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Come to Virginia and take 13 electoral votes away from George Bush!

The latest Zogby poll puts us only 3 percentage points behind in VA. We only lost in 2000 by 200,000 votes - less than 100 per precinct statewide. Now we're below 40. We can win this thing.

Turn-out from Northern VA swung the state for Doug Wilder and this year is even more auspicious.  Bush support is weakening downstate around Hampton Roads and we have a strong Congressional candidate there in David Ashe.  Doug is running a spirited race in Richmond that will stimulate Democratic turnout.  New voter registration exceeds the difference between Kerry and Bush in the polls.  And I've never seen the energy in NOVA that I see today.

We are moving into the last days of canvassing and GOTV work and preparing for a big effort on Election Day.  Many people from the District and MD are going to FL, OH, and PA, which is great for those with flexible schedules.  However, I'd bet that there are a lot more folks who could get away on evenings, weekends, or Election Day.  We could really use them over here.

More (+ contact info) below...

As the Post reported, the Kerry campaign re-allocated some of some paid staff to other states with more electoral votes.  Don't read too much into that decision.  We still have as many paid staff in VA as the opposition and more than in 1992, 1996, or 2000.  All the offices are still open, all the phone banks are running, and all the structures the paid staff set in place are  working.  Now we just need you to help fill them.

A win in VA may or may not be the difference in this campaign.  But who can say, after 4 years ago, that we don't need insurance?  It also could be the difference between a victory and a drubbing (and a drubbing would not only feel good, but would also have real legitimacy significance). VA's electoral machinery is not under Republican control.  Most importantly for you, the key precincts are right across the river.

Here are the main offices:  

Arlington - 3147 Wilson Boulevard (one block from the Clarendon metro) 703-248-9330 (e-mail: arlvolunteer@vavictory04.com)

Alexandria - 618 N Washington St, Alexandria 703-549-3367

Fairfax - (Northern Virginia Regional Office) 2722 Merrilee Drive Suite 310 (near Home Depot) 703-207-2004 Fax: 703-207-6927

And two key websites for up-to-date information on volunteer needs and opportunities:

http://www.virginia4kerry.com/default.html

http://www.vavictory04.com/

Find some time.  Cross a bridge.  We can win this thing.

Originally posted to Virginia Victory on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 06:35 AM PDT.

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  •  alright (none)
    i heard VA has amazing grassroots organization

    it would be great for Bush to get Virginia surprise

    •  Even better if that surprise is combined with... (none)
      NC, WV, CO, NV, TN, AR

      In Britain they admit to having royalty. In the United States we pretend we don't have any, and then we elect them president.

      by Asak on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 07:18:59 AM PDT

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  •  Norfolk Virginian-Pilot endorses Kerry (none)
    A course change: The Virginian-Pilot endorses John Kerry
     The Virginian-Pilot
    © October 21, 2004

    George W. Bush oiled the troubled waters of his 2000 election by promising to govern as a unifier and a compassionate conservative.

    Four years later, the nation is more bitterly split than ever. That is because the president abandoned the middle ground of the Republican Party in favor of its ideological edge.

    He discourages internal dissent, equates disagreement with disloyalty and presents the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as an unassailable justification for whatever course the administration takes.

    If polls are correct, half of America stands ready to reward his performance with a second term. Their trust rests on faith in the transparency of Bush's character, that you get what you see, that no one believes more fervently than Bush that freedom is rising abroad and prosperity is around the corner at home.

    In anxious and uncertain times, his confidence and clarity carry undeniable appeal.

    Guestbook discussion: Who's your choice for president? Why?

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    But Americans must approach this election governed by their heads as well as their hearts.

    Resolve is no substitute for results. Americans need to answer honestly: Has Bush strengthened our national security? Our economic security? Our retirement security? Or have his judgments jeopardized all three?

