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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Michael Teigen: Rep. Mike Thompson (D – CA 1st) says “To benefit the agricultural sector…”

Michael Teigen got this clip of Mike Thompson, House Representative for the great state of California. In addition to 18 years of legislative experience, Congressman Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the (bipartisan) Congressional Wine Caucus and former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. In Michael’s words: “Staked him out at the Baywood Country Club in Arcata, California. He first said that he was too busy. Then when attempting to drive away he stopped and let me ask the question.” The shot does inded appear to be from a car. So.

Not only does Congressman Thompson know about Shiraz and the infield-fly rule- he appears to have a pretty keen grasp on why we vote on the day we do. In response to the Congressman’s historically accurate answer, it’s interesting to note- with great respect for those who work in the area- that in recent years the “Agricultural Sector” employed 1.9% of the labor force (2000) and comprised 0.7% of our GDP (2002). The source of these stats is the Economic Research Service of the USDA; you can read more here.

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

How to make a GOTW video happen – some advice from the Road Team

We’ve gotten some good comments on YouTube, and the Road Team was keen to respond to one from lucasderosa:

What you guys are doing is great. Your videos are well done and you handle yourselves well. The coolest thing about what you’re doing is that it shows that politicians aren’t as hard to interact with as one might think. Apparently you dont have to have ties to the press or any special clout to reserve a few minutes of their time, and I think demonstrating that is very important. It shows that anybody can be involved if you’re tenacious enough. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Also, do you think you could describe the process you went through to contact the people you have interviewed? Was it really as simple as showing up at the event with a camera and trying to get their attention? How difficult was it to get time to sit down with Mr. Kohl? Also, what inspired you guys to put this together?”

To which, our brave Road Team responds:

Thank you so much for your kind words and for checking out GOTW! We can’t take the credit for putting it together, for that you’ll have to talk to Mr. Wachtel and Ambassador Young. But we thank them for doing it just as you thank us! As far as getting the interviews, it’s the luck of the draw. Often times we just show up and wait for the official to arrive. In the case of Senator Kohl and Gov. Vilsack, we put an interview request in with their respective offices after telling them about the project. Just go out there and do what feels natural! While there’s an aspect to this project that some are calling “gotcha journalism,” we really don’t feel that’s the point. And fundamentally it’s for a great cause – increasing voter participation and turnout – so don’t feel guilty if you put someone on the spot!

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Fox & Friends : inside the looking glass"> Fox & Friends : inside the looking glass

Because they are crazy, Jacob and Barnett took a camera on television with them for their Fox appearance. So, if you saw it on tv- or while you wait to see the clip here (we’re working on it)- here’s the segment from a very different perspective.

Your tie looks great, Jacob.

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Senator Hillary Clinton (D – NY), Rep. Charles Rangel (D – NY 15th), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D- NY 8th): “The Ten Commandments”

Jacob and Barnett were having all the fun, so I decided to grab my friend Jen and see if we couldn’t get some clips ourselves. We got into a DCCC fundraiser in Midtown Manhattan, and had the chance to talk to two Congressmen and a Senator- none of whom knew the answer!- but each of whom had something interesting to say on the topic.

We lost audio (and would’ve lost video too, if Jen hadn’t guerrilla-like remembered she could record image on her Treo), but check the clip to hear what Congressman Nadler said- it might be the wittiest response we’ve gotten so far.

Special thanks also to Sasha Gordon for her invaluable editing assistance.

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

C.J. Phillips: Governor Bob Riley of Alabama (R) says “’cause that’s when the election is!”

Way to take it to the streets, people! C.J. Phillips caught up with Governor Bob Rily on November 3. Says C.J., “I’m not the best with the video camera but you get the idea. Steve Doocy was in Birmingham for a book signing and Mr. Riley stopped by to talk with him for a moment. It all took place in Birmingham just outside of the Crest building where famed radio personalities Rick and Bubba are located.”

In this quick clip, the Governor displays a fairly keen grasp of tautology; to be fair, it’s a deft answer in its circular way. Tuesday is indeed when the election is. I guess what we need to consider next is whether it’s when the election should be.

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Alex Pettit, Bob Barrett and Claudia Pettit: Senator Debbie Stabenow (D – MI) says “That’s been like that forever and there’s no good reason…”

HOOAH! From Alex Pettit, Claudia Pettit, and Bob Barrett of Ypsilanti, Michigan, we’ve got our first non-Road-Team clip– and it’s a great one. Alex caught up with Senator Debbie Stabenow and got an excellent interview out of it. From Alex: “This clip was taken on 11/1/06 at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, MI. The Senator made a stop to meet some voters in the run up to the election on 11/7. It seemed to be a great opportunity to ask THE question.”

In 2000, Senator Stabenow became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Michigan; she had served two terms as a Member of the House before that. She didn’t know the reason we vote on Tuesdays- she in fact used a very similar phrase as her colleague from across the aisle, Arlen Specter- but did have several suggestions for how she feels participation might be improved.

N.B.: Senator Stabenow kicks it kinda partisan at the end of the clip. The Senator is of course entitled to her views, but we wouldn’t want them to be misconstrued as our own. We’re here in a completely neutral context, and welcome any and all constructive debate from members of both/all parties on this topic that’s way more important than Donkeys and Elephants.

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