Our national nightmare week is over. Sitting through the Republican speeches has been painful, infuriating, and considering some of the bold-faced lies, completely outrageous.
We cannot, however, wallow in anger right now. We’re about 60 days out, folks, we need to win this thing. We need to work for Obama (or the Democrat of your choice), talk to our neighbors, family and friends, and pound the pavement. We need to energize our communities, ensure that they are registered and that they are going to vote. The conventions are over – besides the debates, there are few fundamental events that could shift this election.
Now, it just comes down to hard work.
Two more key things we need to do are 1) raise money and 2) dispel the outright lies that were spewed at the Republican Convention.
Here are just a few of the lies…(h/t to Jaelithe at MOMocrats for her research)
Mike Huckabee, 2008 Republican National Convention: "And speaking of Governor Palin, I am so tired of hearing about her lack of experience. I want to tell you folks something. She got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."
Actual Number of Votes Received by Joe Biden During the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary: 79,754
Actual Number of Votes Received by Sarah Palin During the 1999 Wasilla, Alaska Mayoral Election: 909
Rudy Giuliani, 2008 Republican National Convention: "She’s got an 80 percent approval rating. You never get that in New York City, wow."
Actual Approval Rating for Sarah Palin as Governor according to July 30th Rasmussen Poll: 64%
Sarah Palin, 2008 Republican National Convention: "But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate."
Number of Bills Barack Obama Sponsored or Co-Sponsored While in the Illinois State Senate: 823
So, I’m thinking that part of what I will do is this….for every outright lie that BlueOregon readers disprove from the Republican Convention in the comments section (with a citation from a reputable source and actual facts) I will give $10 to the Obama campaign, up to $600 (The money was raised from a collection of family and friends, so a big thank you to them!)