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November 06, 2006

The Battle for Governance

I've been doorbelling regularly now for Darcy in the 8th because it seems so very important to be in that district where the outcome is going to be so close.  Each time I was in the office yesterday, it was jammed with people calling and taking information to go out and talk to their fellow citizens.  It was great.  Darcy was there in the morning, thanking volunteers. Jay Inslee and his wife Trudee were there in the afternoon and also went out to doorbell.  Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray stopped by to talk with the volunteers.   I talked with my friend, the irrepressible Jack Smith, who had been on the phones nearly non-stop for days and patted Carl, a fellow blogger on the back as he was talking on the phones, yet again.  Dan and I went out for coffee after we finished walking our different precincts.  My friend, shoephone, emailed me later with her experiences talking to folks. Many people I know had been there other days, on the phone on on foot.

The more I talk to voters, the more I feel like this is the most important thing we can be doing.  I haven't been writing about it lately because Daniel and Natasha have been doing such a great job of it.

For those of us who live in solid blue areas and associate mostly with like-minded folks, active interactions with people of other political persuasions or none at all is important.  Kid Oakland, one of my favorite national bloggers, had a diary up at DailyKos entitled "The Battle for Governance", which I've taken for the title for this post as well.  He has been traveling from his very blue home in Oakland out to the more rural 11th CD in California.  This is the district where Democratic challenger Jerry McNerney is ahead of the truly awful Richard Pombo, who seems singlehanded to be dismantling environmental regulations built up over the last thirty-five years.   My brother has been volunteering there for a couple months so I've been paying a lot of attention and rooting as McNerney has been pulling ahead. 

Like Daniel and Natasha and me, Kid Oakland has stories about engaging folks with political opinions different from ours and changing their minds.  He has a diary up at DailyKos about doorbelling and "fighting for the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens".  Here's what he says about the effort:

I want to make a point that every last Democrat should take to heart regarding this election:

We Democrats are locked in a battle for governance of the United States.

That battle is for control of Congress, of the Judiciary, of all fifty State Houses and the Governor's desks of this land.  The 2006 mid-term elections are just one part of that battle. We are locked in a two-year struggle over which party will emerge as the majority party in the United States.

The outcome of this election alone, however, will not determine the victor of this battle. That would be misunderstanding this moment. In fact, given the hand-wringing and poll-wrangling we've seen online the last few days, it's critically important to understand the true location and significance of this battle for governance.

The focus of this battle for governance is not the halls of Congress or the desk in the Oval Office.  It's not the conference room of the Supreme Court or the chambers of the various State Capitals. It's easy to get distracted and think that's true.  But it isn't.

We Democrats are fighting for the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens. No more and no less. That's the real terrain of this battle field. And that's what we do when we GOTV. That's the point.

This is important to keep up these conversations no matter who wins which races.  I hope we can figure out a way to do that. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 6, 2006 at 08:27 AM in Candidate Races, Taking Action | Permalink


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