Saturday, September 18, 2004

Registering Voters

I just got back from manning a Bush/Cheney voter registration table outside of a Safeway in San Mateo, CA. We signed up about 10 new voters, many of whom had never voted before, or not in a very long time. There were only 2 who identified as Democrat.

There were many delightful conversations with folks who stopped by, many expressing that they'd voted Democrat in the past but had to go for Bush this time around, as well as others who were going Republican for good. In fact, within the couple who manned the table with me when I first got there, the wife had just changed her affiliation from Democrat and was enthusiastically volunteering for "the other side".

There were a few exchanges with some raving lefties. One middle aged guy walked by, glaring at us and saying in a loud voice of righteous indignation, "you have blood on your hands!". Another middle aged woman stared at us and said "How dare you come to Safeway. Shame on you! Shame on you." Another guy said "How many kids have died? 1015 now!" I said back, "How many kids were liberated, sir?" He said "Liberated from what?!? I replied "Liberated from tyranny, sir." After which he huffed off into the store. We've been trained to not engage in arguments, but I tell, you it's difficult at times.

At any rate, it was a lovely time out there, and its great to be on the front lines, dealing with regular folks, and getting a living, breathing 3D feeling for how the political winds are blowing (whether accurate or not, I don't know). I highly recommend getting involved!

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