Today I went to a fire station in Westchester, CA, by Los Angeles International Airport, to participate in a party election for delegates to the upcoming California Democratic Party state convention.
My prejudice was that this was going to be sparsely attended, with only the die-hards participating. I couldn't have been more wrong in my assumptions.
I arrived just after 12.30 PM, when registration began. The parking lot was full, and surrounding streets were choked with parked cars. I finally had to park a couple of blocks away and trudge in.
When I got to the fire station, the line was at least 100 people deep, with more coming in by the moment.
Inwardly I was grasped by disbelief. All that we've said on this blog—that people were woken up by November—was proven true by the evidence before me. I spoke to several of the volunteers, and they agreed that they'd never seen anything like that turnout.
When I signed in I also put my name down to be called on to volunteer for future events.
What happened today in a Los Angeles neighborhood has to be replicated in every county in the nation. Saying you're part of "The Resistance" is merely empty rhetoric if you don't then get involved on a grass-roots level. Street protests, although useful, have never won an election. Working to rebuild the party from the ground up is the only hope we have for 2018 and 2020.
This is your very fired up and ready to go open thread.