did.  Part of that first meeting was dedicated to having each person in the room tell the others why they were interested in Barack Obama.  I was about 12th to speak.  I admitted to the 30 or so people in the room that I'm a Republican, told them that I don't want my kids to grow up in a George Bush world, and got the first round of applause for my words.

The organizer asked me to be a Team Leader, which sounded like no big deal.  Was I ever wrong!  I was put in charge of 12 people, 21 voting precincts, and was told to recruit more people wherever I could.  This was for the Pennsylvania Primary.  We tried, but Hillary took PA.

Once Obama had the nomination locked up, I went back to work for the campaign, but only as a door-to-door canvasser.  I'd had enough of that Team Leader stuff.

Since this past March, I have donated money, time, and personal resources of many types to the Obama campaign - including food, drink, gasoline, cell phone hours, and lots of shoe leather.  I have organized canvasses and personally knocked on doors for the man.  I have organized and participated in phone banks on his behalf.  I have begged a lawyer for the free use of his conference room for our phone canvassers. I have spoken before several organizations about how they can help support Barack Obama.

I feel that I've done my part.  I believe that I've done more than most.  After the heart attack that I suffered this past July, my stamina just isn't what it used to be.  Between the heart and my one bad knee, I can't get up and down these Pennsylvania hills like everybody else.  My wife, an RN, tells me that the stress is not good for my diabetes.

So, dear reader, I leave it to you to get Barack Obama across the finish line.  I want nothing more than to be there with you when it happens, but I just can not make it any further in this race.  I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that I was there at the end of it all, but I can't take another step.  I am passing the torch on to you.  You are, each of you, one or more of the following: younger, stronger, healthier, wealthier (or at least employed) than I am.

I'll be cheering you on from here.  When you get over the finish line with our guy, that one voice that seems to be a little louder than the others will be mine.

I'm buying a bottle of champagne for Tuesday night.

Please.....join me for a drink.

Originally posted to Celtic Merlin's Cauldron on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 08:39 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips for those who CAN carry on. (22+ / 0-)

    Get him into the White House for me.  I can't make it to the end.

    Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

    by Celtic Merlin on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 08:40:38 PM PDT

  •  no condemnations, friend (6+ / 0-)

    Congratulations on a job well done!

    and remember:
    get as close to vegan as you can,
    moderate exercise,
    lots of water,
    good vitamin supplements,
    more moderate exercise,
    and a few more vegetables.

    •  what profiteth a man (or woman) to go vegan (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Old Gardener, tgypsy, PMA, WSComn

      if you don't also make an effort to go at least 80% raw, on second thought, you can skip the vegan as long as you make a point of the raw. ;-D

    •  Yes, I'm going to try the veggies, but... (7+ / 0-)

      The diabetic diet is supposed to be higher in meats and proteins while the heart healthy diet says vegetables.

      I guess that I'm going to be a fish and vegetable guy now.  

      Regards and Gratitude,
      Celtic Merlin
      Carlinist

      Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

      by Celtic Merlin on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 08:53:50 PM PDT

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      •  Heart healthy...eat natural foods and fats (0+ / 0-)

        and you are okay with the heart healthy diet. It's the processed fats that are bad. If you eat lean meats, skinless chicken, etc. you'll do just fine. Spouse is pre-Type II and has high cholesterol. We went to lean meats, some fish (too expensive!), and just cut almost all the processed carbs out of his diet. 6 months later, every number is within normal including the cholesterol and diabetes monitoring.

        Also, moderation is a big thing. Hope this helps.

        John McCain and the Keating 5. John McCain and his lobbyists...then and now.

        by SallyCat on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 09:05:19 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, the Dean Ornish Program looks good. (0+ / 0-)

          I won't be able to follow it completely, but I will adopt much of it.

          Thanks for the tip.

