I just returned from Reno, Nevada, a.k.a. where most San Francisco Bay Area Democrats (by which I mean, almost all Bay Areans) have been spending much of their time stumping for “That One” himself, Mr. Barack Obama. Over 1000 volunteers were at the Reno headquarters office, by which I mean warehouse, the vast majority of whom were from Sacramento or the Bay Area. It’s really impressive to see so many people there, many of whom have devoted their lives/houses/money to the campaign for the last few months, weeks, and for some, over a year. I wish I could have stayed- there is so much to be done, so many people to be talked to, but there many, many things to be done at home here in California too, particularly the NO on 8 campaign (proposition 8 would amend the CA constitution to ban gay marriage), whose recent numbers have shown a frustrating amount of support for the proposition, particularly from youth. Anyway, I left knowing the campaign was in capable (and many) hands, and I look forward to Nevada going blue on November 4th.
Pretty much everyone not directly associated with the McCain campaign (and some who are) agree that Barack Obama will be hard to beat on election day. Fivethirtyeight.com currently gives him a 93.1 percent chance of becoming president-elect. He’s ahead by about 6 points in most national polls. Some in the media are reporting that this race is basically over. But we can’t believe that.
The fact is, complacency, presumption, and overconfidence on behalf of Democrats is helping Republicans right now. They have become the scrappy underdogs, determined to defeat those mean old Democrats who, according to their bizarre logic, are against real change. Sure, Obama is likely to win, but we want to make SURE. Republicans in many states are trying their darndest (Palinism, sorry) to steal votes, and we can’t let that happen. This election needs to be a landslide, a reaction to 8 years of neoconservative policies that domestically have put Americans in a worse place than they were in the 1990s and internationally have created a huge amount of anti-American sentiment.
So go volunteer: knock on doors, talk to people on the streets, call voters during the dinner hours, whatever. This is the most crucial election most of us have ever experienced, and we don’t want to leave it up to chance.
P.S. Voter registration in California (and many other states) ends TODAY. So if you are not registered, do it, or you may as well fall off the face of the earth- http://www.voteforchange.com.