47 days to the election. Like every other political junkie in the internet age, as soon as I am even half awake, I jump out of bed (which is, of course, shared each night with a smartphone just in case something breaks in the middle of the night...) and bound over to check the overnights.
I took a moment to check around my house this morning. Like every election season, the only food in the fridge is for the puppy. The coffee stash is heavy, though. The one piece of clothing I'm concerned with being clean is my "Register to Vote" tee-shirt, I can work around anything else. The voter registration supplies that are often in a cabinet except for the few forms I carry at all times are now out on the counters in case I need to select a complete pile of registration forms, absentee ballot apps, samples, and Voter ID info for a volunteer. My desk is littered with maps, poll results and other things I need to check against the morning changes. I realize that I need someone to come and clean my house. The puppy, though, is happily sleeping and well cared for (and NOT SPOILED).
So this morning it appears that Mitt Romney is having money problems. The irony is hysterical. Floating around Facebook is an infographic showing a map of those states with the highest percentages of tax non-filers: the whole south and Idaho. Caption: Irony, if only Southerners knew that word.
And then the polls. It's looking scary-good. The numbers themselves are good, with even a bit of hope that we get the House back (even Michele Bachmann is endangered), the Senate looking rosy, and the top of the ticket looking especially good when you throw out the polls the exclude cell phones. Scary because it all is for naught if those people don't vote. And I'm not a stay-at-home junkie, I'm an activist, too, and I need to make sure that NONE of my voters decide to stay home because "oh you don't need my vote, we're going to win."
It's all surreal. I finger my voter registration card, and smile at how precious this is to my grandmothers' memory. If they were alive, they'd be so proud. I check the running list I keep of things I have to NOT let fall through the cracks: nothing on that list relates to appearances I need to make relative to registration and GOTV, the things burned into muscle memory.
And so I say to you: it's looking really good, but we've got 4 debates, the need to keep giving money, and a lot of work. Keep up your guard, keep working...success is within reach so long as we keep up the pace.
Elections are won one voter at a time.
Get yours today.
And thanks for all you do...