On the big WALK we did last week, I ran into a few Dems who were pessimistic about winning in November--this despite the super job the GOP is doing in helping us get out the vote by being so corrupt and incompetent. I explained it to them like this: There are around 105,000 Republicans registered in Seminole County, and there are around 79,000 registered Democrats. BUT, there are 55,000 independents, which are leaning heavily Democratic.
Add this to the thousands who are not registered to vote, (and we trying to register as many as possible). Add this to the fact that many Republicans tell me they are upset by the abandonment of their "conservative" principles (outrageous deficit spending and pork barrel spending, the tripling of the size of government, government intrusion into our private lives, anti-life stem cell veto, and not to mention immigration and port security), and are opting to vote either with us or 3rd party this election-- then maybe, just maybe, you can see why I don't share your pessimism?
Granted, we have an uphill battle. We face an opposition that has gerrymandered like crazy, abuses the power of incumbency, and has no scruples when it comes to winnning. And we have to watch our current elections chief carefully (and we are!)
But folks, if more people who are tired of this mess will help us by donating, or if you can't, volunteering--so we can get out the Democratic vote, we will win. It is based on turnout: only a small percentage of registered voters vote in non-presidential election years (yet they vote in American Idol--go figure). The GOP is not motivated, but we are! We are motivated for change! (How many GOPs want to volunteer their time working to keep things the way they are?) We can and will win the turnout war. If we can get almost EVERY Democrat to come out and vote in this election, we WILL WIN IN A LANDSLIDE.
It's up to you. I don't know when we will get another chance like this...
Rumsfield 2006: "I have never painted a rosy picture. I have been very measured in my words,and you'd have a dickens of a time trying to find where I have been excessively optimistic."
Rumsfield 2003: "It is unknowable how long this conflict will last.
It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.
There is no question but that they would be welcomed." "