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As I wrote in last week's #WalkUrPrecinctWeek edition, according to Gallop Polling, as of 2012, registered voters self-identified as Democratic Party 31% and Republican Party 27%.

It's not much more, but it's enough more. Because if we just turn out enough already registered voters? We'll win! Which means it's possible to not only retain the Senate majority, but to retire @SpeakerBoehner and the #KnowNothing #Do Nothing Republican House leadership.

What will it take? Just a few hours during the 2nd week of July, August and September spent chatting with your neighbors. Are you up to the challenge of personally acting to make that possibility a reality?

That piece from

PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year, although the 40% who did so is the highest Gallup has measured, by one percentage point. More Americans continue to identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%.
Common wisdom on mid-term elections says turnout by Democrats will be decreased this year, noting the President's under 50% 'favorable' ratings and lack of public perception on the actual successes of the PPACA/Obamacare (see brainwrap/@charles_gaba and his now well respected for details).

Sure, if all of us netroots type people just coast along this summer waiting for someone else to do the hard work of saving the Republic, that's exactly what will happen.

Need I remind any of you that John Fitzgerald Kennedy beat Richard Milhous Nixon in the 1960 presidential election by about one vote per precinct. Seriously, about 119,000 votes nationwide was the difference between JFK steering the Ship of State past some dangerous, rocky shoals during the October 1963 Cuban missile crisis - and having "Tricky Dick" at the helm during those eleven heart-stopping days.

On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president in one of the closest elections in U.S. history. In the popular vote, his margin over Nixon was 118,550 out of a total of nearly 69 million votes cast. His success in many urban and industrial states gave him a clear majority of 303 to 219 in the electoral vote. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected president, the only Catholic, and the first president born in the twentieth century.
Just yesterday, Speaker John Boehner announced that (R) Rep. Trey Gowdy would be Chairing another US House Committee to investigate conduct an utterly political witchhunt on the specious subject of #Benghazi.

It's the 2014 version of "death panels". Nothing more, nothing less. On Friday, Bill Maher noted a simple way to confirm this: In 2012 the Republican furor over Benghazi was all about Barack Obama, because he was running for president then. Today, it's all about Hillary.

Bill is 100% correct. Like most Republican public campaigns of recent years, there's no there, there. It's all smoke and mirrors... wait, no, that's magicians. It's just lies and damned lies, to be perfectly blunt.

As Carl Sagan is quoted as saying about humanity and the Universe:

In our obscurity, in all of this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.


Luckily, there are MORE of us, than there are of them.

To win, Win, WIN the upcoming midterm election on November 4th?

All we have to do is show up, and be counted.

Are you up to the challenge?

Please use these hashtags on Twitter:


Please consider volunteering as a PCO in your precinct.

Whether you work with your County Democratic Party or not, please spend some time the 2nd week of July, August and September walking and knocking on doors in your own neighborhood.

Make sure everyone you know is registered and ready to vote on Nov 4th. If you haven't already ASK each of them. You'll be surprised to find someone you know is NOT a registered voter.

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  •  Show up & be counted Jar (37+ / 0-)

    I'm counting on you all to do your part to Save the Republic from these hell-bent on NOTHING Republicans.

    Because the future is #Progressive, if we remain #StrongerTogether.

    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:18:48 PM PDT

    •  This is a great thing you're doing, Angie... (7+ / 0-)

      I don't do Twitter very much but I'll do my best to get this out there like linking to this diary on Facebook and other forums.

      You're right about the surprising number of people who aren't registered to vote. I run into them all the time.

      We need to reach those people.

      "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

      by markthshark on Sat May 10, 2014 at 09:10:02 PM PDT

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      •  I'm just an instigator at heart :-) (0+ / 0-)

        Hoping my words can help inspire others to do what is necessary - right in their own neighborhood.

        It's the writ large expression of "think global, act local", in the political sphere.

        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

        by Angie in WA State on Sun May 11, 2014 at 01:08:26 PM PDT

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        •  Are you for real? (0+ / 0-)

          This diary just pretends that there is no great divide in our party right now between the people who close their eyes and ears and scream vote democrat no matter what, and those who want to reform the party make make them be the party of the people for a change.

          I used to run GOTV operations in my city. I had been a loyal, yellow dog Dem my whole life.