          Celtic Merlin

          Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

          by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:25:19 AM PDT

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    •  My gratitude in return, potato. (0+ / 0-)

      It's weird how disappointed I am that I can't finish the battle.  Perhaps I shouldn't be, but I can't shake it.  I intend to try the vegetables.  Certainly not total vegan - I'm too carnivorous.  :0)

      Celtic Merlin

      Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

      by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:22:29 AM PDT

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  •  Sit back and let the kids bring it home (8+ / 0-)

    Obama will actually bring this one home because he has run a clean campaign, he is on the last lap and has his honor intact, he has proven himself to be a formidable foe, and he has been eloquent, classy and dare I say, PRESIDENTIAL.

    So, we'll bring it home.  Sit back and watch the fruits of all your labors.

    It's going to be fun!

    "My Momma always taught me to play by the rules, and if you don't that's called cheatin'." - Donna Brazile

    by jjmn on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 08:54:53 PM PDT

    •  Oh, jjmn, how I wanna be there at the end! (0+ / 0-)

      Please continue the fight in my place.  I won't be able to truly relax until the results are in.  Go get 'em!

      And Thank You.

      Celtic Merlin

      Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

      by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:27:34 AM PDT

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  •  Put the champagne on ice (7+ / 0-)

    Our guy's got it...he'll get it done.
    I no longer have any fear and neither should you.
    You done good, CM, better than most.  You've done enough.
    Rest and enjoy the fruits of your labors.
    Peace.

    Obama/Biden, '08 - Because the failure of America as a democracy is not an option!

    by WSComn on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 08:57:33 PM PDT

  •  you deserve to sleep in tomorrow (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peraspera, Old Gardener, jayden, WSComn, redtex

    You've done good work that will pay off on Tuesday.

    •  Thank you, tgypsy. (1+ / 0-)
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      tgypsy

      I'll rest, but I won't be able to relax until it's all officially over and "President Obama" is certain.

      Seriously...thanks.

      Celtic Merlin

      Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

      by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:31:06 AM PDT

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  •  I'm truly sorry that you decided to (0+ / 0-)

    lump those with mental delays and disabilities in with those whose political opinions you disagree with. I don't believe those with mental delays and disabilities deserve this.

       Sadly,
       Heather

    •  Respect your disabled advocacy, (0+ / 0-)

      but I think the reference was to self-induced, consciously-chosen, alcoholic dementia.

      Thank you for thinking of those with genuine mental delays. You're a good soul.

    •  Out of that entire diary, you focus on ONE WORD?? (0+ / 0-)

      Clearly, you missed the last eight years.  Clearly, you know nothing of George W. Bush and his administration and his history.  Clearly, you saw one word in my diary to which you are obviously hypersensitive and decided that the balance of the text was therefore inconsequential, deserved no recognition, and left it unread.

      What little of Bush's brain was not burnt to a cinder by cocaine, Jack Daniels pickled like a chunk of herring.  He is intellectually incurious, sees the world in only stark white and deepest black, and is incapable of learning from even his own mistakes.  This has nothing to do with the moron's political opinions!!!

      He has wiped his ass with our nation's most precious document - the Constitution, abandoned a major US city to rising water and snakes, values loyalty over competence in his hiring decisions, and lies to the nation with his every breath.  This has nothing to do with the moron's political opinions!!!

      He swaggers like a drunken sailor, smirks at concepts he can't understand, is unable to assemble a coherent sentence without notes, chews with his mouth open and speaks with his mouth full at State Dinners, is inappropriate in his interactions with world leaders (ask Angela Merkel and Tony Blair), has yet to grasp the proper pronunciation of "nuclear", has wrecked the unwreckable Segway, chokes on pretzels, can't ride a bicycle safely, and has cost this nation the respect of most people in the civilized world.  This has nothing to do with the moron's political opinions!!!

      HE TRULY IS "Bush the Drooling Retard".

      The balance of the diary was meant to inspire others to continue a battle which I, regrettably, can no longer wage.  In it, I list what I consider to be very valid reasons for my inability to continue.  In no part of it do I disparage the mentally or physically disabled or those who suffer learning impairments.  You might want to read it someday.

      Your hypersensitivity to the word "retard" blinds you (oh, no...here comes a lecture on the visually impaired!) to all else.  You need to channel George Carlin.  

