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In one of the closest races in the country, President Obama gave a stark message to Colorado Dems.

President Obama held a conference call with Sen. Michael Bennet on Thursday night, urging thousands of his supporters to mobilize for the embattled Democratic incumbent in the final days so they "don't wake up Nov. 3 to a Sen. Ken Buck...."

"This election is about more than just the Colorado Senate seat, it's about the direction our country takes for years to come," the president said, according to a recording of the call provided to POLITICO. "So don't wake up Nov. 3 to a Sen. Ken Buck and say, 'Gosh, I wish I had knocked on one more door or made one more phone call.' This is the time where we've got to put in maximum effort. Nobody's going to work harder than Michael is, but we've all got to be there to help him."

That could be said for voters across the nation--we'll wake up to an ugly reality on Nov. 3 with inevitable losses. But if we wake up to a Senators Buck, Angle, Miller, Johnson . . . well, if you think that the Senate GOP caucus has been a problem under Mitch McConnell, just think about what it'll do under Jim DeMint if these whack-jobs get in.

GOTV, on the ground in your own neighborhoods or in neighboring districts or states, or in a virtual phone bank.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:16 AM PDT.

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  •  About to head out for GOTV right now! (10+ / 0-)

    "Virg Bernero is exactly the kind of candidate Democrats need to get in 2010." - Ed Schultz

    by ScottyUrb on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:17:29 AM PDT

  •  All Americans need to get this message (7+ / 0-)

    through their thick heads:

    This election is about more than just the Colorado Senate seat, it's about the direction our country takes for years to come...

    When you go to the polls, you're not just voting for a Senator to represent your state's needs or a congressperson to represent your district's needs, you're voting for Senators and Congressmen/women who will decide the course of the entire country - even the world.

    "We don't differentiate between 'them' and 'us.' It's just 'us.'" --- President Barack Obama

    by marabout40 on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:20:33 AM PDT

  •  the pres takes the gloves off. (3+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, caroman, mark4chris

    I hope they stay off.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:20:57 AM PDT

  •  Colorado Dems to Obama: (1+ / 0-)
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    When you steal our primary, winning with your "appointed" candidate is no sure thing.

    •  ? (0+ / 0-)

      Not sure that is the main issue on the minds of the voter right about now

    •  No one stole the primary (0+ / 0-)

      Bennet won statewide by a 10% margin among Democrats. Quit lying.

      •  It wasn't stolen, but it was imposed from above (3+ / 0-)

        The grassroots choice was Romanoff, as was demonstrated at the caucuses at all levels.  Bennet was the national party's choice, in the same way Blanche Lincoln was the national party's choice - they came and campaigned for him, donated to him, and didn't care that Colorado's grassroots wanted Bennet (and all these millions that have been spent decrying his record would have been flailing to find something to pin against Romanoff).

        Yes, we lost the primary and Bennet is the candidate, and he's much better than Buck, but I still don't think he's the best candidate who could have come from Colorado.

        I did vote for Bennet, and I've urged family and friends to do so as well, but to imply that Bennet was the best Dem is your opinion, it's not mine and apparently it's not bincbom's.

        •  Sounds like Connecticut. (0+ / 0-)

          Ned Lamont vs Joe Lieberman, who thanks the Dems by supporting McCain against Sen Obama. Brilliant.

        •  Well said, Tim (0+ / 0-)

          and agreed.

          "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

          by Thinking Fella on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 11:32:43 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  It Was All Ritter's Fault! (1+ / 0-)
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          Why the hell did he appoint Bennett in the first place to replace Ken Salazar? He could have appointed Romanoff in the first place and he'd be cruising to reelection by now just like Ed Perlmutter is doing in CO-07 (which is the only CO district that has remotely even registration between Reps & Dems -- all the others are tilted one way or another).

          Bennett has been an utterly unspectacular Senator. Last thing I heard out of him is that he would NOT vote for "a second stimulus" because of the "deficit." In short he's just like all the other Dems trying to cater to the middle that doesn't exist.

          This is a base election and Bennett is in trouble because he's basically been invisible. He came out and campaigned for the public option (as soon as it was obvious that there was no chance in hell that Congress would pass it and Obama wasn't in favor of it -- so there wasn't any downside to supporting it).

          If he'd been front and center on this issue from 2009 he would be in better shape right now.

        •  Romanoff had plenty the right could have attacked (1+ / 0-)
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          Romanoff was the career politician , known statewide with all his statewide contacts. Yet he never was the progressive he claimed to be - DLC conservadem leadership. Romanoff ran a pathetic campaign and lost statewide by 10% of the vote in a state where he had huge name recognition.

          •  Had the national party stayed out of it, (0+ / 0-)

            Bennet would have been toast, and we'd have Romanoff as the candidate Tuesday.  Instead, they got involved, as they always do in supporting the sitting candidate, instead of letting the voters of the state decide who they want to represent them.  See how much good it did Halter in Arkansas?  It killed him,  though it would have been difficult anyway, but Lincoln was dead Senator walking.  Bennet may be in for the same end result, and the national party didn't do itself or Colorado any favors.  The only reason Bennet may even survive this challenge is because the Teabaggers elected Ken Buck over Gayle Norton - had she won this campaign would have been over in August right after the primary.

