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September 05, 2008


Thanks for the Trevor and LA Progressive linkage. I, too, went looking for a Palin link at the U of I home page yesterday and found none. Perhaps they heard from enough p-o'd alumni like Trevor, or maybe they decided it was a bit embarrassing to tout a grad who had actually only spent a few semesters at the school and who took six years and four schools to get a journalism degree. I say that with some snark as someone who earned a BSJ from one of the nation's best j-schools, Ohio U, in three years. It was a notorious party school, too. I rocked then, and I still do - just not quite as hard. OK, not nearly as hard. :)

I agree that much of GOP policy is driven by classism, not racism, at least in 2008. Maybe not so much a quarter century ago when Ron Reagan was demeaning welfare queens. Some of that attitude continues.

Of course, Democrats talk more about race and racism because we are much more wiling to admit that it's a factor in how people live in the world, and the opportunities people are given (or not), despite their character. The MLK line is great, and I think we are getting there, but we're not there yet. Part of the genius of an Obama presidency - or a Palin one, for that matter though my mind and soul reel at the thought - would be the significance of how we are, finally, starting to live up to the founders' promise that we're all created equal. We'll see.

In any case, I will not advocate voting based on race or gender. But I don't discount it my decisions, either.

Edit: Re: above line that says "so we see that 1.21% (11 x 0.11) of the 2004 electorate was made up of African-Americans;", it should end "...African-Americans who voted for President Bush".

Thanks Julie for posting the info about the canvass today. By all reports, it went very well and the response was terrific. If we could do just 4 more canvasses with a similar turnout, we could knock (pun intended) out a huge chunk of western Ada County.

We canvass three to four times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays). We also have phone banks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Also, we're getting ready to begin putting out yard signs for David and Paul. This is a big County and we'll need a lot of help getting them out.

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail mariehattaway@hotmail.com to find out how you can volunteer for the next 58 days.


On September 17th, David and Paul will be canvassing with the members from the Boise Firefighters in District 18.

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