    National security. Bush greeted the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center with passion and steely purpose. He routed the Taliban in Afghanistan, earning worldwide applause. It was his finest hour.

    But when the bull's-eye shifted from Osama bin Laden to Saddam Hussein, the unraveling began.

    From the start, Bush failed to square with the American people about the true nature of his bold gamble to establish a democratic beachhead in Iraq.

    He justified the venture first on the basis of a nonexistent bond between al-Qaida and Saddam, next on equally non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Duped by misplaced faith in shadowy Iraqi resistance figures, Bush wrongly assumed that we would be greeted as liberators, not occupiers. He failed to protect Iraq's infrastructure, failed to foresee the consequences of disbanding the Iraqi army, failed to have enough troops on the ground to secure a peace.

    It's not as if no one warned him. Beginning with Brent Scowcroft, his father's national security adviser, a host of respected leaders in the military and intelligence communities raised objections, only to be silenced by Bush's certitude and the deafening drumbeats of war.

    Equally troubling, on the home front, Bush asked nothing in the way of sacrifice -- not a halt in tax cuts, not a delay in Medicare prescription drug benefits, not even a little less mileage on the SUV.

    The dissembling continues to this day. Earlier this month the Duelfer report dished up the last word on weapons of mass destruction. "We were almost all wrong," the chief weapons inspector said. Yet Bush persists in arguing that he got it right.

    Meanwhile, the body count rises, our moral authority sags and Iraq looks more and more like what we most feared: a breeding ground for terrorists.

    Economic security. Bush inherited a recession. That is not his fault. He promised that tax cuts would put America back to work.

    Congress obliged. But today we have fewer jobs than when Bush took office. And by cutting revenues and increasing spending we have traded a record surplus for a record deficit.

    That's because when circumstances changed with 9/11, Bush didn't. He held fast to tax cuts while beefing up spending for the war and homeland security, all defensible. What's indefensible is that he also invited an explosion in domestic spending, including an unaffordable prescription drug plan that is the largest escalation of Medicare in its history.

    Now, instead of a $4.6 trillion, 10-year surplus, the nation faces debt as far as the eye can see.

    We are gobbling up more than our children's inheritances. We are robbing their future paychecks to repay our debts.

    Retirement security. That same recklessness has diminished America's ability to make good on its promises to seniors.

    In 1960, the ratio of workers to retirees was better than 5 to 1. By 2030, it will be just over 2 to 1. By 2018 the Social Security system will start paying out more in benefits than it takes in through taxes.

    Bush should have applied some of the surplus to that systemic Frankenstein. To keep faith with the future, he should have been building a financial cushion to soften the blow.

    He did not.

    He elevated the short-term gratification of tax cuts, including breaks for the nation's wealthiest citizens, over the long-term stability of a critical safety net. His lack of foresight has made a bad situation worse.

    To our regret, Massachussetts Sen. John Kerry has also over-promised with the nation's resources.

    Kerry has yet to square his pledge to never raise taxes on the middle class with the reality that revenue to rescue Social Security and Medicare will have to come from somewhere.

    But at least Kerry proposes to return to the principle of pay-as-you-go for ordinary federal spending. And he doesn't advocate destabilizing Social Security by allowing personally owned retirement accounts, as does Bush.

    We have misgivings about Kerry's ability to connect with ordinary people. We were frustrated by his long-winded explanations. And he hasn't been as forthright as we'd like on America's slim hopes for reclaiming lost overseas jobs.

    But on balance, Kerry is a better choice. He has shown more substance than the flip-flopping caricature drawn by his opponents. He demonstrates an admirable seriousness of purpose, steadiness under fire, and a grasp of the complexities of domestic and foreign policy issues.

    Contrary to claims that he tilts with the prevailing winds, Kerry has throughout his lifetime charted an independent course. His zigs and zags reflect his digestion of new information and his arrival at new insights, not slavish devotion to public opinion.

    There is no better example of his convictions than his decades-long involvement with Vietnam.

