May 08, 2008

Crushing Dreams : I'm totally going to be a nominee to national!

So you went to your precinct convention, got a spot at county and from there managed to finagle a delegate seat at state. Congratulations. You're like the other 500+ of us in SD14. Welcome. Here are a few tips

1) Most of the people there (even some of the volunteers) will be delegates. Seriously, you're nothing special, so drop the 'tude.

2) Don't act like you know everything. If you have a question, just ask. Please don't bullshit your way through it.

And finally...

3) Don't be crushed when your dream of going to Denver dies in the caucus. Oh, and yeah... that IS what's going to happen.

Over the last few weeks I've rec'd emails and snail mail from people I don't know and have never seen at anything who are DEDICATED to running for national delegate. And by God, they think THEY and they alone deserve the slot. Even though prior to the primary this year, no one even knew they existed.

Yeah... if this is your first real involvement no one is going to vote for you. There's a bunch of other people who been active and involved for 10, 20, 30 or, in some cases, 40 years. While we're thrilled you're helping out now, you're kind of Johnny (or Jane) Come Lately. And we're not sending you to national.

Let me let you all in on a secret... The delegate slots will be decided before we walk into the caucus. Don't get mad... it's a meritocracy and you just haven't done as much as others. Don't get depressed and don't get angry. This is just the way it works. Stay active, stay involved and don't be petty. We need you because, frankly, some of us are getting pretty burned out.

We know this message won't dissuade you from running. But, if we could ask a favor, don't give a speech. It's just holding us up from getting to the bar Friday night and the booze I'll have with me isn't going to last us all evening.

Posted by mcblogger at May 8, 2008 09:18 AM

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On the other hand, if you want to spring for a hospitality suite, go right ahead! You're still not going to National, but we'll think better of you for getting us drunk.

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2008 10:50 AM

Oh, I hadn't thought of that...

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2008 11:27 AM

Dream Slayer!

I'm staying focused on the prize. National all the way! OMG!

*spirit fingers*

Posted by: crystalLFT [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2008 02:00 PM

Someone had to say it!

Maybe some of these newbies will give up now and not go.

Posted by: johncoby [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2008 03:19 PM

Crystal... I want to see you doing spirit fingers. No, really. I WANT TO SEE THAT!

Coby... they won't give up until the bitter end... I just hope my flask can handle it.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2008 09:03 PM

Sunday.. spirit fingers and jazz hands, promise.

And I am so totally sitting next to you in the caucus... two flasks is better than one. Plus, I can hide things in my purse.

Posted by: crystalLFT [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2008 11:20 AM

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