          But eventually I had to start asking myself, who exactly are we getting out the vote for? Some guy who claims he's a Democrat, but just took $20,000 from Bank of America?

          I don't think so.

          I believe in voting for real Democrats. And I demand that that mean more than some right wing asshole with a D beside his or her name.

          When you vote for right wing assholes who just stick a "D" by their names and then proceed to govern as Republicans, you know who you're helping?

          Republicans. The more right wing the Democratic party gets, the more it helps the Republican party.

          So heckofajob! Your blind loyalty without condition has actually helped put the people you most despise in power.

          Oh, and that 31% number? That should be telling you just how much is wrong about our party. It's not exactly a number to brag about.

  •  Absolutely! And here's a visual on it ~ (14+ / 0-)

    They vote 2014 - are you!

    Note: feel free to share that image - I grabbed it from twitter & posted it on my flickr account with settings that allow it to shared (hope I did that right!)

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:42:43 PM PDT

  •  Excellent diary (7+ / 0-)

    Personally, I plan on doing voter registration and GOTV.  Additionally, a friend of mine emailed me yesterday that he will be running for a New York State Senate seat that is current held by a 20 year Republicon and I'll help him also.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Sat May 10, 2014 at 09:22:19 PM PDT

  •  Lovely diary (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Angie in WA State

    I've just re-re-reread Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. I got it for free from Amazon, but apparently they are now charging .99. It should be mandatory for anyone who can read. It is the whole story about capitalism.. Probably there should be a movie or a video game. LinkThe Jungle

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Sat May 10, 2014 at 10:04:51 PM PDT

  •  See this is what I don't get,,, (2+ / 0-)
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    buddabelly, elwior

    First off that leaves 32% in the middle so neither party has anything close to a lock its about getting both the base out and swaying the uncommitted.

    Now if I were in charge and actually wanted to win I would be making clear as a party what I would do if we won a majority in the house and kept the senate. Tell America "help us get control of the house and we will do xyz for you".

    I don't understand why they don't?

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Sat May 10, 2014 at 10:14:25 PM PDT

    •  exactly, what this poll really says is those who (3+ / 0-)

      appeal and win the Independent vote, win the election....4 point is barely out of the noise...9 however...

      Luckily for us, most of our positions,  when actually explained by someone with a half a lick of communication skills,  win handily as the Independents realize that our position is their position....It's just been so muddled between piss poor communication on our side and flat out lies on the other....

      There's a reason 40% of our population have abandoned the parties....

      Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
      I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Sat May 10, 2014 at 10:24:49 PM PDT

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    •  It's a non-presidential election year (0+ / 0-)

      Even in presidential cycles, self-identified Independents tend not to vote.

      So this year, they are less likely than ever to vote. Making this truly a contest between which Party can turn out the Base.

      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Sun May 11, 2014 at 01:12:24 PM PDT

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      •  I disagree... (0+ / 0-)

        Its just a myth so the Dems can make excuses for not actually trying to win.

        If you think this is wrong lets see your evidence.

        Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

        by fToRrEeEsSt on Sun May 11, 2014 at 01:51:23 PM PDT

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  •  GOTV! GOTV! GOTV! (3+ / 0-)

    "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

    by Bob Duck on Sat May 10, 2014 at 10:33:12 PM PDT

  •  Thanks Angie. (3+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Comments and Posts intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited.

    by HoundDog on Sat May 10, 2014 at 10:38:37 PM PDT

  •  Good thing the Dem politicians are so inspiring. (3+ / 0-)
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    exlrrp, Shaylors Provence, seabos84

    It just guarantees turn out.  Strong words, strong actions.  Standing up to the conservatives and Repubs.  Calling the crazy crazy.  Taking no guff, taking stands.  Totally enthusing their base adhering and insisting on Democratic values.  No moving that window with them.  Just have everybody chafing at the bit to vote in the mid-terms.  No reason to be anything but optimistic about turnover with such strong and resolute leaders of the party.  Can't lose.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sat May 10, 2014 at 10:55:54 PM PDT

  •  Yeah but what about the other 42%? (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    When they vote for our side we win

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sun May 11, 2014 at 05:35:20 AM PDT

  •  Yesterday WSLC endorsed over 70 incumbents (0+ / 0-)

    for the WA. state house and state senate.

    There are 98 state reps & 28+/- state senators up for election this year.

