Monday, November 03, 2008

Overheard

...while volunteering at the local Democratic Party Headquarters


Please sign in.
Stacks of 25, please.
When McCain picked Palin, that was the end.
I need more of the Congress pamphlets. I have enough for President.
Are there any pens that aren't chewed on?
Hello, my name is Jon, and I'm a volunteer at the Democratic Party for Change.
We couldn't run this campaign without volunteers.
How long will that phone cord reach?
Is the nine to twelve shift all right?
Here, kids, go get Starbucks for all of us.
Thank you.
How many hours until the election?
Here's the address where you'll be meeting.
It's important for my kids to see the process.
Let me get that for you.
Thank you.
We need a lot of people to keep this machine running.
Data entry? I can do that.
I'm confirming your shift for "Get out the Vote" on election day.
Do you need Energy Plan brochures or Economic Solutions?
Share the excitement!
I remember you. I talked to you last night.
Can a voter register if she moved here in July and still has a Hawaii drivers' license?
Where are we? What's our address?
You can register up to the fourth of November. On the 5th, you're no good to us.
Yes, you can register at the polls on election day with the proper ID.
We couldn't run this campaign without volunteers.
Thank you.

It's just an empty storefront re-furnished with desks, tables, chart paper, shelves, and temporary wall signs. Nothing is new. Even the phones on the phone bank are old fashioned telephones with cords. Laptop computers are adorned with bumper stickers and campaign buttons. Handmade posters share space with professionally printed pieces. Scripts for the phone bank hang on the wall with tape, sharing space with additional information like the address of HQ and a map of the polls. But amidst the murmur of voices and the clicks of the telephones, there's an underlying energy that fuels the crew.

We all know it's no longer a matter of days. It's a matter of hours. This election matters. At this late date, all we have left is hope.
Ah, yes, and the most important tool: we have our votes.

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6 Comments:

OpenID gabriellel66 said...

You vote, I'll cross my fingers!!!

11/03/2008 8:46 AM  
Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I've been there and I've also felt that undercurrent.

11/03/2008 9:55 AM  
Blogger Judy Merrill Larsen said...

It's electric here in Missouri--I'm going back and forth between being terrified and being hopeful.

11/03/2008 10:48 AM  
Blogger Halibut said...

I am hoping that McCain can pull off an upset. Liberalism with Obama scares me.

11/03/2008 7:27 PM  
Blogger Bihter said...

Hi Daisy,

I really enjoy your blog. I watched an author named Christopher Flett on the Today Show, he wrote a book called "What Men Don't Tell Women About Business" and it shares secrets for women working in business. I thought you might enjoy hearing about him. There could be some great content in their for future posts.

Keep up the great work.

Sincerely,

Bihter

11/04/2008 4:41 AM  
Blogger Bihter said...

Hi Daisy,

I've been doing some additional research on the author, Chris Flett, that I talked about on my last comment. His company is "GhostCEO" (www.GhostCEO.com) and his book is a bestseller. I found it on Amazon here. Anyway, he was in the NY Times last Sunday under the "Career Couch" and he makes reference to women's blogs like yours so I thought you might like to connect. I'd like to see you interview him and see what he's all about. I saw on another blog he was a guest blogger. His email is: chris@ghostceo.com

Best wishes,

Bihter.

11/12/2008 3:17 AM  

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