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  • Things you can do to help Bush get reelected

       May 23, 2004

    One vote can make a difference. As James Hat posted earlier, if just one more person in each ward in Wisconsin had voted for Bush, he would have carried Wisconsin in 2004.

    I'm going out on a limb and saying that if you read a blog called "", chances are that you vote and that you will vote for Bush. He's got your vote, so the focus needs to be on getting more votes. I'd like to propose that each Bush voter gets 5 more people to vote along with them for Bush. This should be easy. You don't need to convert hardcore Democrats, you just need to get nonvoters to the polls and voting for our candidate. In the 2000 election, only 67.5 percent of registered voters voted in the Presidential election. Go after that 32.5 percent.

    If you don't think you can get 5 voters, keep in mind that Atkins rules apply here, so if you can supress the vote of someone sure to vote for Kerry, you only need to get 4 more votes for Bush.

    Keep in mind that you're going after traditional nonvoters. You may not always be able to appeal to them based strictly on the issues. You either have to fire them up, or frame a vote for Bush as a personal favor to you.

    Enough with the justifications, here are some suggestions on how to get your 5 (or supress some of theirs):

    1. Don't wait until November 2nd. Your friends might be too lazy to stand in line on Election Day, so download registration forms and print out absentee ballot requests in late September for them. They do actually have to fill them out and send them in, but it still may be easier than getting them to the polls.

    2. If you're not seeing anyone, consider dating a Democrat. Then, either get them to change their ways for you or keep them from the polls on the 2nd with an all day festival of lovin'.

    3. Hold an Election Day happy hour. Take the opportunity to pester your right-leaning coworkers about voting. If they haven't voted, they'll still have a couple of hours. Don't think it's wrong to say, "I'll buy you this beer if you go vote as soon as you're done with it" or "If you go vote right now I'll buy you a drink and some appies". Election Day is not a time to be stingy. If your friends lean left, don't mention Election Day at all, if they haven't already voted, maybe they'll forget until it's too late.

    4. Don't be afraid to show your support. Major media are frankly anti-Bush. Hollywood celebrities are loudly anti-Bush. You need to be out for Bush (yes, I get the pun). Get a bumper sticker, write letters to the editor, talk about it. Voting Republican isn't something you should be ashamed of. Right now, popular media has the default notion that everyone hates Bush. That's just not the case. If you make your support known, you may inspire others to confess their support as well.

    5. Brush up on your history. The trendy new media angle is to compare Iraq to Lebanon. Their "point" is that occupation of an Arab nation failed in Lebanon, so therefore we're doomed to failure in Iraq. This is the only example of occupations used. The media don't talk about our post-war occupatons of Japan or Germany simply because they were successful. When people piss & moan about Iraq, point this out.

    6. Don't forget 9/11. Never forget it. That's why we are at war. We were attacked. Don't get caught up in blaming Bush or Clinton or anyone else. Islamofascists are at fault plain & simple. Remember that. It's okay to be pissed off and to hate the Islamofascists. Ask people this: who do they think the terrorists want to win the election? If that doesn't get them to the polls, nothing will.

    Posted by at May 23, 2004 10:52 AM

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