    As a young man he elected to go to war at a time when few of his economic and social class took such personal risk. Disillusioned by the experience, he came home to challenge the moral justification for that war at the highest levels of government.

    Over time, the prevailing historical view of the Vietnam War has aligned with Kerry's. But when he spoke out in Washington, his was a minority voice. Then, as decades passed and the nation wanted nothing more than to forget Vietnam, Kerry insisted on a more honorable conclusion.

    With Republican Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire, he scoured the countryside for evidence of surviving American captives. With GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, he led in persuading President Clinton to normalize relations with the country.

    Common sense and practicality rank high among Kerry's attributes. He supports importing prescription drugs from Canada, expanding embryonic stem cell research and rolling back tax cuts for the wealthy to finance an innovative answer to high health-insurance premiums.

    In poll after poll, Americans say that the nation is on the wrong track. They are right. It is time for fresh leadership at the Pentagon, time for a president who will hold subordinates accountable, time for a chief executive with the wisdom to recognize fatal miscalculations.

    If you want the same results, you keep doing the same thing. We do not doubt George Bush's good intentions. We doubt his judgment. The results speak for themselves.

    John Kerry has demonstrated the personal courage and intellectual stamina to put the nation on a sounder course.

  •  Good Luck! (none)
    I wish I was stateside so I could help, but at least I voted in-person absentee ballot before leaving last week.  Virginia is closer than people realize.  GOTV and we could bring this thing home.
  •  Down here in Norfolk (none)
    Governor Warner is going to meet with volunteers who are doing a literature drop today down at the KE headquarters on the corner of Hampton Blvd and Redgate.  

    Looks like the Virginia Democrats are making an honest effort here.  I don't know if we're going to win but it definitely will be close.  And I really think that the ifrastructure for local races has been set and we should expect to see a lot more quality candidates for local offices next year.

  •  Rural SW VA (none)
    Not as earth shattering as the Virginian Pilot endorsement in a heavily military area, but the Roanoke Times endorsed Kerry last Sunday as well.

    Vice harms the doer ~ Socrates

    by kdub on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 07:40:17 AM PDT

  •  Agreed, I see Kerry-Edwards buttons and signs (none)
    everywhere. I live Arlington, and turnout will be huge. If we "shock the world," and take Virginia, it's over for Bushco, and their Bushit.

    Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism. -- Thomas Jefferson

    by Cranston Dem on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 08:19:58 AM PDT

  •  What help do you need Election Day? (none)
    I have taken Election Day off from work to help out where-ever I'm needed.  Let me know what you need help with at mlk19569 at comcast.net

    DC Metro Kossacks! The K/E office in Arlington needs volunteers!! Please help. Call (703) 248-9330 to help out and bring friends.

    by mlk on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 08:38:12 AM PDT

    •  Election Day in VA (none)
      Judging by your sig and your 9/18 post, MLK, sounds like you already know the drill.  The offices are probably the best places to coordinate this, given how fast needs may change.  There will be phone-banking (this time GOTV only to identified Kerry supporters, so less depressing than the voter ID work you did before), poll watching (inside helping with challenges), poll working (outside handing out literature), rides for the elderly, etc.  Also keep checking the websites at the bottom of the diary as we get closer to Nov 2.  But thanks for the e-mail, we can also get in touch that way.
  •  Fairfax County (none)
    Kerry is going to need 53-60% of the vote in Fairfax County is he is to carry Virginia. Period. Can you do that?
    •  Fairfax county (none)
      In absolute terms, we need about 35,000 more votes in Fairfax than in 2000.  Between new registrations, increased turnout, disaffected Bush voters (remember where the CIA is based?), and Nader voters, this is achievable, given an RV base of some 600,000.  But we could use your help, Ward 3.  Come on out.  Metro to Clarendon.  Drive to Marifield.  Action is the best antidote to anxiety.  

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