I realize that I may not have been as open and descriptive of what I've been up to lately, but you could say that I've come into a position of being in huge political power in my state. Thanks to a lefty political group that shall not be named, I find myself with a title. And once I have a title, I have a statewide organization. There is responsibility there.
I also have 35 years experience in local politics in Ecotopia County, and that means I know everybody and I know everything about local gummint. And that increases my power potential exponentially. But that's not all. Thanks to my deep involvement with Occupy Wall Street, I also have the entree' into the movers and shakers on the street, the unions, the peace and justice movements, health care groups, and even churches. Call me Boss Old New Lefty.
All of this is like inheriting a small fortune to me. And rather than making a big cheese out of myself (okay, I can't help it. Maybe I make a cheese out of myself) -- what I'm really trying to do is to just make the Democrats into a more functional organization. In Ecotopia County there are way too many tofu eaters to ever fall in line for a political machine. But I can honestly make campaign infrastructure more efficient on a rapid basis.
Case in point. Hal and Phil are officials in A and B parts of government. A policy issue turned into a political issue, and Hal got suckered in for a surrogate to run against Phil. And Phil DID NOT LIKE THAT ONE BIT! Can't say as if I blame him. But the problem is this: Hal and Phil just happen to be the sand in the gears that might cripple the Democrats in their most sensitive area next year.
I stepped into this like a giant cow flop. Believe me. I didn't make any friends. At this moment, Hal probably thinks I'm stalking him. This is not the case. But I'm pretty sure he's afraid of what I'm going to have to say. He was going to meet with me, and then suddenly developed a cold shoulder. " No matter." sez the Boss.
In Chicago or New York there are professionals who get paid to do what I'm doing now, but I'm working for free. So this very important business decision is getting kicked upstairs to two places. I won't go any further than that in telling who they are. I'll only tell you that they're nationally known.
By a coincidence, I ran into the publisher of the local newspaper who's been a friend of mine for thirty years. He told me to come up to his patio to discuss the things, and lo and behold if he didn't agree with me 100%. Turns out, he's undertaking the same kind of letter writing that I'm doing.
And there's nothing quite like dropping into a campaign office and asking, "Just how many phone banks do you want?"