In the past week, I've written one diary giving my thoughts about phonebanking and another one asking about the curious lack of interest in the competitive LA-04 U.S House race. Now that brownsox has written a FP story on LA-04 and has even provided a link to the DCCC phonebanking tool, I get to write yet another diary that combines these two concerns.
This diary is for mutual support, publicizing the effort, sharing stories, and -- as I do below -- trying to improve on the script, which is ... improvable on.
Here's the message we're supposed to leave on answering machines:
Hi, My name is _________ and I am calling on behalf of Paul Carmouche for Congress to remind you to Vote this Saturday, December 6th. You were a part of a very historic day when our country elected Barack Obama and Paul Carmouche needs your support this Saturday to institute the type of change our country and our community needs. If you have any questions or need a ride to the polls, please give us a call back at 318-703-3711. Thanks and please remember to vote this Saturday!
I have made one call so far and left one message. This is not good stuff.
Here's my first attempt at a rewrite:
Hi, My name is _______ and I am calling on behalf of Paul Carmouche for Congress to remind you to vote TOMORROW, December 6th.
Our country decided to vote for change one month ago when we elected Barack Obama. Paul Carmouche will help bring us the change we need. His opponent's negative advertising has tried to change the issue to anything BUT how the current government has messed up the economy. Don't let them get away with that. Come out and vote tomorrow and tell these people that we MEANT it when we said we need change. In a low turnout election like this, every vote we cast matters all the more. If you have any questions or need a ride to the polls, please call us at 318-703-3711. Thanks for your attention and for voting Paul Carmouche and the change we need!
OK, how would you rewrite it? Don't be afraid to change the wording, it's not exactly like we're defacing the Mona Lisa.