Bring It On!

Countdown to E-Day

October 20th, 2008 | by Jet Netwal |

As exciting as working a winning Congressional Campaign has been, when I saw this on former Bio-phyte Matt Browner-Hamlin’s Facebook page, I just had to share. Once I stopped laughing, that is.

Alka-Seltzer is about all I have going for me today. — Matt Browner-Hamlin

So much time, talent and effort goes into making a win happen that it’s hard sometimes to truly see the whole picture. Talents in fundraising, raising awareness, working on the ground, media, strategy, and outreach translate into ever increasing circles that bring more and more volunteers/voters into the process. It’s far more than money, although the money is huge. Reaching a district that spans four counties on the ground only happens when the candidate inspires the volunteers and they literally go forth and multiply. That wins you a primary.

Then, to reach the voters for the general, it’s ads, ads, ads. That’s the money. So when you think about it, it’s too bad we’re so addicted to our TV’s. If we left them and went out to see the people asking for our vote, we might actually learn something about them beyond 30 seconds of slick, be more motivated to vote, and actually try democracy on for size.

When I volunteered for the Alan Grayson campaign 15 months ago, it was because I met Alan, and he blew me away. Both his positions on things I think are important and the sheer force of his personality and intelligence made me realize that if I sat on the sidelines for this election, I had no right to bitch about the outcome, despite the fact I would vote. I had the opportunity to actually change what happens to the people around me, to the way I knew would take the best care of us. Not of ME, but of US. I had to try.

Nationally, campaigns are tracked to see how many voters they reach out to, and how hard the campaign works the ground game. It matters, because this is where the voter connects with the candidate, and that connection lasts beyond the booth. It is the cornerstone of representation and accountability. I am so proud to tell you that our campaign, for FL-8, is number ONE in the nation for voter contact.

When we win this, and I believe we have reached the point of inevitability, it won’t be because of the expensive ads we had to run to be visible against a well funded incumbent, but because we busted hundreds of volunteer butts to cover four counties, had a candidate who tirelessly traveled 15 months to meet thousands of voters, and who, while meeting them, showed them he valued their opinions and desires for their future and their children’s future. In a campaign that was largely self funded, he could do that. He didn’t have to spend hours on the phone asking for cash and drumming up IOU’s. He spent that time in the district, talking, listening and learning. When he gets to DC, he knows us, and he’ll do a fantastic job advocating for us.

It’s about damn time we had that.

So, if you haven’t seen some of the best political ads ever, and they are that good, visit the link above and see what the excitement is about. This is the New Democrat, folks. He’s one, but more and more are rising. We are revitalizing, one seat at a time.

After 15 months, we all have Alka-Seltzer going for us, that, and the knowledge that it was completely worth it.

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  1. 9 Responses to “Countdown to E-Day”

  2. By steve on Oct 20, 2008 | Reply

    Must be fun to work so hard for something.

  3. By manapp99 on Oct 20, 2008 | Reply

    Winning feels good. So why do the liberals that run our public schools want to deny their kids the thrill of victory with no score soccer and T-ball?

  4. By Jet Netwal on Oct 20, 2008 | Reply

    For those of you who are curious, that is what a thread hijack looks like.

  5. By steve on Oct 20, 2008 | Reply

    Jet, I was serious… I see your facebook page and know how much work you do for Grayson. You are actually doing instead of just commentating on something which is more than most people on this blog including myself do.

  6. By Jet Netwal on Oct 20, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks, Steve. I didn’t take it the wrong way. :-)

    It has been one of the better things I’ve done in my life, that’s for sure.

  7. By steve on Oct 20, 2008 | Reply

    This is how you hijack a thread.

  8. By manapp99 on Oct 20, 2008 | Reply

    Actually Jet, Steve is right. You have worked hard and deserve enjoying the fruits of your labor. I hope this guy turns out to be good to his word and more than just another politician. We need more good ones regardless of the party label.

    I am sorry for trying to hijack your thread.

  9. By Jet Netwal on Oct 20, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you, Mannapp, I appreciate it. I hope he does too. Based on my conversations with him over the past year point 3, I think he’s a genuine civil servant. I’m excited about having that caliber of representation for my district.

  10. By Jet Netwal on Oct 21, 2008 | Reply

    LOL, Steve. I’m old enough to remember seeing that on MTV… Funny the stuff that bubbles up after a couple of decades. I never would have believed something as forgettable as Scooby Doo would make a comeback either. :-)

    We now return you to the thread in progress…

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