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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Shiny Happy Voters

Posted by DavidNYC

ACT & MoveOn are staging what appears to be a huge concert tour featuring some seriously big-name artists (Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, and, yes, R.E.M.) in nine swing states during October. Proceed from ticket sales go to ACT. Seems like an awesome way to make your dollar go to work for the Dems & have a blast at the same time. So get your music on!

UPDATE: This NYT article says that MoveOn members get to buy tickets in advance of everyone else, so you should sign up if you haven't already.

Posted at 04:43 PM in Activism | Technorati


I have been visiting your site for two months and am so impressed with the realistic/positive analyses! You're the best. My ten year old son is a Kid for Kerry who does stand-up comedy at Kerry fundraisers in the Los Angeles area. My husband is a Cuban-American actor/spokesperson. Both of them are hopefully going to be traveling to Swing States to work on voter mobilization. Am hearing lots of folks talking about spending the next two months traveling and would love some comments on where to put that energy.

I grew up in Tennessee and believe that how it plays out there will signal for the rest of the nation. Historically it has always been the most divided state in the South, starting with the Civil War, and it was there that Women's Suffrage was decided, at a time of national polarity over the issue, by just one vote in the legislature. It can also be argued that if Gore had won it, Florida wouldn't have mattered. If Edwards can stomp in the small forgotten towns where economies have been decimated, Tennessee will go blue.

Keep up the fantastic work.

ps I think Chris should do an interactive map for Kids for Kerry and turn it into a game. My ten year old is addicted to the map.

Posted by: Mim at August 4, 2004 09:33 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I am glad Illinois, my home state, is solidly Kerry, BUT DAMN I WANT TO SEE PEARL JAM TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One more reason to dislike Bush.

Posted by: Michael at August 5, 2004 12:40 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment


This is deplorable. They did it to McCain and Cleeland, now they are doing it to Kerry. If bush the sequel is telling the truth and has nothing to do with it, then his supporters are some of the worst kind of scum on the planet.

Posted by: Michael at August 5, 2004 10:53 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Too bad MoveOn members will already be voting for Kerry.

Oh well, at least they'll get their membership numbers up again.

Posted by: Luke Francl at August 5, 2004 10:08 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

That looks more like a simpsons episode than a nytimes article.

Posted by: anon at August 5, 2004 10:10 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Luke: I think the primary goal is fundraising. Raising voter awareness seems to be secondary. And I also think it's very possible that people who might never have heard of MoveOn (or cared about it) will be inspired to join (and thus receive future e-mails) in order to get tickets. Nothing like a good bribe....

Posted by: DavidNYC at August 5, 2004 10:47 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Kerry and Edwards need to appear at some of those scheduled rock concerts. This is great news.

Tennessee can definitely turn blue, as can Ohio, N. Carolina, Arkansas, S. Carolina, and Virginia. W. Va. is already turning blue. Keep hope alive!

Clinton-Gore were disheartened by their loss of N. Carolina in 1992 by just two or three points. They had really hoped to win that state.

Speaking of games, the candidates should approach winning each state as if it is a game, for fun! I've noticed how Kerry is relaxing and enjoying himself more on the campaign trail.

Posted by: Shar at August 5, 2004 11:15 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Clinton actually lost NC by less than a point in 1992. He lost it by close to 5 points in 1996. Of course, the margin jumped big-time to 13 points for Bush in 2000.

Posted by: DavidNYC at August 6, 2004 01:28 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment