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Yeah, I'm greedy. Seriously, it's just not enough for me to know that that smug, smirking, entitled bastard Mitt Romney will go down in a humiliating defeat on November 6th.

It's not enough for me to imagine how utterly uncomfortable and miserable he'll feel making that concession speech on live national television. It's not enough for me to imagine the drubbing he'll get (worse than GW Bush) for years to come within the Republican party.

It's not enough for me to savor the schadenfreude of witnessing Mitt Romney experiencing both the failure to get elected and the utter rejection of the American public, even after flinging a billion dollars and a selling his soul to a bunch of mouth-breathers to make a go of it.

I will smirk like an asshole (pfft, WTF am I talking about?! I will laugh the longest, deepest belly laugh and dance in the streets like it's mardi gras) when he's forced to realize, for the first time in his miserable life, and publicly on stage, at that, that no, money can't buy everything and that the American people are much smarter than he thought. I hope it causes him a major existential crisis and that he has that moment-of-death clarity when he can fully experience the soulless void of realizing that his entire life has been meaningless, relentless, and heartless destruction; an endless pursuit of nothing that really matters. And I hope that clarity dogs him utterly, like a Telltale Heart, until he changes or dies.

I will rejoice when he is faced with the reality that the "White Horse Prophecy", handed down by his "prophet" Joseph Smith, is nothing more than a bunch of empty words on a worthless paper. And that he's made an embarrassment of himself, his church and soiled forever his family name and legacy.

Oh, none of that, sweet as it will be, is enough for me. God-damnit I'm greedy. I want it ALL. If a little is good, well fuck, more is better. I want the entire GOP to feel completely and utterly demoralized. I want them hysterical; Wandering in the political wilderness, splitting in two (SoCons and FiCons) or maybe even three (SoCons, FiCon, LibCons). OH! How sweet it will be!!

I'm greedy. And I know you. You're a greedy fucking socialist hippie bastard too.

So this series is about a concerted effort for us to leave it all on the road. It will launch on Friday nights and run through the weekends beginning next week.  And here's what we're going to do:

While the GOP SuperPACs are shifting money to down ballot races and we on the left are urging our safe-seat congressional representatives to share their massive war chests with colleagues in competitive races, in the end it's all about GOTV because it seems TV ads aren't quite the be-all and end-all this year, are they?

So we'll do weekend phone banking.

Every week, we'll choose two or three states (or more) to call. I will post all the downticket races, both at the federal and state level, in those diaries.

Our job is to connect into the OFA phone bank tool and make calls. Not JUST for the president, but to mention, and get a commitment, for every downticket race there is on the ballot. Get people committed to making a straight ticket vote and urging at least one friend to do the same.

In each diary I will list some of the key issues that voters in that state might need to know - things you can use as talking points or points of discussion to help voters understand why they need to pay attention to the congressional, state and local races.

At the end of the weekend, we'll tally our phone calls. We can set goals, make teams, "compete" with other blogs (?), report our awesome stories, whatever it takes. We're going to have FUN and further the process of demolishing the GOP.

Now, I need your opinion.

I think that we might be better off concentrating on states that have competitive congressional races and senate races, even if they are not swing states at the presidential level. My thinking is that the swings states will get plenty of attention from the top of the ticket. Not that that automatically translates into strong down ticket performance...

Of course, we could prioritize it: swing state + competitive congressional or senate races get first priority; states with competitive congressional and senate races, regardless of swing status comes next; swing states without competitive downticket races comes last.

What do you think? Concentrate on swing states? Concentrate on competitive races regardless of swing status? Or something else? Please let me know in the comments.

Once we have a consensus, I'll begin researching for the series and post the first diary in the series next Friday evening September 28.

Stay greedy my friends.

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  •  Reid, Pelosi and Obama. Or Bust. (18+ / 0-)

    Let's do this.

    For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

    by mdmslle on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 01:55:48 PM PDT

  •  Delenda est... (3+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic, Statusquomustgo, Cedwyn

    We've been wondering how to get through the clutter and reach low-information voters. Mitt haz it.

    by Crashing Vor on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:08:45 AM PDT

  •  As someone who is not in a swing state, (5+ / 0-)

    I believe that we need to focus on an important race, swing state or not. Of course, I'm in MA and a neighbor of Conn...

    I hate these moderates even more than the teahadists. We know that we are not going to get Shelby's vote under any circumstances -- but there is some chance we can get Scott Brown's vote if we only weaken the legislation to be pro-business enough and it screws the general population. It just kills me that Scott Brown, idiot extraordinaire, becomes the most powerful man in Washington. Linda McMahon will be the same... And both will make turtleman the Senate Majority leader.

    They must be stopped.

    “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan” is an anagram for “My ultimate Ayn Rand Porn.”

    by theKgirls on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:23:05 AM PDT

  •  prioritize competitive races, for sure (4+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic, mdmslle, Statusquomustgo, jgnyc

    swing state means little outside of presidential politics.  another easy way to prioritize:  who is running against the worst of the worst?

    also, the smaller the media market, the more bang for the buck.

    Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

    by Cedwyn on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:30:53 AM PDT

    •  thanks for the link. You're right (2+ / 0-)
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      Statusquomustgo, Cedwyn

      I guess outside of presidential politics, there's no "swing state" only swing districts.

      Thanks for the feedback. Hopefully more folks will chime in as well.

      For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

      by mdmslle on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:41:01 AM PDT

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  •  Now this is getting it done! (3+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle, Statusquomustgo, Cedwyn

    Thank you so much, mdmslle    :)

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:34:16 AM PDT

  •  All.State.Strategy. focus on all House races (2+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle, Cedwyn

    with republican incumbents and Dem's in trouble, same with the Senate.


    call, knock on doors, talk to everyone with an open mind and the truth.  Make up talking point sheets with info and links verifying facts on the obstruction by republicans, social security privatization, Medicare voucher details, cuts to social safety nets and what the benefits of Obamacare are.  Spell things out in easy to understand terms.  I'm in Missouri, and you need to SHOW ME, and my neighbors are the same.  I'm trying to put together some stuff now for next week.  Sometimes it's easier to show than say.

    Have a good day, heading out to knock, knock, knock and talk, talk, talk... :)

    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

    by Statusquomustgo on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:53:47 AM PDT

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