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I am someone who is predisposed to action, so I channel my anger and frustration with the current political situation into financial contributions for candidates I like and by GOTV.

I don't know how many times I picked up the Wall St. Journal from my sidewalk in the morning, read a headline and then went and made a contribution to Democrats!  I always hated the Journal's editorials, but now their bias is shifting to the front page.  It used to be a pretty good paper on the news side, but I see its viewpoint changing under Murdoch.  Too bad.  I have not canceled my subscription yet, but I will likely do so before too much longer.

I have also been doing a lot of GOTV.  Hopefully our earnest governor O'Malley, will win against Bob Ehrlich.  I have been getting my exercise canvassing for him in Montgomery County where you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Democrat.  I like canvassing and I have had some of my most pleasant canvassing days here in this election.

I am a native of the First District, which elected Democrat Frank Kratovil two years ago against Club for Growth candidate Andy Harris.  There is a rematch of this race this year.  I canvassed last election for Kratovil and yesterday I did it again.  He has been a blue dog, but I understand why.  With an election or two under his belt, he should be able to hold the seat.  I am not sure that he can do it this year, but I think the DCCC thinks he can.  I went to a fundraiser sponsored by my Congressman, Chris Van Hollen, a few weeks ago and met Kratovil.  I liked him quite a bit.  We went to the same college, although at different times, so I have more than one reason to like him.  His opponent is a despicable right-wing obstructionist.  It may help that Harris is a difficult person to like.  According to Kratovil, Harris's own next door neighbor cannot stand him.

The canvassing for Kratovil in Severna Park yesterday went pretty well.  I actually came across a couple of undecided voters, so I hope that I made a difference by contacting them.  I saw one hostile guy who does not like all the contacts he has been getting.  He wasn't a total jerk and lamented the sign wars and what he said was a lack of discussion of the issues.  I would be interested in knowing if he votes tomorrow.

I did some more calls for O'Malley tonight and talked to a lot of people who are voting with the Democrats tomorrow.  I will take most of the day off and go back to Severna Park to see what I can do.  Win or lose, like in the last few elections, it will not be because I stayed home.

Originally posted to MDMAN on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:31 PM PDT.

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