I see, said the blind man. Super Tuesday was supposed to clear up the primary season but, in many ways, just new scenarios appeared for both parties. The HRC train appears to be on track again, but with many larger primary states in the next two weeks, nothing is certain especially since Bernie is raking in large donations. Nevertheless, she leaves Tuesday’s contest with a large lead in delegates (1052 to 457).
The local campaign held a Watch Party that Tuesday night at a restaurant. Approximately 100 supporters attended and watched a large screen TV as the CNN results and projected winners rolled in. State Democratic leaders smoozed and gave speeches after HRC was declared the projected winner. Plenty of local press attended this function; the Republican Party closed their watching party to the press (no reason was given). I enjoyed speaking with a couple state legislators as they described the state’s current political atmosphere. After one legislator learned what county I resided, he encouraged me to run against my state representative because of her poor legislative skills and suspected affairs. I am tempted, not to be a politician, but to have more responsible elected officials in Tennessee. I may be fooling myself. Do we elect corrupt people, or does our political system tend to corrupt people? Or both?
HRC won big in Tennessee winning 66% to 32%, bigger than she did in 2008 when she won 53%; however, the turnout was half of the 2008 turnout. Did Tennesseans think she was a sure thing and stay home? Did the rain keep voters away? Was the election lacking the charismatic Obama? Or, was it a combination thereof? Regardless, the results left many pundits plenty of material for Wednesday morning quarterbacking. As for my counties, her percentage of win decreased in almost all compared to her 2008 results. That doesn’t exactly boost my confidence as a field organizer.
Leading up to the big day included many events. Tony Goldwyn, actor in the series “Scandal” and the villain in the movie “Ghost”, visited Nashville as a HRC surrogate. I found it odd that someone that plays a corrupt President was chosen to be a spokesperson for her campaign. But, he did a great job pumping up the crowd at an event at campaign HQs on Saturday night and then the next day as a warm up for Hillary. We were notified two days before her visit, so the subsequent planning took some energy away from our canvassing and the phone banks. However, I was able to work the event and got an inside view.
My job was to usher the press into the event. Our press secretary knew all media that had RSVP’d for the event, and they were checked in through a different door than the general public. After going through the magnetometer, I escorted them through a back staircase to the press well. First, arrived the local press and then a bevy of the national press that travels with her arrived just prior to her speech. For me, this hearkened back memories of law enforcement days as I quickly started conversing in shop talk with the Secret Service agents. My last task was when she engaged in the rope line to shake hands and pose for selfies. The press are instructed not to have any live mics in the rope line, because sometimes embarrassing situations occur with the participants. Of course, I had to shoo away a couple who wanted to test the security. It was a long, good day, but I had to be on my feet for six hours.
So, what next? With other primaries looming, I contacted HRC National HQS to submit my new bio that included my recent organizing field work. So far, no response. I may volunteer more in North Carolina or Missouri (both are March 15) if I receive any response from their campaigns. I am still ready to campaign until November, but first my County Delegate Convention is this Saturday, and I’m running for delegate to the Congressional District. Stay tuned…