Message from MoveOn

If you’re an Obama supporter, watching the polls or reading the news can feel pretty good right now. And we should feel good—progressives have worked hard to get this far!

But we can’t listen to the pundits who say it’s over. Can you share these “Top 5 reasons Obama supporters shouldn’t rest easy” with your blog readers—and encourage them to volunteer for Obama between now and Election Day?


1. The polls may be wrong. This is an unprecedented election. No one knows how racism may affect what voters tell pollsters—or what they do in the voting booth. And the polls are narrowing anyway. In the last few days, John McCain has gained ground in most national polls, as his campaign has gone even more negative.

2. Dirty tricks. Republicans are already illegally purging voters from the rolls in some states. They’re whipping up hysteria over ACORN to justify more challenges to new voters. Misleading flyers about the voting process have started appearing in black neighborhoods. And of course, many counties still use unsecure voting machines.

3. October surprise. In politics, 15 days is a long time. The next McCain smear could dominate the news for a week. There could be a crisis with Iran, or Bin Laden could release another tape, or worse.

4. Those who forget history… In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote after trailing by seven points in the final days of the race. In 1980, Reagan was eight points down in the polls in late October and came back to win. Races can shift—fast!

5. Landslide. Even with Barack Obama in the White House, passing universal health care and a new clean-energy policy is going to be hard. Insurance, drug and oil companies will fight us every step of the way. We need the kind of landslide that will give Barack a huge mandate.

If you agree that we shouldn’t rest easy, please sign up to volunteer at your local Obama office by clicking here:

We’re just two weeks away from turning the page on the Bush era—but we can’t afford to take our eye off the prize. We’ve got to keep pushing until the very end.

Message from Debby Schwartz

My friend and supercool singer-songwriter, Debby Schwartz, sent me this letter. She gave me permission to post it.

Hey Chris:

I was in Allentown this past Saturday. Interesting experience. Blacks and Latinos I spoke with were almost 100% with Obama. White folk were 50% for-50% against. Out in the rural areas, the lawn signs were, say 60-40% favoring Obama. Still a bit too close for comfort. Palin has had an effect. I won’t get to go back before the election but I want to do some phone banking beforehand. Wish I could do more. Great letter! Glad you got to go down!

See you later,

That was nicer than this message I got when I emailed the last post accidentally to the UNCG Drama listserv instead of my friend Una. “Whoever you are, stop sending this crap to me! You are out of your mind if you want someone so unqualified to lead our fragile country at this time!”

I thought David Letterman handled this nicely. He kept McCain on subject and even shared his concerns about the world his son Harry will be living in. Will Palin be able to handle another 9/11? And which questionable people has McCain been around?

There’s all sorts of chatter going on about Camp McCain going for the electoral vote by a narrow margin. A win’s a win. Like in 2000. Popular vote be damned.

I saw W on Friday. Brolin is amazing. Reminds me of my grad school bud Jason Kehler. I mean they were split from the same cloth. Thandie Newton is incredible as Condie Rice. Toby Jones was also great as Rove. Most of the others pulled the characters towards them rather than going to the character. It’s a choice. Some weird casting: Rob Corddry as Ari Fleischer and Ion Gruffudd as Tony Blair. Good for them but weird. I didn’t feel I learned any new insights but got to feel what it was like inside this world. A few odd things like in The Doors. One moment was when Bush was meeting Laura for the first time and he’s walking across the backyard at this barbeque. He steps on this corn on the cob on the ground. What the hell does that symbolize?