This Wednesday we will post our long awaited opus regarding What Hillary Supporters Should Do after the election in NOvember. Some of what we suggest will be denounced. Some of what we suggest will be applauded. What matters is that the strategy will be set and the time of longer term action will arrive.
The time for other types of action HAS ALREADY ARRIVED.
It’s time to contact our email lists, make phone calls to friends, call all the fellow Democrats we have known for years, call Democrats we have worked with during the primaries, contact everyone we know and tell them: NObama. NOvember.
Here’s why – it’s Election Day already.
In fact, six weeks out from Election Day, some voters in Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia already are done.
Nationwide, about a third of the electorate is expected to vote early this year, thanks to expanded early-voting provisions and fewer restrictions on absentee voting, researchers project. In all, more than 30 states allow any registered voter to cast an early ballot, some in person and others by mail.
Across the nation, election officials are reporting high demand for absentee ballots. Ballots already are available in a few states, and they will be ready in about 20 more this week. By the first week of October, absentee voting will have started in all but a handful of states. In most states, all registered voters will be eligible to vote absentee, and a growing number will take advantage.
By the middle of last week, South Carolina had collected 84 ballots from voters who are living overseas or in the military, said Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the state Election Commission. In Louisville, polling stations opened Thursday, with voting restricted to those who will be unable to show up on Election Day. In Virginia, Fairfax County started accepting absentee ballots Friday. [snip]
Oregon is 100 percent vote by mail, and Washington state is getting close. Early voting in Colorado, Nevada, Tennessee and Arizona could top 40 percent or even 50 percent of total votes cast.
The time for action is now. Start contacting as many people as you know. When shopping, tell the grocer NObama. When traveling tell the bus driver, taxi driver, gas station attendant – NObama, NOvember. At the Opera, at the movie house, at the tailor, at the cobbler, at the ranch house, at the community center, at the house of worship, at the coven, at the office, at the playground, to the renter, to the buyer – NObama, NOvember.
Some arguments (we will add more) against Obama can be found at the right hand column on this website.
The McCain campaign released another advertisement today with reasons for NObama, NOvember.
ANNCR: Barack Obama.
Born of the corrupt Chicago political machine.
BARACK OBAMA: In terms of my toughness, look first of all, I come from Chicago.
ANNCR: His economic adviser, William Daley. Lobbyist. Mayor’s brother.
His money man, Tony Rezko. Client. Patron. Convicted Felon.
His “political godfather.” Emil Jones. Under ethical cloud.
His governor, Rod Blagojevich. A legacy of federal and state investigations.
With friends like that, Obama is not ready to lead.
Let’s all get to work starting today: NObama, NOvember.
Here’s more information regarding early voting
Voters by the thousands will begin casting ballots for president this week in an early voting process that’s expected to set records this year. Residents of Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia are among the first in the nation eligible to vote in person, as well as by mail. During the next few weeks, at least 34 states and the District of Columbia will allow early in-person voting for Nov. 4 elections. [snip]
It’s all part of the most extensive early voting process in history. The campaigns of Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are already focused on getting voters to the polls, even as their general election contest is taking shape — and before any of the debates. [snip]
In Georgia, where voting begins today, Secretary of State Karen Handel has urged voters to cast ballots early and expects about 1 million to do so — 25% of the electorate. “We don’t want voters to have to wait in line on Election Day,” she says.
A couple of counties in Virginia and Kentucky allowed voting late last week. On Friday, 244 people voted in Fairfax County, Va. A day earlier, 96 people kicked off the process in Louisville, despite widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Ike.
Our cousins across the Atlantic discussed the implications of early voting last week:
The expansion of early voting is posing a dilemma for the campaign teams, with decisions having to be made about whether to time adverts and rallies to coincide with the opening of early ballots or whether to delay drives until closer to November 4.
With 30% or more of the electorate predicted to vote early, the Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns are already in overdrive to try to mobilise supporters.[snip]
“People tend to vote on Fridays and Mondays, so you have to time events for that. You have to get the ads out at the right time. For campaigns, it is raising the costs,” he said.
The concertina effect on the campaign is already forcing radical changes in campaign strategy, with signs that Obama is having to abandon his ambitious plan for fight all 50 states and instead concentrate ads and energy in the battlefield states.
The early opening of the ballots in Virginia, a battlefield state that Obama hopes to take from the Republicans, partly explains why the Republican candidate John McCain and his running-mate Sarah Palin held a rally in the state on Wednesday and why a Victory 2008 bus tour, packed with congressmen and McCain’s brother Joe, set off today on a voter registration drive.
Early balloting after Virginia opens in Idaho on September 22, Missouri on September 23 and Iowa, another state that Obama hopes to take from the Republicans, on September 25.
In battlefield states that have so often decided the outcome of recent elections, early balloting opens in Ohio on September 30 and Florida on October 20.
For many of us November 4, 2008 will be the first election day in a long time in which we will not be getting up before sunrise after weeks of exhausting work to get the vote out. Some of us will head to the beach on election day. Others will enjoy a long brunch or a very long lunch followed by a wine soaked dinner.
For us November 4, 2008 will be a day of rest. The time to work is now. Follow the calendar for when voting starts in the various states and communicate with your contacts in the respective states.
Concentrate communications on the swing states. If you have contacts in states like North Dakota, by all means get in touch with them, but be aware that Obama has officially abandoned all hope to win such states. Concentrate on the swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and yes disenfranchised Florida and Michigan.
Readers of this website have strong ties to the big states Hillary won and we should exercise our special abilities and strengths in those states. When Obama abandoned Georgia, he sent his acolytes to North Carolina. Although North Carolina appears to be an Obama pipe dream, let’s contact friends in North Carolina with the NObama message.
When Obama abandoned North Dakota, and closed down his 11 offices (before absentee voting starts this Thursday), Obama sent the incense burners to annoy voters in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Let’s get the message out to our friends and compatriots in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Let’s contact everyone we know.
We have work to do.
Election Day is here.