T.S. Eliot said April is the cruelest month, but it looks like March might be more complicated for me. Tomorrow, I leave for the American Group Psychotherapy Association annual meeting in Washington, DC. I’ll be gone through Sunday. I’m busy making plans for trying to keep on top of everything that is piling up and leading towards a busy March.
First, there has been a steady stream of potential buyers visiting the old house back in Stamford. I am expecting an offer or two any day. It is a welcome relief. I had been thinking that the house would be sold off at an auction, but now that seems much less likely. So, while I’ll have to stay in touch for developments on that.
Then, there is work related stuff. I haven’t found the steady source of income I need, but consulting gigs are turning up more and more, and I may end up working on a few projects during my train ride to DC.
Added to the mix is the Avery Doninger case. It is now scheduled to be heard in the Second Circuit in New York City on March 4th. I’ve spoken with several people who talk about what an experience it is to attend the Second Circuit. So, I’ll go from blogging a Group Psychotherapy conference to blogging a trial at the Second Circuit. It should be very interesting.
To tie things all together, there is an exciting development with the house in Stamford that I can’t blog about yet. It adds one more level of complexity to the whole situation, but looks beneficial to everyone, and very cool as well.
Now, this evening, I’m on a conference call, that is a mixed reality event in Second Life with Rockridge Nation. I am getting more information about the Virtual State Fair, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension and I’m trying to follow all of the latest Second Life Stock Exchange drama. Meanwhile, Kim and Fiona watch American Idol and I’m hoping to follow some of the Wisconsin primary returns.
So, I try to get all everything organized for me trip, amidst interruptions.
I'm dropping Fiona off at a friends house before returning to the final push in the New Hampshire primaries. As can be expected when campaigning with youngsters, we again, got off to a late start. Yet the weather is beautiful, sunny, between 50 and 60. Today, we've been working out of the Salem office, which provides a sharp contrast to Claremont. Claremont is a small office. Salem is perhaps smaller in size, but is close to the Massachusetts border and has been packed with volunteers.
Kim, Fiona and I went out for a final day of canvasing. Fiona did a great job of speaking to voters, expressing her hope that they were going to vote for John Edwards, if they haven't already. Voters were friendly. Many had already voted. Most had already made up their minds. However, we are hoping to make sure all of those that want John Edwards actually make it to the voting booths and anyone who is still swayable seriously considers John.
It was a well to do neighborhood we visited, and there were a lot of Clinton supporters, quite a few Edwards supporters, and surprisingly few Obama supporters. The word we are hearing is that undecideds and weak Hillary supporters are breaking for John. The office has made an incredible amount of calls and there were no signs of supporters of other candidates out canvasing or door knocking. There were a bunch of Hillary supporters at the voting place we passed, and there was one lone McCain supporter doing visibility at a busy intersection.
All of this is based on what I saw in one small part of Salem and overheard others saying, and I have no idea how things will turn out when the votes are counted, other than expecting another record turnout.
At the campaign office, I chatted with volunteers from places like New Jersey and California. One of the discussions were about how lucky voters in New Hampshire are to have the first primary, even though some of the people we were calling, might wonder how lucky they are when they get their thirtieth phone call. There were discussions about whether other states should have an opportunity to be first in the nation, and about how seriously the folks in New Hampshire take their voting.
I suggested that perhaps a good way to work things out is that states with the highest turnout should get the chance to be the early primary states in the following election cycle. The idea was well received and I think addresses nicely the question of how seriously different states take their primaries.
The other interesting thing to note. Reports are starting to kick around about a Clinton cash crunch. It is hard to believe, considering how much money she has raised. However, reports are that she spent between $15 and $25 million in Iowa, all to get around fifteen delegates. When all is said and done, Obama, Edwards, and Clinton will all receive about the same number of delegates from Iowa. It will be interesting to see how many each candidate gets out of New Hampshire. With the votes being as close as they are, and the small number of delegates assigned so far, it is a long way until the convention. People are even starting to talk about a brokered convention.
Back to the delegates and the math. If Hillary did get 15 delegates after spending $15 million, at that rate, she would need to spend over $2 billion dollars to get enough delegates to win the nomination. No wonder there is talk of a cash crunch. I haven't heard reports of exactly how much Obama has spent but it looks like John Edwards is clearly getting the most delegates per dollar. It is a good illustration of how the system can be changed to be less dependent on big dollars from lobbyists for irresponsible corporations.
This gets back to the underlying question. Everyone is for change. The question is, what sort of change. Having a black man as President would be a change. Having a woman as a President would be change. Having a person who is spending money effectively and wisely and focusing on a message of standing up for the middle class would be a very big change.
There is plenty more to be said about this and all that is going on here in New Hampshire, but it is time for me to get back to the canvasing and phonebanking. I'm happy to be using a little elbow grease to get the message out, instead of paying large amounts to the corporate owned media.