How I Was a Part of Making History

Wow... Just wow. After all these months of waiting, Super Duper Tuesday finally came upon us. And like many of you, I actually had a chance to vote in it as I'm a registered California Democrat. But you know what's even more amazing? I got to personally take part in the campaign.

I watched with my own eyes as people poured into campaign event. I listened with my own ears as my fellow California Democrats were telling me how they intended to vote.  And most importantly, I worked my own behind off to make history happen.

Follow me after the flip for more...

After coming home from Nevada, I didn't want to rest on my laurels and assume that the next couple of weeks would be an easy hill to climb for Hillary Clinton. No, I could sense what was coming. I knew we'd still have a whole lot of work to do. That's why I was so excited to see my fabulous Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) and State Assembly Member Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) not only endorse Hillary, but reach out to the community and get people from all over Orange County (where I live in California) involved with the campaign!


And you know what was also amazing? It wasn't just Loretta that took our votes so seriously here in Orange County! In fact in the days between Nevada voting and California voting, the campaign had two offices open just in our county. And during these hectic days, we always had wonderful volunteers [like me! ;-) ] come in and help us contact other voters.

Take a look at what happened when Former DNC Chair and Current Campaign Co-chair Terry McAuliffe dropped by our campaign office last week. Even as he was coming in, we were still busy making those calls! Whatever you want to say about Hillary's campaign, you can't say we don't have a good work ethic!


Oh yes, and you also can't say that we're not thinking about tomorrow! In fact, I love how Hillary's always thinking about tomorrow and telling us what her vision for the future really looks like. And yes, I love how President Bill Clinton can also articulate quite well Hillary's vision for the future!

On Monday, President Clinton spoke to a packed house at Santa Ana College (a local community college) about Hillary's plan to make our future brighter. And judging from what the audience said afterward, I think they liked what he said.

"She doesn't want to go back to the `90s,'' Clinton said, addressing a central theme of the Barack Obama campaign that she is a candidate of the past and that he offers a change agenda. She wants "to go forward to the future."

Besides, he said, given what's happened this decade, "the `90s look pretty good.'' [...]

"If we're going to preserve the middle class, we need to stop making excuses and provide affordable health care for everybody'' Clinton said. He said for people who care about that issue the choice is between someone who will do that and someone "who thinks it's not that important.'' [...]

Nadia Daboussi, 22, was the first person in line, having arrived at Santa Ana College at 1:30 Monday morning.

After receiving an e-mail from the Clinton campaign, she drove through the rain from San Diego to Orange County and set up a folding chair outside the gymnasium. [...]

"I knew I couldn't wake up early in the morning, so I just decided to drive down here," the University of California San Diego student said. "You only get so many chances to meet your hero." [...]

Julia Jun, 26, and Adriana Ruvalcaba, 27, left the rally with their support for Hillary Rodham Clinton "reinforced," as Jun put it: "There's no way we would vote for anyone else."

Both are graduate students in American studies at Cal State Fullerton.

"I think he (Bill Clinton) explained pretty well that she's the candidate with the most experience, which is a key element," Ruvalcaba said. "Her promises of change will actually manifest."

I'm still thrilled that I actually had a chance to volunteer there on Monday, and that I was able to help these people come in and see Bill Clinton for themselves. And yes, I'm still thrilled that I actually was able to go inside and see him myself as well. No matter what his detractors say, I think Bill Clinton was a fantastic President. And you know what? So do a whole lot of people here in Southern California!

And you know what else? As great as this nation did during the 1990s, I'm sure we can not only return to greatness... But do even greater things! We can ensure that everyone has quality, affordable health care. We can solve the climate crisis and make this nation energy independent. We can make sure our economy is working for everyone, not just a privileged few. We can cooperate with the rest of the world again instead of trying (and failing) to conquer it.


That's why I was working my tail off for Hillary for these last few weeks here in California. That's why I volunteered at events, and why I contributed what I could, and why I made phone calls from home and from the campaign office. I truly am inspired by Hillary's vision of real change to help real people, and that's why I worked my hardest here in California.

And guess what? We won! After all the hours of hard work we put into the campaign, we did it!


So yes, we won California. We won Super Duper Tuesday. But you know what? We still have a lot of work to do!

We still have more voters to contact, and we still have more states to win. That's why we need our grassroots supporters to get out, get active and make a difference. Make calls from home. Find a nearby event to attend, or perhaps start one in your area. Contribute what you can. You know, you can also be a part of making history... All it takes is a little bit of action. :-)

Tags: Bill Clinton, California, Election 2008, february 5, Hillary Clinton, Jose Solorio, Loretta Sanchez, presidential election, progressive values, Super Duper Tuesday, Terry McAuliffe (all tags)



Tips? Flames? Suggestions?

