When I've been in Oklahoma City to visit family and friends for the past several weeks I always stop by and put in a few hours with Andrew Rice's campaign. Sometimes simply because he's another heartland democrat who needs help and has the volunteer mechanism in place to utilize me - and sometimes simply because he's a young democrat who is running for office.
So this week I heard about a rally with the OU YD's that was in part a response to a comment made by Markos (of the dailykos) about Rice's Senate race. I knew then, that I needed to hop in the car and make the schlep to Norman, Oklahoma to support both Andrew and young people. And what I found was astounding.
Neither rain nor sleet nor cold will stop the Oklahoma Young Democrats. Many braved the unexpected weather to hear State Senator Andrew Rice talk about why he is running for US Senate and compound the myth that young people in Oklahoma are less interested.
In the last few weeks young people have seen some serious hatin' going on with Thomas Friedman we saw a serious slam. And this week's Oklahoma Gazette did a huge profile on Rice where Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos blog, was asked to comment on the race.
"Inhofe is a national joke. He is very much a top-tier villain, somebody who could be easy to run against from a national perspective," Moulitsas said. "(But) I wouldn't even say it's a second tier race for us. It's a third-tier race."
To climb the ladder, Rice will have to prove he can pull in $25 checks from rural Oklahomans and motivate college students to knock on doors for him.
"If he can do that, this race merits attention. If he can't do that, then this isn't going to be much of a race," Moulitsas said.
Well get ready because the OU Dems have something to prove.