I mean it. What can we buy to help him? I was thinking about that last week as I was worrying over ugly poll numbers. But even though it looks like there’s light at the end of our tunnel, I know we can’t get complacent.
So what can we do to help Obama win?
Why don’t we start with canvassing? We all know volunteer door-to-door, face-to-face contact is the best way for Democrats to win over voters. So obviously, we can help Obama this way. At My.BarackObama.com (aka “MyBO”), we can all sign up to help. But even if we’re not in a swing state, we can always donate to help pay for neighborhood voter outreach. Oh yes, and it’s always fun to make a weekend trip out of a journey to volunteer in a swing state!
We can always make the calls. Remember that real, live person-to-person phone calls are also extremely effective in winning over voters. Again, MyBO is a great resource for figuring out how to deliver more votes for Democrats just by dialing a phone. But hey, let’s not forget that these phone banks cost money. Our donations go a long way in making sure that all those important calls are made.
Yes, yes, I know I haven’t yet talked about TV ads. Personally, I don’t think they’re the all-important weapons that many professional consultants think they are. Still, I won’t kid myself that they aren’t important at all. TV and radio ads, along with mail pieces, can help in reaching voters. And yes, they can be useful in delivering one’s own message and/or hitting hard at the opponent. That’s why it’s important for us to donate to put more ads on the air in more states.
And finally, we will do so much to further the progressive cause and the Democratic Party in the future by investing in our party and our candidates. We have numerous worthy Congressional candidates all over the nation, and we have a a great party that we can make stronger. Our investment helps elect more and better Democrats to Congress next year who will help President Obama enact a progressive agenda, and it will go a long way to ensure we don’t see another assault on our values in the same way that’s happened in the last eight years with George Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain, and the rest of the radical right GOP.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get to work now! We have a new President to elect, new members of Congress to elect, and a nation to save! 🙂