And don't remember to vote, but then decide it's a waste of time, or you don't feel strongly enough about either one to make a choice, or you're disgusted about some of the tactics, or whatever other reason that might keep you home. You need to vote today because your voice needs to be heard.
As Progressives in North Carolina, we have far too many examples and indicators that we are in a distinct minority. But even with that seemingly insurmountable barrier, many of our ideas have found wider acceptance and have been implemented. Partially because they're good ideas, but also because of the energy with which they're presented. And taking an active role in the political process, which includes voting, helps sustain that energy that is so critical.
And we're going to need some serious energy in the months to come, folks. The fundraising deficit between Richard Burr and the candidate we choose today is staggering. Not only will a monumental (mostly volunteer) GOTV effort be required to counter some of those dollars, we also need to do everything in our power to introduce the real Richard Burr to the people he's supposed to represent.
We did this two years ago with Liddy Dole, and we can do it again. For those who write that victory off to Obama's coattails, keep in mind that Kay won by a considerably larger margin than the President did. Many of those were "disaffection" votes; people who realized that Dole had her own agenda that only rarely meshed with the needs of North Carolinians, and Burr's record is not much different.
We're going to continue to scrutinize Burr's behavior and his paymasters, but we need your help. If you read where he says something stupid, which pretty much happens every time he opens his mouth, write about it. If you notice a contradiction between what he's actually done and what his campaign propaganda claims he's done, write about it. Don't assume that someone else will cover it; this guy's a frickin' ghost, okay? He's been flying under the radar since shortly after Ace of Base Saw The Sign. He's got to be one of the most underreported Congressmen in history.
But first, go out and vote today. Get charged up.