I arrived a short time after 6:00 p.m. and was pleasantly surprised to see a sea of Kerry/Edwards signs flooding the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Ventura Boulevards. As I searched the crowd for familiar faces, I was laughing heartedly at the antics of Billionaires for Bush (a satire group) who had come out to entertain the crowd. Motorists at the intersection wailed on their horns and pumped up Kerry supporters danced from one corner to another.
Here in Los Angeles, thousands of volunteers have been doing their part to help GOTV! With all of the action focused on the Battleground States, there have been weekly bus trips to Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico and every local Democratic Headquarters office is teaming with volunteers who are phone banking both locally and across the country.
I ran into actors Ed Begley, Jr. and Jere Burns when I ventured across the street to see what was happening on the other side. I had met Ed Begley, Jr. back in late February when he came out to introduce Teresa Heinz Kerry when she received the California LCV endorsement on John Kerry’s behalf. Begley himself is a noted environmentalist who is always happy to turn out for a cause. I chatted briefly with Ed and Jere about the prospect of John and Teresa in the White House.
While all eyes are on the Battleground States right now, our efforts did not go unnoticed by the local media who came out to cover our rally. NBC4 managed to weed some footage into their piece about the Bin Laden tape and John Kerry’s response.
Finally, at the end of the rally I ran into Blogger Sam Park who I first met back in August ’03 at the first San Fernando Valley Meet-Up. It’s been a long year, we both agreed, but here we are now with the big event just 4 days way! No rest yet, for weary Bloggers and Kerry volunteers… It’s time to take it to the streets and GOTV!