      Had I been abusive to mentally-challenged people in my use of the word "retard", I could understand the need for your comment.  I would have agreed with you and apologized profusely for my insensitivity and oafishness.  However, the word itself is not disrespectful of anything or anybody.  How a word is used and the meaning attached to it makes all the difference.  Had I typed something akin to, "Let's go down to the ARC house and make fun of all the retards," I would have deserved your admonition and much more.  When applied to the mentally challenged, it is an inappropriate usage.  But simply using the word is not a disrespectful act.

      Finally, before you decide to type a complete lecture on the mentally challenged and/or mentally impaired, you should know a little about my father.  The dear man suffers from profound dementia and Alzheimer's to such a degree that he drools on himself constantly, soils himself daily, is no longer able to feed himself, can no longer speak coherently, and has no idea who I am.  I see him almost every Sunday for lunch.  I feed him.  Much like he used to feed me when I was in a highchair.  Dad's bib is a little bigger than mine was.  I miss him.  He seems to slip a little further away each week.

      You need to get over your problem with people simply using the word and react only to those who use it in inappropriate ways - something of which I am unquestionably not guilty.

      Celtic Merlin
      Carlinist

      Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

      by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:07:48 AM PDT

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      •  Sorry, we'll just have to agree to disagree (0+ / 0-)

        about the word you used. Having said that, I agree that Bush has been a complete disaster, and would say war criminal.

        I'm sorry your father is so ill.

           Peace,
           Heather

  •  Get some rest (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SallyCat, Empower Ink, redtex

    and prioritize some small activities that nourish your soul. Then do a reassesment. After being so deeply involved you might find it frustrating to be completely out of the swing of things. If you get a mental second wind you can always relax in a nice easy chair with your feet up and phone bank from home. You also might want to consider helping with driving people to the polls. It doesn't take any physical or mental energy, it's fun visiting with the voters and gratifying to see the results of your hard work first hand.

    If you find yourself in total burnout city, enjoy your well-deserved rest and I'll toss in some extra phone banking calls for you.

    McCain says overturn Roe v. Wade.

    by peraspera on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 09:02:24 PM PDT

    •  You ease my mind a bit, peraspera. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm done campaigning - in every way.  I won't be able to relax until it's all over, but having you in there to continue the fight helps me out.  

      Thank You.

      Celtic Merlin

      Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

      by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:33:56 AM PDT

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  •  Thank you for all that you have done. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jayden, Lady Libertine

    Enjoy a well-earned rest and rejoice on Tuesday!

    •  Oh, I thank you, Old Gardener. (0+ / 0-)

      For continuing the battle I can no longer bring to the enemy.  I'm gonna be yellin' at my TV most of Tuesday night.  Thanks again.

      Celtic Merlin

      Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

      by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:35:48 AM PDT

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  •  oh yeah and by the way... (0+ / 0-)

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! Good work!

    sheesh.

    Hope you're feelin better soon.

    "In one week, we can come together as one nation, and one people, and once more choose our better history." BHO

    by Lady Libertine on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 09:08:10 PM PDT

  •  Take care of yourself... (0+ / 0-)

    ...we are going to need you in the future.

    Love that "power of the purse!" It looks so nice up there on the mantle (and not the table) next to the "subpoena power."

    by Sacramento Dem on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 09:36:49 PM PDT

    •  Thank you, SacDem. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm gonna have a bit of a rest and improve my dietary habits.  My wife demands it.  :0)

      Celtic Merlin

      Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

      by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:17:28 AM PDT

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      •  I've been working on my diet (0+ / 0-)

        it seems so simple (and I love lots of food that are good for you), but I also can't resist somethings that aren't.

        Love that "power of the purse!" It looks so nice up there on the mantle (and not the table) next to the "subpoena power."

        by Sacramento Dem on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 11:42:07 AM PDT

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        •  My one true weakness - pecan pie! n/t (0+ / 0-)

          Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

          by Celtic Merlin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 11:52:18 AM PDT

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          •  I wish... (0+ / 0-)

            ...I only had one. Unfortunately (for my diet) Mrs. Sac Dem is quite a good cook.

            Love that "power of the purse!" It looks so nice up there on the mantle (and not the table) next to the "subpoena power."

            by Sacramento Dem on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 11:58:52 AM PDT

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