I first got exposed to "campaigns" in 1996, when working for the Sierra Club, heading up an effort to drum up negative press on then-Congressman Jim Bunn's awful environmental record. With about 3 weeks to go in the election, the Club decided to "donate" me for the remainder of the campaign to work directly for Darlene Hooley's campaign getting out the vote.
My first night at the campaign, the campaign manager, Robert Richman, spoke to about 7 or 8 of us on staff. (I believe Kari Chisholm may have been among us, as that's when I first met him on the Hooley campaign). The gist of what Robert said is that somewhere, sometime, a US Congressional race is going to be decided by 1 vote. And we should work for the final 3 weeks to make sure we wouldn't wake up after the election beating our head against a wall because we were on the losing end of that 1-vote loss.
Now, part of me then (and now) wants to say: "that's insane." It's certainly a recipe for many sleepless nights, not to mention an ulcer.
But, sitting around 53 hours from when the final votes can be submitted on two incredibly important ballot measures, I hear Robert's words and I rededicate myself to spending the next two days getting out every last possible Yes on 49 vote. If we lose by 1 vote and I haven't given $$ and spent time until it hurts . . .
Whether it's 49 or 50 that drives your passion, hopefully we can all get off the blogs and find a few more hours on the phones or doors driving up voter turnout among target audiences.