Let me preface things by stating I am currently hung-over, so forgive any resultant lack of concise thought...thanks. That said: Reading or watching News about the upcoming Election, through articles, polls, commentary and from discussing such topics here at MR, one gets the idea that this will be a very close Election come November. To myself personally, it seems rather ridiculous that things would be this close, as Bush has a verifiable track-record that would seem to preclude any re-election chances. On the other hand, Bush does have a powerful spin-machine behind him and a rather complicit media in general combined with a traditionally lazy electorate. An important difference however, is much of the grass-roots canvasing going on in States around the Nation. One of my best friends currently works for such an Organization. It is well-funded and well-organized (receives funding from Soros) and motivates relatively untapped demographics for voting and for Kerry. There have been quite a few National news stories about the effects of such efforts - a sizeable increase in new Democratic voters in many swing states. Stories told to me by my friend seem to reinforce the fact that there is a mobilization of previously apathetic voters of a rather unprecendented scale. These realities do not seem to be reflected in polling data, or in traditional media coverage of the Election. With that in mind, do you feel that this Election may prove to be much different come Election time, with this somewhat unrecognized voter mobilization? Also, is there a concerted Republican activity to counter this at a grass roots level? I have not heard of one, but am curious... Finally, any opinions on what an independently-funded partisan Voter mobilization means to our Election system? Kerry may be at a disadvantage financially coming into the home strech vs Bush, but with organizations such as this, the effects are somewhat mitigated. Nevertheless, is this a good trend for domestic Politics? Is it fair? Opinions? Comments?