Obama Retrieved My Vote. Palin Reopened My Wallet.

Two months ago I was so embittered by Obama's lack of support for our constitutional rights that I withdrew my $450 donation to his campaign, removed myself from all of the campaign mailing lists, and vowed to myself that I was not going to vote this November.

Last week the DNC, and in particular Obama's speech, touched me so greatly that my vote for him was restored.

On Tuesday, Joe Lieberman touched me so greatly that I decided to start calling every state I can on every weekend from now until the election passes.

On Wednesday, Sarah Palin reopened my wallet and restored my full-throated support to Obama.

I listened as Sarah Palin, without establishing who she is and what she stands for, insulted community organizing as a trivial activity. Rather than say what she was for, she let us know that she was against anything Obama.

Instead of going after the specifics of Obama's proposals, Palin attacked Obama's patriotism. Instead of answering the critics charges of graft and corruption in Alaska during her watch as Mayor of Wasilla and Governor, she attacked the media's right to do its job. Instead of trying to win over the vast swath of independents and women who have already been put off by the scandals and the lack of vetting by the McCain campaign, she appealed directly to the base in a speech that can be best described to these ears as bitter, partisan, angry, and unbelievably sarcastic.

That speech right there is why I can no longer sit, half-in and half-out, on the sidelines of this election. We as a nation cannot afford another 4-8 years, and with Palin potentially another 12-16 years, of this kind of divisive, petty, us-against-them politics.

I am still quite upset with Obama over FISA as well as with those supporters who were so willing to go republican-lite in their drive to prop up anything he does as gospel, inviolate to criticism.

But I can put that aside just enough to work for him and donate to his campaign, full bore, while offering that criticism and continued dissent. I will never stop believing that politicians should be held accountable, no matter what their political affiliation. But what I saw last night reminded me in full why the McCain-Palin ticket must be defeated come November 4th.

It's not just a defeat for them politically or the republican party. It's a defeat of the smallness of politics that George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the republicans have driven us to over the past 8 years. It is a defeat of a politics that would rather see this country continue forward divided, not for the sake of the country, but for the sake of power.

Last week, Obama said that John McCain loves this country and wants to do the best thing for it even if they disagree on how to do it. After last night's speech, I cannot believe that they have any desire to truly help this country in anything but to encourage the growth of our deepest divisions, hatreds, suspicions, and wedges.

That cannot happen. And I'll be damned if I let that happen while having the power to make even a small dent.

So today, I not only returned the $450 I retrieved from the Obama campaign, I added another $200 on top of that. In another few weeks I will make another donation of $350 to bring my campaign contributions to $1,000 for the cycle.

I have created a fundraising page with a goal of $5,000 that I will be spreading to friends and family. I ask that you help me reach that goal.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/outreach/ view/main/mgpfundraising

Cross posted at Daily Kos and TPM

**UPDATE**

Thank you for all of your donations! Currently we're at $955.01 in donations. We're getting there! :)

Tags: 2008, Barack Obama, Fundraising, George Bush, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Karl Rove, presidential election, Sarah Palin (all tags)

Comments

20 Comments

Re: Obama Retrieved My Vote. Palin Reopened My Wal

Very nice diary Yalin...rec'd....and let's kick some ass!!

by hootie4170 2008-09-04 09:20PM | 0 recs
Damn Straight!!!

Hell YES!

After hearing Palin, not only am I going to max out, but my 18 Year old daughter is going to max out!

Every penny I can possible spare, to keep that crazy woman out of my whitehouse!

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-04 09:22PM | 0 recs
doh. this actually sounds legal...

gifting money to college-age volunteers for Obama, and getting them to contribute for free (err... there would be tax consequences, so give them something for their trouble).

by BlogSurrogate57 2008-09-05 05:32AM | 0 recs
Re: doh. this actually sounds legal...

Hey, my kid digs Obama.

He's Da Bomb!

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-05 12:19PM | 0 recs
Bravo

by Al Rodgers 2008-09-04 10:00PM | 0 recs
Thanks you.

As someone who was also completely disappointed with the FISA move, it's glad to have you back in the fold.  While Obama is less than perfect on many issues, he and Biden are infinitely better than a third Bush term in McCain/Palin.  Great diary.

by thatpurplestuff 2008-09-04 10:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks you.

indeed.

In fact I think it is important to realize the only perfect candidate in any-one's eyes are only themselves. We have to decide, on an individual level, when a candidate cross a line of no return.

FISA was a blow of sorts, I am not 100% kosher with the nuclear power, or a small handful of other things Obama advocates. But that is ok. At least for me. As mentioned he is infinitely better than Old Man and whacko governor, and when we make decisions about other people we have to do so with the understanding that we make the best choice we can, and none of them are going to be exactly what we want, it's impossible.

