Vote For Change

I just got back from a MoveOn PAC Get Out The Vote phone party, held in a bar on the Bowery, converted this morning & afternoon by the owners into a virtual war room. It was amazing how many people were there, how many showed up during their lunch breaks, how many had been there since 9 a.m. (I got there after voting around 11:30).

In about three hours, I called 72 people in Colorado and Florida to remind them to vote. I got a lot of answering machines, but enough random Kerry supporters – like the mother who proudly told me that her daughter (the name on my list) had just voted for the first time by absentee ballot (since she was at school), had voted Kerry, and that she herself not only had voted Kerry, but had been at the polls all morning, sitting next to MoveOn PAC volunteers.

Yeah, it wasn’t a lot; I could have done more (my friend Lisa from DC was in Pennsylvania, getting out the vote, these last few days) but it was something, and if I got one person to vote then it was a lot, and to quote someone I admire, I didn’t want to wake up tomorrow morning and wish I could have done more.”