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I've had enough jabbering back and forth with people on our esteemed website today!

Enough!  It's time to call Wisconsin!

We're playing defense this week.  All of the "happiness" part of the mixed reaction to last week's results could melt away if we lose either of these two races -- and while we have the advantage in both, we could lose if our voters don't turn out.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin website is active.  You can call for Holperin in SD-12 (running against the poisonous Kim "Poison" Simac) and/or for Wirth against Some Nutjob.  You'll get more info at the site.

The higher-tech DFA/PCCC site appears to be active but, having forgotten my log-in information by now, I haven't tested it.  I will update with info if someone reports that it can be used.

For tips, see some of my previous phonebanking diaries.

Everyone should do at least an hour today and we'll overwhelm any Koch-heads that may be operating.

More jabbering among ourselves later.  (How I loves it!)

I issue to special challenge to anyone I've been arguing with about broader issues over the past day.  I'll get back to those discussions later.  And I'll let you know how much I've done my part when I do.  You'll want a ready comeback, won't you?  Make calls!

12:09 PM PT: Note: title changed because I just thought of this one and I think it's cute!

1:34 PM PT: OK, I'd like to get advice from our Wisconsin natives.  I'm getting the same level of "yes, I am getting too many calls" that I did in last week's elections.  I've started prefacing my personal contacts with:

"have you been getting a lot of calls about the election?"

"yes I have ..."

"I'm sorry, then I'll keep this brief.  You know, by law different organizations can't coordinate their calling, and that might be why."

Said in a polite, contrite, but supportive tone, this seems to limit the damage.  "We're only doing this because it's so important."

I'm thinking of putting off calls until election day so that we can justify them as a brightly-stated "we just want to make sure that everyone has voted today!"  What do y'all think?

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  •  Sorry for the whiplash in some of you (21+ / 0-)

    but for everything there is a season, and now is the time to call.

    I'm in for at least an hour or two.  You?

    In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

    by Seneca Doane on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 11:46:39 AM PDT

  •  I've already been on the phone (13+ / 0-)

    since yesterday.  Of course, I'm a multi-tasker and can still Jabber on this often ridiculous site.

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 11:55:15 AM PDT

  •  Would this really work? (2+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane, buckybadger1988

    I call some voter in Wisconsin, with my Massachusetts accent, and tell him how to vote in an election involving candidates in his community?

    Look, I'm all for the cause, but is this really a good idea?

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 12:00:41 PM PDT

    •  Can you fake a Minnesota accent? (7+ / 0-)

      No, actually, that might be worse.

      Yes, this works, although maybe harder for Boston-area callers than most.  That's why national phone banks get established -- they do help.

      You're calling because of the importance of the struggle in Wisconsin nationwide.  They are nice people and won't be offended.  Few will even ask you where you're calling from; for all they know, you're on the faculty at Beloit.  If they react negatively, kick that dirt off your shoulder.

      In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

      by Seneca Doane on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 12:05:31 PM PDT

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    •  If an Easterner shows us (5+ / 0-)

      that Wisconsin matters to them, that will be refreshing.

      And a good point from other poster that you could be an Easterner who has moved to Wisconsin.  I know many of them.  They still have their funny accents -- and, of course, finally realize that their children think so, too, because they now have Wisconsin accents.  That dawning realization on the part of transplanted Easterners is funny to watch!

      Or, you just could toss in some "ain'a hey, deres" and say "how 'bout dem Brewers, dere?"  (This is, um, not the best day to bring up the Packers.:-)

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 12:26:12 PM PDT

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      •  You betcha! (0+ / 0-)

        I haven't read the sports news today.  Has there been a flambeau in Lambeau?

        (I ask because one town I've called has been Lac du Flambeau -- there must be an interesting story behind that one!)

        In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

        by Seneca Doane on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 12:32:00 PM PDT

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        •  Ah, lovely Lac du Flambeau (1+ / 0-)
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          Seneca Doane

          that's reservation area -- Wisconsin has the most reservations of any state east of the Mississippi -- and that name reflects the major Metis influence in many parts of Wisconsin to this day.

          Metis (should be italicized and with an accent mark) means "mixed" in French, from the French Canadians who came into this part of the country that was theirs and was called Nouvelle France for centuries -- centuries in which they intermarried with the Native Americans, creating the marvelous combined Metis culture.  