  •  This election isn't a referendum on the Democrats (5+ / 0-)

    It's a referendum on basic sanity and decency.

    I've been sending this brilliant video to friends:

    •  The comment thread is sad and scary (0+ / 0-)

      No surprise here, talking to us like children who "just don't get it" full of racists remarks the tea party would never make.....very desperate attempt!

      It does not give the true version from the tea party people.
      We want the government to stop controlling what we buy, eat, drive, heat our house with. Force health cost on us. They only tell you the 3 good thing about health care.The tea party began because the current adm. is ruining the USA Dems were sore losers when Bush won. Most of us voted for Obama, Most of us are sorry now. Wake up.

      In actual fact, the healthcare bill is NOT socialistic. It is FASCISM. The merger of corporate and government powers is fascism, not socialism. The government mandates everyone become customers of corporate health insurance companies = PURE FASCISM. Look up Mussolini's definition of fascism. It's a match!!!

      Trying to paint The Tea Party movement as being bigoted is simply wrong, dishonest, and misleading. The movement is based on conservative economic principals, not on racial stereotypes or gay-bashing. Please consider a mature, respectful debate on important matters...

      Those who forget the lessons of history are probably watching Glenn Beck.

      by ontheleftcoast on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:29:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, at least (3+ / 0-)
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        opinionated, Thinking Fella, Mokurai

        someone there understands the general definition of fascism.

        The merger of corporate and government powers is fascism, not socialism.

        Too bad s/he thinks Obama is the fascist, rather than recognizing the people actually implementing a fascist agenda are a consortium made up of:

        * The Republican party

        * Karl Rove and his billionaire buddies

        * The Chamber of Horrors

        * Teabaggers

        * The activist, anti-democracy Supreme Court majority that bulldozed well-settled law and jurisprudential principles to give us the Citizens United decision

        And above all, the top two offenders:

        * The huge, multinational, American-in-name-only corporations, and

        * The corporate media.

        "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

        by NWTerriD on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 10:18:41 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Fear is a motivator. These cretin's scare me (7+ / 0-)

    and I'm not easily frightened.

    This election cycle isn't going to be pretty my friends and co-Real Americans.  But it is going to be important beyond your reckoning if we don't plug the dams and make sure we don't allow the flood waters of PURE KRAZY to overrun our country.

    We are outliving them.  Let's outvote them.


    Sarah Palin 2012!!! Prove the Mayans right...

    by funluvn1 on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:27:55 AM PDT

  •  Of course, it is GOTV time (0+ / 0-)

    Still, my mind has been wondering how the prospect of the Angles and the Bucks and the Millers in the Senate will cut. It is not like they are only gonna be a pain for the Democrats...

  •  person to person politics (0+ / 0-)

    I just don't fit in doing that.
    I might make 5 phone calls a month.

    I'm just an ant in the army of the Amateur Left

    by eeff on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:44:41 AM PDT

    •  +5 to you, then (2+ / 0-)
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      eeff, caroman

      Lots of people don't even do that. You might find that the anxiety or other issue wears off if you practice more. (I actually got treatment for social anxiety, and now nobody can stop me. ^_^)

      And you are not an ant. That's what the Right wants you to believe. The Left wants you to be a person, preferably with command of some of the facts, opinions of your own, and a willingness to speak up for the Truth, whatever that turns out to be.

      Which, apparently, you are. Thanks for all that you do that nobody else can do in your place.

      "Be yourself. Everybody else is taken."--Oscar Wilde

      Busting the Dog Whistle code.

      by Mokurai on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 11:08:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  My Favorite Political Ad (0+ / 0-)

    Regulate banks, not bedrooms

    by Eagleye on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:56:48 AM PDT

  •  Why would Jim DeMint be doing something? (0+ / 0-)

    Would he be the Senate Majority Leader?

    Yes, I'm het, but I'm NOT a Mad Hetter!

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 09:57:04 AM PDT

    •  He's seeking the Senate Majority Leader (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      position, and he's made friends with the Tea-baggers.  If a lot of them get in, McConnell may be history, as DeMint becomes Leader.

    •  Demint seeks no rank (0+ / 0-)

      Based o nhis outsider image to media Demint would not seek a leadership position. Jim Demint says he can not be punished by senate caucus. He seeks no committee chair to take away.

      He stands on the side and runs a one man show that seeks to replace them with candidates who are more like Demint.

      Or, so he says today.


  •  There's no good arguement against that sentiment (3+ / 0-)

    Electing fools and kooks for six year terms into the United States Senate is a very bad idea in a world of bad ideas.

    "Oops" just doesn't cut it.

    A crow can be taught to choose and peck an icon on a computer screen that benefits it. Republican voters, on the other hand..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 10:07:23 AM PDT

  •  Does the whole GOTV campaign actually WORK (0+ / 0-)

    or is it just as effective as commercials and robo calls?

