Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Politics: It's A Love/Hate Relationship

I have been involved in politics all my life even as a wee lad.

I have worked on campaigns since the time I was eight when an older brother ran successfully for City Commissioner and three years later when he was elected to the State Senate.

I worked on various county campaigns and in ‘97 ran another brother’s successful campaign for City Commission as well.

That victory was sweet. Although the night before the election while I was putting up last minute yard signs, I broke my finger with a 5 pound sledgehammer.

I spent election day drugged up on painkillers and beer, but…that made the Victory Party much more fun.

As Political Director for SEIU/1199 WV/OH/KY, I helped several candidates run their campaigns for seats in the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.

During that time, I also helped author and successfully lobby on behalf of SEIU for a piece of Nursing Home Reform legislation in the West Virginia legislature.

I had a blast down there and partied quite a bit. I’ll never forget drinking moonshine in the Speaker’s office after the legislation passed two minutes before the yearly session was adjourned.

Of course, partying in the bar at the hotel I spent three months in was fun and I would toss a few back and talk to this guy during the session:

That man is a WV Delegate named Brady Paxton, and he always amused me because to me he looked like Kenny “Fucking” Rogers!!

Good Times…Good Times. Politics to me, especially the art and science of running campaigns, has always been a game. A really cool, fun game.

I guess one of the most interesting things that happened to me during a campaign occurred during the 2000 Presidential Election.

I was working for SEIU and was at our office in Columbus working our phone bank system making GOTV calls into New Mexico on behalf of Al Gore.

At about 10 PM, I and a few others along with our Prez, Dave Regan, headed to the Hyatt for the Ohio Democratic Party election night soiree.

It was fun…for awhile, but I got bored by 1 AM. I thought I would drive to my hotel and sleep while the Florida vote count got straightened out.

On my way to my car, I decided differently.

Since I was supposed to return to Bagwine in the morning, and wasn’t buzzed, I decided to drive back to Bagwine right then.

Of course…I had nowhere to stay when I got back to Bagwine, so I called my new buddy Schmoop and woke her sleeping ass up.

I asked her if I could crash at her place in about 45 minutes. Schmoop groggily said, “Yeah…sure.”

So at about 2:15 AM, I pulled into Bagwine, knocked on her apartment door, and she let me in.

The rest is history, and I have been here ever since. The moral of that story?

Al Gore invented the internets. Al Gore inspired the movie, Love Story. Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Al Gore also couldn’t win his own fucking home state in 2000 and played a role in bringing Schmoop and I together.

I Hate Al Gore...and I'm pretty sure Schmoop does too!!

Make sure you vote today, you chuckleheads.



Jay said...

Poor Al. Gets blamed for EVERYTHING!

Matt-Man said...

Jay: Well...The bastard deserves it. Cheers Jay!!

David said...

Well at least you can't say that Big Al shot his hunting buddy in the face....unlike other dickish VP's. I'm just saying.....

And, btw, I know from working in the administration that calling him Big Al is not a misnomner.

Mike said...

Sad to say he still would have been better than what we wound up with.

Doc said...

Oh man, Al Gore. It's not ALL his fault.

Matt-Man said...

David: Are you saying that Gore is a big dickhead? Cheers David!!

Mike: It really wasn't a treatise on Gore's ability to help govern. Cheers Mike!!

Doc: Yes...yes it is. Cheers Doc!!

Allison M. Dickson said...

It's without question that Al Gore would have been a better president, but he's a gigantic douchebag and voters didn't love him enough to vote for him. Same as Kerry.

Why they loved Bush MORE, I'll never quite understand, but I think it all comes down to the American infatuation with correlating bumfuck stupidity with likability.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

What a cool and sweet "how I met my true love" story!

Matt-Man said...

Allie: I think it's more a referendum on Americans preferring straight talk and disdain for pretentiousness be the candidate a dumb fuck or not. But I wasn't really taking this there. Cheers Allie!!

Evil: Indeed, and Brady and I have been close ever since. Cheers ETW!!

Scott Oglesby said...

What a touching and true story Matt. The man, the legend, the Green One is an inspiration to us all.

Matt-Man said...

Scott: Indeed he is. I feel much shame for my hate for him bringing Schmoop and I together. Cheers Scott!!

Beth said...

How very touching for a ten year anniversary. You do have a couple of facts wrong though. You did have a buzz, and I was awake watching that moron lose the election!

Matt-Man said...

Schmoop: Are you sure? I could have sworn I was pretty damn sober and you were asleep when I called. Well as you know, I'm not big details. Anyhoo...

In spite of Al Gore, it's been a good ten years...for the most part.

Cheers and Zooooves!!

Knight said...

What is Love Story? That sounds terrible. What an asshole. At least Schmoop got a personal space heater out of the whole thing. Happy Anniversary Kids!

Matt-Man said...

Knight: It was a movie. Yeah he is but you're right, she needs a personal space heater cuz da bitch is always coooooold. We fight over the thermostat setting all the time. Cheers Knight!!

Raquel's World said...

Okay I've been drinking...My new friend Schmoop? Did I miss sarcasm? I'm so confused.

Joker_SATX said...

Interesting bit of history there Matt! For the record, I hate Al Gore as well.

Desert Rat said...

Sigh... I love happy endings...

Matt-Man said...

Raquel: She was, at the time,my new friend. Ten years ago, Roc, ten years ago. Cheers Roc!!

Joker: I really don't hate the guy, but he's not a favorite of mine. Cheers Joker!!

Rat: And who doesn't...well, other than Stephen King. Cheers Adorable One!!