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.