Apparently, people read my website. Imagine that? Anyway, I was recently contacted by, I don't know, a bazillion Deval Patrick campaign people. I've been contacted by people from my campus, from Tufts, from Brandies... I don't even know where they all come from. Apparently, they know I'm a fan of Deval Patrick. Apparently, they think I can help him win. Apparently, that makes me qualified to be the Undergraduate Campus Coordinator for Deval Patrick's campaign.
I don't like the idea of being a part of a campaign and posting about that campaign on my blog, especially since I'm linked on leftyblogs and people actually read my site every now and then. However, how do I cross that bridge? How do I address this dilemma? It's in my nature to write and to blog, I may not be particularly good at it, but that's just something I'm going to do no matter what. If I didn't write here, I'd write about more meaningless stuff on Myspace that three or four people would read and would amount to nothing. Here, I can advocate and help advance ideas. Here, I can continue to debate. Here, I can actually write about politics (not even my friends will read about most of my political writings). So what do I do?
I could promise to not write about Deval Patrick anymore, but then what the heck am I going to post about? Deval Patrick got me excited about Massachusetts politics again and if the campaign isn't successful, this could be a limited time engagement - so I'm not going to miss my opportunity to analyze the politics of this race. I guess that leaves me here: writing this disclaimer.
Even though I'm technically a part of Deval Patrick's campaign, I'm not a personal friend of his. I'm not being paid. I've never even been to his Boston Office and I have no money to donate to his campaign (or to buy the Special Limited Edition DVD of Lady and the Tramp I'm dying to get).
Sure, I'm volunteering for him and I now have a fancy title, but I'm not really doing anything that I wasn't before. As the undergraduate campus coordinator, essentially the only thing I'm doing now that I wasn't doing a week ago is attending a weekly meeting to try to get more supporters and keeping track of a few more emails. I was already doing my other tasks, despite the fact that I wasn't a part of the campaign.
So, in short, what's going to change? I don't really know. Technically, nothing should change. I'm not going to censor myself or compromise my website. However, I'm still now a part of a campaign. I can pretend and rationalize that it won't or shouldn't make a difference, but the fact is to readers it does. Maybe even to me it will. So I'm going to be a responsible blogger and let you all know in advance: I'm technically a part of the campaign now.