          Sadly, of course, the Americans had a far different attitude toward the First People.  But in much of Wisconsin, we still see much of the French Canadian influence in place names -- and in surnames of many members of many tribes.

          (I am one-fourth French Canadian, and possibly Metis.  Btw, so is Midwesterner Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to genealogists.  Someday, may we see a descendant of the First People not just a First Lady but as President.)

          "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

          by Cream City on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 01:06:09 PM PDT

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  •  Going for winning 5 of 9! (4+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane, JanL, StellaRay, neroden

    of the Wisconsin recalls.  Thanks for your help, again.

    And for why it matters, here's a good analysis in today's major paper in the state, by one of the best political analysts in the state, on the "Senate Power Shift" possible if we can retain both Dem seats this Tuesday: http://www.jsonline.com/...

    "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

    by Cream City on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 12:28:56 PM PDT

  •  For whatever and wherever our (2+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane, Cream City

    disagreements are, Seneca, I thank you from my heart for your help with the Wisconsin recalls. This is where my time and money has gone for months.  Wisconsin is my home land, the place of memories and legends in my life and I just can't stand what's happening there.  

    •  Given that we allow ourselves to disagree -- (3+ / 0-)
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      StellaRay, Cream City, neroden

      and we should -- coming together where we agree is all the more important.  Thank you for what you and your fellow Wisconsin residents have done for us all.

      In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

      by Seneca Doane on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 01:17:33 PM PDT

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  •  I agree and wil do some (2+ / 0-)
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    buckybadger1988, Seneca Doane
  •  The Cap Times, Madison has an editorial today ,,, (4+ / 0-)

    Recalls run awry: A Walker Republican's legal troubles

    ......Steitz's legal troubles — like those of another Republican recall candidate, Kim Simac, who is challenging state Sen. Jim Holperin, a northern Wisconsin Democrat — provide a reminder that the Republicans are less interested in electing capable legislators than they are in punishing Democrats who have dared to disagree with Gov. Scott Walker's anti-labor, anti-local-democracy agenda.

    State and local Republicans in both the Kenosha area and in northern Wisconsin had a chance to nominate veteran local officials — a former Kenosha county sheriff and County Board member in the south, the current Lincoln County Board chairman in the north — but they chose instead to go with candidates whose only real qualification appears to be a willingness to do as the governor demands.

    The state Senate needs to be populated with independent and honorable legislators, be they Democrats or Republicans — not with politicians for hire who think that the only law they must follow is the dictate of Scott Walker.

    http://host.madison.com/...

    •  Ye gods, they had options (2+ / 0-)
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      other than Steitz and still picked A CHICAGO LAWYER?!

      I can't get past how stupid that was, at least to appeal to real Wisconsinites.  I know, I know that down there almost on the state line where Steitz "lives" (lists an address), it has become almost a Chicago burb in some parts, owing to the far lower costs of housing.  

      But really, a Chicago lawyer as a candidate for the rest of that district, most of it far from the state line?  Seemed dumb to me, and now knowing that they had good options such as former officeholders there, well, this really is -- as the Cap Times says -- a Repub insult to the voters there.

      Still, there will be some who will go along with anything (R) on the ballot -- just as there are those who vote anything (D), entirely abdicating their responsibilities as adults.

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 06:00:18 PM PDT

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  •  response for "too many calls" (2+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane, progressivebadger

    I do 2 things.  I start my calls by saying something like "I'm sure you don't need to be reminded that this Tuesday is election day" in a laughing/sympathetic way.

    And then if they mention that they've gotten a ridiculous number of calls, I've been using your suggestion from last week, Seneca D, and just responding with a lot of sympathy, letting them vent, asking how many they've gotten.  If they seem receptive, I ask how they've been divided D/R (about even, which surprises me!) and adding something about how this is just so important or we can't coordinate...

    That all seems to help more often than not, but some people aren't going to like being called no matter what.  

    Is it a good idea to call again on Monday vs. waiting for Tuesday?  Wouldn't I love to know!  But I'll call both days, I guess.  

    Called for Holperin yesterday and Wirch today (and it's "Bob Wirch" even if your script says Robert).  Given my very unscientific sample + what I've heard of polls, Wirch is fine, but I'm worried for Holperin.

    •  I like that first line! (0+ / 0-)

      I'll try to remember to swipe it!

      In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

      by Seneca Doane on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 06:07:52 PM PDT

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