Barack Obama sent me another thoughtful e-mail message last night. I know he has been busy these past few weeks. Yet he has made every effort to keep me personally informed about the campaign, the need for money and now a gentle reminder about the essential last step: to get out and vote.
Here’s the e-mail he sent Monday night at about 9 p.m. I was dozing through Dancing With the Stars. Otherwise I would have replied immediately.
We’re just one day away from change.
Election Day is tomorrow — Tuesday, November 4th.
We’ve asked you to do a lot over the course of the campaign, and you’ve always come through.
Right now, I’m asking you to do one last thing — vote tomorrow, and make sure everyone you know votes, too.
[Then in the body of the e-mail there is a link to polling locations.]
When this campaign began, we weren’t give much of a chance by the pollsters or the pundits.
But tomorrow, we can make history.
We’ve made it this far because supporters like you never stopped believing in your power to bring about real change.
Take the final step now.
Watch the video, find your polling location, and get everyone you know involved on Election Day.
With your vote, and the votes of your friends, family, and neighbors, we won’t just win this election — together, we will change this country and change the world.
OK gang. Please take the time to vote today — whether you support Obama or John McCain. It’s important. And then display your “I Voted” sticker with pride. I voted three weeks ago when there weren’t any lines. So I’ve already lost my sticker. But you get the idea.
And I probably shouldn’t do this, since it has the potential to reduce voter turnout. But it’s clear that Barack Obama is going to win. I don’t base that projection on polls or the analysis of early voter patterns. We know from the primaries that those numbers are always wrong.
Rather, I project Obama as the winner based on a historical fact. According to an article in USA Today this morning, “in all but one of 16 presidential elections dating to 1940, a Redskins defeat in their final home game before the election has foreshadowed a loss by the incumbent party in the election.”
Thank God the Steelers were playing — and not the Cleveland Browns.