    The filing deadline in WA. state is Fri. the 16th, and labor "leaders" are doing endorsements now.

    While most & many of those incumbents will blame state bogeymen like Rodney Tom or Tim Eyman for the inability of our legislature to overturn community wrecking rich pig ass kissing Grover Norquist-Reagan-Gingrich tax policy ...

    isn't 70/98 a MAJORITY?

    How many of those endorsed ran down to Oly last winter to kiss Boeing's ass on One Of The Biggest Tax Giveaways Ever? some 8 Billion +++ ??

    How many of those endorsed are turning a legislative blind eye to Boeing's continued work to wreck middle class jobs, all while offering platitudes & sympathy ??

    All while sniffling and whining that the 'Mean Meanies Are Mean, boo hoo, and that isn't nice, sniffle sniffle, but keep voting Doormat Caucus cuz we're lessor of two evil!!'

    Of 98+28 who must run for re-election, there won't be 6 or 8 or 14 primary opponents who will be either as bad for working stiffs, and possibly better?

    For $5000 you can get 1000 yard signs with their metal-stick-in-the-ground things. 1000 yard signs in a legislative district = buzz = you're electable.

    What would happen to the Doormat Caucus when some of their stalwart craven excuse makers are unemployed in the Primary?

    How much will labor spend this fall supporting people who turn around and fuck us?

    In 1980 & '84 when I was 20 and making 3.50 an hour and 6.50 an hour, I excused the Lie$ of Raygun and blamed the union working stiffs for being apathetic and not voting, or for being dumb and voting jingoism.

    30 and 34 years later, after being a union teacher for 9 years and seeing how busy my Washington Education Association "leaders" are protecting their entrenched, cushy, craven state capitol country club seats at the table, I can completely understand why the average working stiff takes their little bit of extra time and their little bit of extra bandwidth, and invests 'em in NFL or NASCAR or Knitting or Shopping.

    Dems are 31% registered? ha ha. Frankly, I don't know why it is that high. Cuz the Re-Pukes are fascists and racists?  


    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Sun May 11, 2014 at 06:55:19 AM PDT

  •  I have an idea... (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, paradise50

    So, along these same lines, I had an idea. Maybe you guys can weigh in and tell me if it's a good or bad idea?

    I think the most powerful motivator to vote is a friend/family member who already understands the importance having a conversation with you and convincing you.

    I'm sure a lot of people are already doing this. So, in order to make it a bit more systematic, I was thinking why not build a website where people sign a pledge to vote in the 2014 midterms?

    After you've signed you'd be encouraged to broadcast your signature to social networks. You'd also be given an opportunity to search the pledge database against your friends list and be given a list of names of your friends who have not yet signed and encouraged to reach out to them.

    On election day you could mark yourself as having voted, maybe include a picture of your "I voted" sticker. If by a certain time on election day you've not registered as having voted, an email/text could be sent to your friends to encourage them to reach out to you.

    There are a bunch of other things you could do on the site as well, but that is the major functionality.

    The site would not be partisan, it would encourage everyone to vote. In reality this gives progressives an advantage because conservatives already vote in midterms and because progressives outnumber conservatives, so, statistically speaking, the more people voting, the more it helps progressives.

    I'm a professional software developer, so this is something I have the ability to create. I'm just wondering  if anyone thinks it would be worth my time to do so?

  •  An idea... (0+ / 0-)

    So, along these same lines, I had an idea I wanted to run by you guys.

    I think the most powerful motivator to vote is having friends/family who already understand the value in voting to reach out and have a conversation with you to convince you to vote. I'm sure many people are already doing this, so my idea is to make it a bit more systematic.

    Basically, the idea is to build a website where people can sign a pledge to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. Once signed, you'd be encouraged to broadcast your signature on the various social networks. You'd also be given a chance to have your friend's list compared to the database of pledges and be given a list of your friends who have not yet signed and encouraged to reach out to them.

    On election day you'd be able to confirm you've voted, maybe including a picture of your "I voted sticker". If by a certain time on election day you've not confirmed, an email/text would be sent to your friends to encourage them to reach out to you.

    I have a bunch of other ideas to enhance things as well, but that's the basic idea. I'm a professional software developer, so I have the ability to create this. I'm just wondering if anyone thinks it would be worth my time to do so?

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