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State of the Union- Live Blog

Post SOTU summary: The general election this November will pit two Republicans against each other.

Remember, this is a campaign speech. Obama is going to catapult some propaganda and see what sticks. He says a lot of things people want to hear but he has very poor follow through. I don’t have anything to drink tonight but hot chocolate. If anyone wants to play a drinking game, add your words in the comment section and I’ll play along, at the risk of scalding my throat. The text of the speech can be found at the NYTimes but if you read it in advance, that’s cheating.

Will there be any surprises? Will he get booed? Can I get a Mic Check? Predictions?

Have at it!


Saltybitch Spends a Weekend in Cleveland

I’m sure it is sexier than it sounds. But let’s hear it from the bitch:

Hi all! An update from the ground in Ohio: Just got home to NYC late last night after unexpectedly spending the weekend getting out the vote for Hillary in Cleveland!!!

It was a tremendous experience (never done anything like that before). The crowds volunteering at both Cleveland offices were diverse along all cultural ranges – age, sex, race, class, etc – completely defying the way Hillary’s demographic is portrayed in the media.

Among various other tasks, I was able to do a lot of canvassing, and going door-to-door was my favorite part of the weekend. Lots of strong positive support for Hillary in District 10 (6 delegates, I think)! There were many people still undecided and making up their minds, but not, from what I could tell, a huge number of people strongly and obstinately supporting Obama. In fact, through clear discussions and expressing our own passion for Hillary’s candidacy, I think we were really able to swing some people into her corner.

Sunday night I got to attend Hillray’s event at the Ohio State campus in Cleveland. I’d never seen her speak in person. It was unbelievable. So much strength and yet backed with an overwhelming compassion and a winning charisma. And her ability to control the energy of the room was uncanny, masterfully bringing us from enthusiastic thunderous cheers of support to absolute breathless silence, hanging on her every word. As she related intimate tales of interactions with people on the campaign trail, it really felt like she was speaking one-on-one to each of us there. The crowd was again widely diverse along all lines, and seemed to really love her. At the end of her speech, she stayed shaking hands and signing autographs for an eternity, making focussed connections with each supporter. I was so proud to be there working on her behalf.

I really think she’s going to take Ohio, though of course it’s all up to them now. And like all of you, I will be on pins and needles all day. I’m planning to go in to the New York hq to make a last-ditch effort at phone calls today after work, and so will likely watch at least some of the returns from there.

If anyone has too much time on their hands today for their own mental good, take to the phones! There’s still a chance to reach someone out there in Texas and Ohio who hasn’t voted yet and is not sure who they’re supporting. We can communicate our passion to them and help Hillary take the nomination! You can do it from the comfort of your own homw – just go to http://www.hillaryclinton.com and click on the link to make phone calls. It’s really easy to do and will help quell your nerves.

Bitch is the new Black! Hillary for President!

Saltybitch says Cleveland *is* sexier than it sounds so can we assume that someone got lucky last weekend?  Saltybitch says no but it does bring up some possibilities. 😉

Like, maybe it can be a new slogan: “Campaigning for Hillary is the best way to get laid” or something like that. We gotta work on it.

My Saturday for Hillary

ernestineI was getting nowhere with my local Democratic party club. Everytime I asked about campaign opportunities for Clinton, they sent me a notice about Obama. No thanks. I’m not joining that orgy unless I absolutely have to.

So, I signed up for some time at the Clinton headquarters in Trenton. It’s a bit out of my way and I got lost but I finally found the office across the street from the NJ government offices. It’s a three story townhouse with a warren of rooms and long hallways and it was stuffed to the gills with volunteers. In fact, I think they had to turn a couple people away. There just weren’t enough phones or places to put everyone, The main phone banking action was taking place on the third floor but since they’d run out of space, they put me and three other women in a downstairs conference room that we shared with a busy paid staffer with a bluetooth in his ear and a constant stream of calls from all over the state.

Three other women, M., K, and J and I spent the afternoon calling Princeton and the Trenton suburbs. One of the great things about volunteering is that you get to meet some nice, new people. One of the women implied that DailyKos had jumped the shark with the marathon Obamagasm. She doens’t go there anymore. It may turn out that Markos bet the farm on Obama winning and in the process, he is losing some of his audience. Oh, and she thought Markos was a jerk. Ok, she didn’t say jerk . She said something else. Apparently this was based on some personal interaction she had with him. I didn’t delve further. My interactions with Markos have been too brief to comment on his general demeanor. But, whatever. DailyKos has lost some luster and that’s kinda sad, considering my orange YK lanyard still swings from my rearview mirror. Oh, well.

We made a ton of calls. Everytime we got a positive call for Hillary, we shouted “Ding!”. (The bell was upstairs so we had to provide our own sound effects) I had a few negative calls at first but once I got in the zone, it turned out that the majority of the people I spoke to directly were going to vote for Hillary. There were only two out of about 100 calls I made who were definitely voting for Obama. There were a number of undecided voters as well who were cordial enough to not hang up. They sounded persuadable. In the late afternoon, there was space made upstairs, so I left the harried staffer some privacy and joined the throng in the attic.

Wanda sat next to me and she was very good at talking to undecided voters. Very warm, sincere and knowledgeable, she asked them what their concerns were and let them talk it out. I’m afraid I’m not nearly as smooth as Wanda. After about 9 pages of calls, I started getting a little phobic about the whole thing. The callers were by and large very nice on the phone but I was so afraid I’d get a nasty one that my anxiety level started to rise as time went on.

So, I took a little break and talked to some of the rest of the staff. They were very friendly and kept us well supplied with water, apples, cookies and all of the goldfish we could eat. The atmosphere is upbeat yet a little tense. They are confident that Tuesday will go well but it’s been a lot harder than any of them imagined and Obama is giving everyone fits.

The office was getting lots of calls for lawn signs. I swiped a stack of placards as I left. And even though there were plenty of volunteers in Trenton, the area around Hoboken is densely populated and it would have been nice if they had been able to distribute the people around the state. If there are any readers who want to see beautiful downtown Hoboken, here’s a perfect opportunity. 😉

All in all, a pretty good day. Tomorrow, I’m headed for the Bernardsville office which is closer to my home and on the way to the BFF’s house in NY where we will watch the Superbowl tomorrow night.

And what did YOU do today?

One last thing: My mom called me while I was phone banking. She and the rest of my family voted for Bush, both times. They completely bought the con, but I digress. Anyway, she said my *sister* was going to go to a Hillary event. The fam lives in PA. I have no idea when this event is but it sounds like she is enthusiastic. Even my mom is voting D this year. She likes Obama but wouldn’t mind Hillary sharing the ticket with him. So long as she’s on the top, I can live with it.

My calls today suggest that women are very motivated to vote for Clinton. I talked to women in their 90’s who acted like they couldn’t wait for Tuesday so they could cast their vote for the first viable woman candidate for president of their lives. And now, I have the first evidence that it isn’t just Democrats who might want to vote for her. Apparently, even former wingers are willing to re-register to pull that lever.