As they say, my work here is done.
My blogging began as a campaign blog in the 2004 Oregon Democratic primary (the centennial of the first primary election in the USA in Oregon) against cronyism, cheating, lying, well, the usual. And campaign finances: My opponent received over 92% of his cash from out of district, and over 75% from out of state. The blog began because the Oregon media was completely uninterested in those hard numbers, but voters were shocked by them.
That campaign ended, but it evolved by fall into “Lane County for Kerry” which was a completely grass-roots effort, outside the party and campaign, that enlisted literally thousands of volunteers, gave away free buttons and bumper stickers (which you can see on mud-spattered bumpers here in Lane County to this very day) and we legally ran entirely as a group of like minded citizens.
We lost that presidential election, but LC4K more than tripled the Democratic majority of county votes from 2000. Bush yanked his campaign out of Oregon three weeks before the election.
The blog continued after that through all sorts of interesting twists and turns, from “outing” Howie Rich and his initiative schemes in dozens of states in 2006 (losing 16 of 17 ballot measures they’d bought their way onto ballots) all the way up to being slimed on Faux Nooz™ by such protean intellects as Sean “Manatee” Hannity, and Ted “Dr. Clueless” Nugent.
So, to cut to the chase, the goals for which I started blogging in the first place have been, in large portion achieved.
Now, I have to attend to my PERSONAL situation: the long personal campaign that has been on hold while we re-took our government from a gang of thieves, liars, thugs and, alas, cold-blooded killers.
(One of them, a fellow who can shoot you in the face with a shotgun, and then have YOU apologize to HIM.)
It has become apparent that what I have to do now requires my full engagement, including the fact-checking chunk of my subconscious that suddenly reminds me in the shower that I forgot to link to THAT supporting evidence, or didn’t check the spelling and definition of THAT word. Writing is a peculiar, organic process, unique to each writer, and one works with what one’s got.
So, total immersion requires that I stop blogging for … well, awhile at least.
Thank you so much, Pamela Leavey, for the opportunity to blog here at the Democratic Daily. And thanks to you who’ve read me and commented. Darryl, Diz, et al. And for those of you who’ve read.
Normally (and elsewhere) I’d leave a silver bullet and take my leave.
But I’m fresh out of silver bullets (sold them to buy hay for Silver, appropriately enough).
So, I leave you with my profound gratitude and this stylish lagniappe from Diane von Fürstenberg. It doesn’t really go with my wardrobe ensemble.
Let the Golden Age begin, at last.