    •  If I weren't a political junkie (4+ / 0-)
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      caroman, NWTerriD, MKDAWUSS, Purdue219

      I would be tired of the phone calls by now. The House race in my district is actually a race.

      Activism, registration drives, and one on one relationships probably are more effective strategies in the long run, but phoning people works. Offering people a ride to the polls works. A human voice on the other end of the line works.

      Remember Franken versus Coleman? Some anonymous phone-banker tipped the scales.

      Heroes all.

      A crow can be taught to choose and peck an icon on a computer screen that benefits it. Republican voters, on the other hand..

      by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 10:19:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The research is incontrovertible: (2+ / 0-)
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      caroman, MKDAWUSS

      Personal, face-to-face GOTV efforts are the best way to affect election results, and GOTV by phone is second. I haven't done the research, but a lot of other people here have, and have given citations to studies.

      This is especially true in the current election, when in MANY races, the polls show the Dem winning among registered voters, but losing among likely voters. The key to Dem success is to turn the "unlikely voters" into actual voters.

      "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

      by NWTerriD on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 10:22:25 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And that's if you even get to say anything at all (0+ / 0-)

        I imagine at lot of those visits and phone calls end with phones and doors being slammed...

        I don't mean to discourage anybody, it's just my natural skepticism coming through...

        •  Yes, people hang up on me (4+ / 0-)
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          opinionated, caroman, MKDAWUSS, Purdue219

          Which is nothing to do with me. Check them off as Refuse (ha, ha) and go on to the next phone number.

          I wasn't expecting to convert the die-hards. It's the undecideds and misinformeds we're after in GOTV. Undecided whom to vote for, misinformed about candidates and issues, undecided whether they will vote at all, undecided whether to vote early, undecided whether to get a yard sign, undecided whether to volunteer...

          And also the people who have difficulty voting. People who need a ride to the polls. People in difficult territories, like Indiana, with its "Papers, please" rules on letting people in to vote. People who have been given misinformation, like Latinos in Nevada being told "Don't vote, what has Obama done for you?" by Republican operatives.

          Every time I phone bank, I get several clear chances to help someone decide, or to overcome an obstacle. I also get several yard signs placed, and sometimes a volunteer to do more of the same.

          Nate Silver says that his analysis of the available polling shows that if the polls are wrong by 2% on the "enthusiasm gap", if that many more Democrats show up, we can hold the House. And there is strong precedent for such errors. Most memorably,

          Dewey Defeats Truman (not)

          Now, are you part of that 2%, and willing to recruit more, or are you content to sit on the sidelines bleating, "It's not my fault!" while the Right trashes the Constitution, the economy, and the future?

          Busting the Dog Whistle code.

          by Mokurai on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 11:26:44 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  GOTVing, voted early, tipping, recing, tweeting, (1+ / 0-)
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    Busting the Dog Whistle code.

    by Mokurai on Sat Oct 30, 2010 at 10:58:07 AM PDT

  •  tight races (0+ / 0-)

    >>>>>But if we wake up to a Senators Buck, Angle, Miller, Johnson . . . well, if you think that the Senate GOP caucus has been a problem under Mitch McConnell, just think <<<<</p>

    All of them are in tight races and have not won. EVERY vote matters.


  •  Polls-Rassmussen: Buck 4 ahead, Marist: Buck up 5 (0+ / 0-)

    The latest Rassmussen POLL says Buck is 4 points AHEAD

    and the latest Marist POLL says Buck is 5 points AHEAD

    Perhaps Obama STEALING THE COLORADO DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ACTUALLY DID DIVIDE THE PARTY and LOSE THE SEAT that our Democratic Rank and File Worked so hard to Win.

    If this seat is lost THE BLAME IS SQUARELY ON OBAMA and corrupt Party Officials.

    I am a 46 year Democratic Straight Ticket voter and I voted Straight Ticket Democrat EXCEPT FOR THE SENATE RACE where I LEFT IT "BLANK"
    because I realized

    IT IS NOT ABOUT ROMANOFF and hasn't been since Obama used all of the power of his White House and DNC, DSCC and Organizing For America to
    wage a months long multi-million dollar campaign to Crush Andrew Romanoff and the wishes of rank and file Colorado Democrats.

    This is a PROTEST VOTE to put pressure on corrupt party officials so we can have Honest Primaries in 2012 and 2014. What Andrew says is not the issue.
    He has to support Bennet or the Party's corrupt officers will ruin his political future. This is about what rank and file Dems think. And most think Obama STOLE OUR COLORADO SENATE PRIMARY.

    Unless you are a Bennet supporter who likes that it was Stolen, please, for US Senate,

    WRITE IN "ROMANOFF" or LEAVE IT "BLANK" or consider 3rd party candidates.

    When they Steal your primary they steal Your Only Chance to Change Policy in Washington D.C.

    SIGN THE PETITION To Prosecute Torturers ANGRYVOTERS.ORG ASK your favorite Dem politician Why they support Torture?

    by 1stProtestInTheStreet on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:31:39 AM PDT

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