Saturday, February 16, 2008

Look Ma, I'm on C-Span!

On February 5th of this year, I rode with a friend--actually a an Obama-supporter that I had only met the previous day--up to UCLA to the rally being held with Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, and a surprise appearance by California's First Lady, Maria Shriver. I'm posting a video of the rally below, not because it was an incredible rally--though it was--but for a much important reason: I'm in it! If you look in the top left-hand corner--especially when Michelle Obama is speaking--you'll see a grainy character with a shaved head and dark green zip-up sweatshirt. That, dear reader, is you not-so-humble blogger in all of his enthusiastic and star-struck glory!

So, without further ado, allow me to present to you my 75 minutes of intermittent fame:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This is what momentum looks like

As I watched his victory speech tonight (he does seem to be giving a lot of those lately) there was only one thought in my head: this man is next President of the United States! I dare you to watch and disagree:

Monday, February 04, 2008

Fired up. . .and ready to blow?

The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true. - Galadriel, The Fellowship of the Ring

Oy vey--I'm going slightly neurotic here, folks! For the past three weeks, it's been the same: I eat, sleep and breathe this primary election. I really can't keep a non-political, non-Obama, non-horse-race thought in my head anymore. Every poll showing ground being gained and every major endorsement makes my skin tingle with the intoxicating endorphins of glorious victory, while every poll showing voters moving in the opposite direction--and, luckily, these have been fewer of late--leave me convinced that the barbarian hoards are about to sack the city. Each morning the rollercoaster starts anew, and I can only hope that the peaks outnumber and outweigh the troughs (or, of course, I could just just get off the ride, but let's not be unreasonable!).

More and more, I find that my voracious craving for information cannot possibly be satiated. News is my life's blood, analysis the bread upon which I feast. I've read more political blogs in the the past week than I have in the rest of the last year, and, I'll bet, more than the vast majority of my readers have read in their lifetimes! In years past, I've occasionally considered myself to be something of a political junkie, but that's only because I didn't know what a true political junkie was. Even now, I only flirt along the edge of this debilitating pathology. No, the true junkies are the people who write the endless streams of blog post I read; compared to their twisted minds, I'm bordering on sanity!

Come Wednesday morning, my role as one of the Precinct Captains in California's 50th Congressional District will cease. This should be a relief, but it's not. The fact is that this primary will not be ending tomorrow--it is highly unlikely that Obama will either achieve a crushing victory or sustain a debilitating loss--and, sure, I won't be under any further obligation to canvass my neighbors, but there is still much more I can and should do to help the campaign in the many contest that will follow tomorrow's.

There will be much more news to watch, many more posts to read, and I will be there, reveling in this insane thing we call democracy in the 21st century, until the end. But if that long-hoped-for day of victory could just come a little sooner rather than later, my decimated nerves would be grateful. Oh well, that's politics.

Goodnight, and happy voting tomorrow!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

This is so cool!

Even if you're tired of my incessant Obama-gushing, you really need to watch this video:

From the annals of the pleasantly unexpected

I spent about four hours today canvassing a local San Diego neighborhood for the Obama campaign. Despite being very reluctant about the prospect of going door-to-door to talk politics with strangers, I had a really great time. I hitched a talride with a neighbor that I hadn't met until this morning, and he, a former salesman, provided much of the impetus and motivation that sustained me through my initial hesitation and nervousness. But by the end, I was perfectly comfortable walk to houses and talking to people on my own.

I talked with some annoyed and impatient people; I met excited Obama-supporters who were happy to see me; I walked briskly away from the yard of one crazy woman living in a home that appeared to belong in a third-world slum; I woke a few people up from sleeping; I met a woman who was--at least according to my records--a registered Democrat despite not being a citizen; I was told by one man that he was casting a vote for "The Kingdom of God," though he didn't specify which candidate the Kingdom supports; I learned that the people around me are far weirder and much more interesting than I could possibly have imagined.

I don't know what the coming political winds portend, but I do know that there are many thousands of people just like me across this state and this country who are working their collective ass off right now because, for the first time in many years we believe that, together, We The People can change this country for the better.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Nevermind Barack, I want Michelle in the White House!

Check this out:

Rumor has it that Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy and Oprah Winfrey will be holding a free Obama rally in Los Angeles this Sunday. I wanted to go before, but after watching Michelle in this video, I don't see how I can possibly justify not going to see this intelligent stateswoman speak.