Be my guest! :-)

by atdleft 2008-02-06 10:15AM | 0 recs
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You are a ROCK STAR!
Thank you!  A thousand times, thank you!
by Radiowalla 2008-02-06 06:07PM | 0 recs
Awesome work atdleft

It's people like you that are winning this for Hillary.

by NewHampster 2008-02-06 10:17AM | 0 recs
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Thanks so much, Andrew.  I'm proud of you.

by masslib1 2008-02-06 10:21AM | 0 recs
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Wow!  You take my breath away with your enthusiasm and passion.  Thank you for all you're doing to make our country a better one.  That's what this election is about---The choice to make America everything it can and SHOULD be as a nation.  With Hillary at the helm, working hard and inspiring us to work along with her, our country will get back on the track to greatness again.  

by izarradar 2008-02-06 10:21AM | 0 recs
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by sepulvedaj3 2008-02-06 10:24AM | 0 recs
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Thanks for all your hard work for the campaign and the great diaries.

She did really well in O.C. I'm impressed.

by LakersFan 2008-02-06 10:24AM | 0 recs
Thanks to all our hard work...

And all our determination, we did it! Now we just need to keep up the passion, keep up the energy, and keep up the hard working in the next states to vote... And I know we can wrap this up soon and help Hill win! :-)

by atdleft 2008-02-06 10:33AM | 0 recs
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now THAT is how the West was won. great work, adleft! thanks to you and the other volunteers, hillary is now 3 for 3 in megastates!

by campskunk 2008-02-06 10:26AM | 0 recs
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Great work atdleft! I like your contributions.

As for me, on the other hand, I did more 'dirty work' here on the east:
(1) I joined a phone bank for hours,
(2) I left 'reminder to vote' fliers for 500 people pro-Hillary neighbors,
(3) I left over 250 Hillary fliers on parked cars,
(4) I left 30+ Hillary signs scattered on the sides of 3 major roadways in NJ,
(5) I posted Hillary rally signs on bulletin boards of supermarkets (with owner permission), and
(6) I sent a letter to over 60 sorority houses in NJ asking the women who live there to consider voting for Hillary.  

That's it.  That's the most one woman could do before the NJ primary of supertuesday.  She won the state, so, that makes me happy.  

Let's all keep up the good work.  

by findthesource 2008-02-06 10:28AM | 0 recs
Now that's what I like to hear!

You're awesome, and I'm sure all of your hard work helped us win Jersey! No matter how much the corporate media was trying to spin this as a "big loss" for Hillary, we proved them wrong yesterday! Horray for people power! :-)

by atdleft 2008-02-06 10:31AM | 0 recs
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Andrew, you are the best!   So, when are you coming to Texas?  ;-)

by WMCB 2008-02-06 10:32AM | 0 recs
Got a plane ticket?

I'd love to be there! ;-)

Isn't the primary there on March 4? Let me see what I can move around with my schedule, and maybe I can do something.

by atdleft 2008-02-06 10:44AM | 0 recs
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Any suggestions on how I can make a difference in upcoming large states like Washington or Virginia?  

I am new to this, but I want to help.....

by findthesource 2008-02-06 10:48AM | 0 recs
Try this...

Check out what's up on the call center...

By now, they should have options up for Washington and "The Chesapeake States". Sign up here...

And you'll be able to make calls from home! :-)

by atdleft 2008-02-06 11:03AM | 0 recs
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Thank you!  I'll volunteer to call folks in Washington state - that would be a great win for her!!

by findthesource 2008-02-06 11:25AM | 0 recs
congratulations on doing some heavy lifting

for your candidate. She had a great result in your state.

by desmoinesdem 2008-02-06 11:12AM | 0 recs
Thanks, desmoinesdem...

And thanks for that great diary of yours today. No candidate is perfect, and I must admit that I appreciate constructive criticism... Just so long as it's constructive. ;-)

by atdleft 2008-02-06 11:27AM | 0 recs
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Now that's the spirit ! I hope the other campaign offices that still have their primaries/caucuses to come read your article and use it to as fuel in their engines!

This is a great example of the fact that hard work DOES pay off so those campaigning for our Hillary in states yet to vote: keep it up and your reward will come in the form of victory !

You have every reason to be proud (and to rest)...

by JoeySky18 2008-02-06 11:29AM | 0 recs
Thanks, Joey!

But really, I don't know if we have time to rest. We have 2 states and DC voting next week, and we have more primaries coming up in March. We still have A LOT of hard work to do, and I'm sure we're all ready to rise to the occasion and HELP HILL WIN! :-)

by atdleft 2008-02-06 11:43AM | 0 recs
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Yes, I agree.  I am heavily volunteering for both WA and VA.  She will need help in both states and they are delegate-rich......  

by findthesource 2008-02-06 12:30PM | 0 recs
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How did Hillary win Super Tuesday again?

by Socks The Cat 2008-02-06 07:09PM | 0 recs


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