Those who know my stuff know that Susie Madrak speaks for me here.
I get really pissed when armchair prognosticators “explain” to me that it doesn’t matter, the GOP has gerrymandered away any chance of victory. Horse hockey: Gerrymandering only works when Dems have their usual tepid turnout. If we turn out, we win.
And here’s the simplest way to do it: Call every Democrat you know the weekend before the election, and remind them how important it is to vote. Then call and remind them the night before.
A wise man might have once said that there are two kinds of people in the world: people who think there are two kinds of people in the world and people who don’t. In the reactions to my earlier thoughts about shame and persuasion in politics many who resisted the most also seemed more likely to see ‘them’ as an undifferentiated mass neither worth the effort nor likely to respond to it. I disagree. Why does that matter? It matters to me because I think that believing the game is fixed, that people are fixed, makes an excellent excuse to check out and snipe from the margins (common synonym: blogging).
It takes effort to get your friends registered and voting, to call your Congressperson and write your local paper and perhaps most of all to talk with a supposed political ‘enemy’ on their level without antagonism, shaming or cheap shots. Sure some districts will never turn blue and some people have a head of reinforced concrete. If you want to believe that describes them all or even a significant plurality then go ahead and check out.
For everyone else I will point out the one thing in the Ferguson protests that freaked FOX News most of all: a table registering voters.