by desmoinesdem, Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 10:58:11 AM EST
This is a quick reminder that the runoff election for U.S. Senate in Georgia will be on December 2, and there are many ways you can help Democrat Jim Martin beat Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss.
Depending on how the recount in Minnesota turns out, which won't be resolved for a few weeks, Martin could be the key to getting Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
1. Go donate to Martin's campaign. It will only take a minute of your time.
2. Help google-bomb Saxby Chambliss. This is easy, and Chris Bowers explains why it is helpful:
Have you started linking to Saxby Chambliss yet? The more people who do, the higher it will appear in search engine rankings. If we can push it into the first ten results for Saxby Chambliss in Georgia, then it will result in a lot of excellent voter contacts. Everyone who encounters the site will be a voter looking for more information on Saxby Chambliss, and we can show them this great website made by an enterprising activist.
Log on to the various blogs where you comment, and click on your user page. Then click "profile" (or at MyDD, "display"). There should be an area where you can write text that will be your "signature," attached to all comments you make.
You want to embed a link to the Saxby Chambliss website. Here is what I did:
See if Saxby Chambliss is helping you.
If you don't know how to embed a link, write this all on one line with no spaces between:
3. Kick in a few more bucks to Martin's campaign.
4. If you live in Georgia or close enough to travel there, sign up to volunteer for Martin's campaign during the next few weeks. You were planning to take some time off for Thanksgiving anyway, right? Set aside extra time to volunteer.
Remember that there are many ways to volunteer besides knocking on strangers' doors and calling strangers on the phone. You can help sort literature for the canvassers. You can help stuff envelopes. You can bring a home-made meal to the campaign office for the staff and other volunteers. I heard of one woman in Iowa who used to do laundry for field organizers renting apartments without washing machines. Every hour that staffer doesn't have to spend in a laundromat is an hour he or she can be getting out the vote for Jim Martin.
5. Ask some friends or relatives to make a campaign contribution. Explain to them that this race will affect the Republicans' ability to obstruct the change we need.
Please feel free to suggest other ways activists can help Martin bring this race home.UPDATE: From the comments, Georgeo57 reminds us that
people can make GOTV calls from other states into Georgia. President-Elect Obama can release his list of most active phone bankers and volunteers to the Martiin campaign, and Martin can feature a GOTV phonebank list on his site. Everyone is still revved up from November 4th, and we could easily flood Georgia with calls from many other states. We can only do this if Obama and Martin facilitate the calls through the Martin site, or if organizations like MyDD, DailyKos, or MoveOn step up to the plate to recruit callers and provide on-line voter lists.ATL Dem offers another great idea:
Upthread comments are right about doing GOTV, and I'll be making calls. In the meantime, I'm also running this Google ad to assist in desmoinesdem's project No. 2: Hi from Saxby Chambliss Read about my work in D.C. Too bad it's not for you! saxby-chambliss.com It's getting monster response -- over 15 percent of people searching for "Saxby Chambliss" are clicking it. The bad thing about that is that my $10 a day budget gets used up pretty fast, so if you're of a mind to, go to Google and click on "Advertising Programs" and set up another ad.