a citizen’s journal by Thomas Nephew

We will, we will ROCK YOU

Posted by Thomas Nephew on November 8th, 2006

Let no one say this Democrat doesn’t have a post-election plan: in the first 100 hours after this election, I pledge to each and every one of you that I will be gloating non-stop. Speaker of the House Nancyyyyy Pelosiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, and here in Maryland: Bob Ehrlich? Michael Steele? Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, scumbags.

I’m proud to have been a small part of the combined O’Malley/Cardin get out the vote work here in Montgomery County, canvassing in Germantown, Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Takoma Park over and over again, and I’m a lot more familiar with this home of mine than I was before. Monday evening and Tuesday alone I must have knocked on a couple of hundred doors. Volunteers like myself swamped the District 20 office yesterday, and it’s my sense that we knew we were part of a national election: hold the line in Maryland, keep that U.S. Senate seat, return a Democrat to the governor’s mansion in Annapolis. At least at our own headquarters, we were ahead of schedule all day long, and at the end of the day I wound up getting sent over with a couple of other volunteers to P.G. County to help out there.

In the process, I was able to let at least one DSCC staffer know how little I think of Joe Lieberman, and I hope she carries that message back to her bosses. There’s a lot of loose talk about how this election signals some kind of return to the center, and that moderates hold new sway in the Democratic Party. I’ve got nothing against moderates or the center, really. By historical definitions of either notion, that’s where I am, too.

But not by today’s definitions. I think the energy Democrats got yesterday wasn’t from people who wanted “bipartisanship” for its own sake to prevail, it was from people who wanted the Democratic Party to prevail, and who want it to give Bush the first real fights of his presidency. The same rising tide that’s lifting all hopeful DC interns today can ebb right back out to sea if their bosses flinch from that mandate.

5 Responses to “We will, we will ROCK YOU”

  1. Stephanie Dray Says:

    I’m right there with you.
    And I hope we will not feel sorry for the losers and forget about what they did in this election. I want their careers to be over.

  2. Sven Says:

    grats. great job 🙂

  3. Nell Says:

    It just keeps feeling better and better. Colors seem brighter… ;>

  4. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Nell, don’t know if you’ve seen this: 2006 Election Results, New York Times interactive graphic. You can compare how Webb did with how Kerry and other races did, county by Virginia county. Your county went from +19.5% for Bush and +15% for Allen in 2000 to +11% for Allen in 2006. Given the margin of victory statewide, Allen’s incremental losses outside of Northern Virginia weigh just about as heavily as the big margins Webb got in Fairfax and Arlington.
    In other words: BRAVA, NELL! and all your fellow volunteers.

  5. eRobin Says:

    Anyone who got out and knocked doors is a hero to me. There’s no Democracy without commitment from the people.
    That NYT graphic is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

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