Phil was, himself, calling in from the airport lounge at Van Nuys, preparing to get on a puddlejumper to fly to San Diego for an evening rally. (He was also in Oakland and San Francisco this morning, so it's been a heck of a day for him.) There were a couple of jokes at the expense of the big-spender rival, compared to Phil flying coach (despite exceedingly long legs).
The call was largely a pep rally, but there were a couple of substantive issues discussed. The one that stood out was dealing with education -- in answer to a question from Phil's own city councilman, Rob Fong, Phil discussed (and praised) a program in the Sacramento schools that's aiming to create smaller, more differentiated public high schools, rather than huge institutions that can offer an impressive menu of options, but tend to have giant classes and little personal attention for individual students.
I also got to ask a question myself, which was more about the dynamics of the campaign itself. To wit: Westly's shown he's willing to self-finance, to the tune of $40M. Airtime will matter in the fall as much as it does now, and some people might feel that Westly's checkbook makes him a more attractive candidate. Phil discussed our fundraising (we've matched Westly thus far by building up a list of almost 30k small donors), and asked all of us to tell our friends: If Phil wins on Tuesday, please, please donate to the campaign. The campaign estimates that in order to be competitive this fall, we need to double our number of contributors. It doesn't have to be much. Give $50, or $25, or even $10. Or sign up for a $10 monthly donation to run through November (I know there is some way to do this, but I'm failing to find it right now; if anybody does find the correct link, please let me know; if all else fails, you could call the campaign office, 916-448-1998, and I'm sure somebody there would be able to take down your info for a monthly donation; tell them Auros sent you!). Arnie's going to have a firehose of cash, from his fundraisers around the country, visiting with the same kinds of people who back Bush, and who backed the assault on Gray Davis when he was trying to fight Enron and the other companies that jacked up our energy bills. We're never going to raise the kind of money he'll have, but we can at least make sure our ads don't blink on and off like a Christmas light. Average folks like you and me can make the difference between having an answer out to a negative ad in three days, or three weeks.
Thinking more about today -- and Tuesday -- I gotta say, if the response I've gotten in the three precincts of College Terrace are anything to go by, with Westly HQ less than a block from my house, we're gonna win this thing handily. *knock wood* *fingers crossed* *etc*