I'm fired up, you're fired up, now how about winning?

Last night was the speech that I have been waiting for Barack Obama to make since he entered the race. As a supporter of John Edwards I often took Obama to task for clinging to the middle ground, for being too wishy-washy to stand up to the Republicans. It wasn't that I didn't believe in change or in the middle ground, it was that I wasn't sure he would stand up for the true middle, but would instead allow himself to be pulled to the right. Last night ended those worries.

I have never thought that I would vote for John McCain in this election. Never. I won't vote for a Republican any time soon, perhaps ever again, thanks for George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Jack Abramhoff, Dick Cheney, Grover Norquist, James Dobson, and John McCain. However, I was not fired up and in that way I was probably like many of the Clinton delegates. In fact, almost all my passion for politics evaporated with the exit of John Edwards. I tried to get excited again, but my heart was just not in it. Even earlier this week I was dispassionate about the process. But, Democrats this week finally ignited my passion again and I have to believe that it converted all those supposed PUMAs once more into Democrats.

First, Bill Clinton said what Democrats believe more eloquently than any of us have been able.

People around the world are more impressed by the power of our example rather than the example of our power.
Last 30 seconds of clip.

Senator Clinton put to rest where she stood in this election, even if the 24 hour news cycle wished she hadn't.

John Kerry made clear that we learned the lessons of 2004, of Swiftboating, of Rove and McCain tactics. As one blogger put it, John Kerry's speech could be titled "John Kerry tears apart John McCain, from one flip-flopper to another."

Al Gore. We all know the story, but to see him speaking made us all realize just what we lost by not fighting. We didn't fight. I didn't fight, maybe you did! I didn't. I'm as responsible as anyone for what has happened over the last 8 years - not again.

It's not a guarantee, it's only, an opportunity. The question facing us is, simply put, will we seize this opportunity for a change.

Then, we had Barack Obama. Sigh. Honestly, my passion for this election started creeping up after I watched this video, which stirred passion in me now that I did not feel when it was first released.

Yes, we can. But, as Al says it is not a guarantee, it is only an opportunity. An opportunity for change. Would Barack Obama be up to the task? Would he be willing to rise up in his rhetoric and to stoop down to fight in the trenches?

I don't think that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans, I just think he doesn't know.

Yes, we can. And, we must. And, we will.

But, only if we work, and work, and work, and work, and work. The time is now, you must sign up, you must get active. You MUST, unless you want more of the same.

Get National, sign up on BarackObama.com.

Get Regional, sign up to Construct Victory.

Get Local, sign up for your County Party - THIS is where change starts. In your neighborhood, on your block.

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Next week, we put the pieces together.

Barack Obama, Constructing Victory, Orange County, and South Orange Coaches and Precinct Leaders. We will all come together and lay out the street-by-street GOTV effort that will help turn Orange County for Barack Obama, which will help win North Carolina for Barack Obama, which will help win the United States for Barack Obama.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I just made a couple orders.

I just made a couple orders. First, I ordered four of the Obama/Biden bumper magnets for our car and the cars of my in-laws here in North Carolina, from the DNC. They are the only Obama/Biden magnets that I could find associated with an organization and not just some person on Cafe Press. Second, I ordered five of MoveOn.orgs' Obama/Biden bumper stickers to handout to my precinct captains. I also got my son an Obama dog tag for his backpack, he really wanted something of Obama for himself.

Finally, I got my Obama/Biden yard sign. There are a few people from the neighborhood on here, you know I love me some yard signs!

I don't think that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans, I just think he doesn't know.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Time to get our ground game on!

I'm glad there is an Obama HQ near me. Makes it easy.

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McCain/Palin?

That would have many people fired up and ready to go. Biden drinks her milkshake.

She's still in Alaska, it will be Ridge.

I don't think that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans, I just think he doesn't know.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

It's Palin.

I'll bet my first born.

from abc news

McCain VP Contender Palin in Alaska,

August 29, 2008 8:54 AM

ABC News' Kate McCarthy Reports: As vice presidential speculation swirls, Gov. Sarah Palin is watching the fireworks from her home in Wasilla, Alaska.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is in Dayton, Ohio, awaiting a high noon event at which the campaign has said the Republican contender will announce his running mate.

All eyes are on a short list of contenders including Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Govs. Mitt Romney and Tom Ridge, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Palin.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

McCain picks female Dan Quayle...

instantly taking the "experience" meme off the table. This is a huge curveball.

I'm FIRED UP and READY TO GO.

Let's do this.

You were right.

He's hoping to get the female vote. Biden also won't have someone like Romney to slam, will have to go easy on Palin.

I don't think that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans, I just think he doesn't know.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Why on earth will he have to go easy on her?

Because she's a girl?

Give me a break. That's what McSame is counting on. But if we want equal pay for equal work - if we truly want to break the glass ceiling, then women must be able to be treated equally as well. Biden needs to be himself in the debates and throughout the campaign.

Palin is an unvetted unknown who most people have never heard of. Obama was when he first came on the scene, but he's been vetted by the press and the public over the last 2 years. Palin? Who is she? What does she stand for?

She's a cypher. A place-holder for vice-president.

Cafferty viewer said it best...

He read a message form a viewer named Christine a few minutes ago:

"I am a true-blue Hillary supporter, but I am sure Hillary did not mean to put 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling so that a pro-life, pro-gun, home-schooling nobody from the frozen tundra of Alaska could slide in. Go Obama."

Right on, Christine.

This choice confirms it...

the Republican party is dead. And if there is still any pulse left, this hurricane heading right at NOLA during their convention on the anniversary of Katrina, well...

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

Progressives are the true conservatives.

I hope you're right

The VP pick sure looks desperate. Such high risks for...what pay off?

But, the thing is, people don't vote for VP. Palin isn't going to provide any big boost to the McCain ticket.

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