(Jesus was a community organizer, Pilate was a governor- stolen from kos)

by notedgeways 2008-09-05 08:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Good work!

Actually, I am glad that Barack Obama made his FISA move the way he did. If he didn't at this point you'd see countless ads talking about how Barack has made us more vulnerable to terrorism; and all these low-info voters would be turned off Barack (including probably the rest of my family).
I've got to say though, this bad convention, especially Pailin's and McCain's speech finally made my DAD crossover and is now going for Obama. He was scared Obama would take away his rights to hunt quail and deer.... thank god I say Obama mentioned about the differences of guns in cities and the country...

see my diary here:
http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/9/5/272/7 8766
so that you will know where I come from when I comment...

recc'd your diary back

by Dickie Simpkins 2008-09-04 10:48PM | 0 recs
I've been working on the whole idea...

Just how we can make sure that guns don't go bang in the cities, while keeping viable selfdefense in the country.

I think the first thing is to require a license (and test) just like we do for cars. Put a little in the way of the crazies, and it's only a burden once.

by BlogSurrogate57 2008-09-05 05:34AM | 0 recs
Re: I've been working on the whole idea...

Where I live most everyone hunts and they are all required to take gun safety courses and must get a license to hunt and fish.  I know that this is an issue that will hurt Democrats if we do not understand that most gun owners are responsible people.

by Hollede 2008-09-05 08:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Retrieved My Vote. Palin Reopened

Glad to have you back.  True, Obama will make mistakes and fall on the wrong side of certain issues.  To find a politician who doesn't, that would be amazing.  We will hold him accountable...after he is elected and this bitter, petty, and divisive ticket of McCain and Palin is defeated.  Once we got some respectability back in the White House, someone who doesn't mock science and tolerance, someone who doesn't approach foreign affairs from a cowboy mentality, someone who thinks politics should be about service rather than getting your buddies rich...then we can hold his feet to the fire.  We simply cannot afford to let McCain win, and what he represents (the Karl Rove view of America) win.

by Skaje 2008-09-05 01:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Retrieved My Vote. Palin Reopened My Wal

I contributed to Obama's campaign before Sarah Palin had a chance to leave the stage last night.

by zenful6219 2008-09-05 03:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Retrieved My Vote. Palin Reopened My Wal

Got 7 speeding tickets yesterday driving to the local Obama office to volunteer.

Visions of "A Face In The Crowd" dancing through my head.  The banality of evil is alive and well.  To hear it on talk radio and Fixed NotNews is one thing, but to see it celebrated at a national convention is truly horrifying.

An orgy of hate that would make Cthulu weep with pride.  A total hategasm.

"the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth....Then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom"

just add Andrea Mitchell drowning in ballons.

by mydailydrunk 2008-09-05 04:19AM | 0 recs
At least Cthulhu is honest about it

I mean, Great Cthulhu never claims to be about anything more than madness and devouring the world.

http://www.fredvanlente.com/downloads/Wh yWeHere.pdf

In strange aeons, even death may die.

by Dracomicron 2008-09-05 06:02AM | 0 recs
Re: At least Cthulhu is honest about it

You got me there.

by mydailydrunk 2008-09-05 06:22AM | 0 recs
Re: At least Cthulhu is honest about it

Ahhh - who knew that my recent first-time reading of H.P. Lovecraft would prepare me for the RNC.  It actually makes sense in retrospect.

by tneeld 2008-09-05 10:23AM | 0 recs
Welcome back

There's far too much at stake to let them steal another one.  Welcome back.

by Dracomicron 2008-09-05 06:03AM | 0 recs
Rec'd

I was inspired to donate again last night, even though we can't really afford it.

by fogiv 2008-09-05 06:44AM | 0 recs
FISA turned me off, 2, FWIW

But Palin brought me back fully with Obama.  nuff said.  I still want Obama to restore his commitment to protect the Constitution, but it doesn't put me off from donating and campaigning.  Thanks for writing, I enjoyed it, and glad to know a fellow soul.  :)

by bzzz 2008-09-05 06:43PM | 0 recs
got a phone call on Friday

from a woman who used to live in my neighborhood. She votes in November but doesn't normally do anything else politically. Despite several personal contacts from me, she didn't show up for the 2004 caucuses.

She caucused for the first time ever in January--for Hillary.

She called me to ask who she should contact to volunteer for the Obama campaign.

The combination of Rudy and Palin not only repelled her, but pushed her to get involved beyond voting in the general.

by desmoinesdem 2008-09-05 07:12PM | 0 recs

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