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"You know you're a Politcal Staffer When..."

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, October 13, 2008
For those of you out on the campaign trail(or have ever been), we thought you may enjoy a quick two minute laugh before training that next group of volunteers, jumping on the end of the day conference call.
  • Indy is not a form of music
  • No one looks at you funny when you sleep at the office
  • A perfect boyfriend/girlfriend is someone who can actually put up with your work hours
  • You know that perfect person doesn’t exist
  • You work insane hours for little money
  • And you love it
  • Your friends visit your office to make sure you’re still alive
  • Therapy is something you wish you could get for free after the election
  • Your track record, has nothing to do with sports
  • Your best friend’s name is Blackberry
  • You have thrown your best friend once or twice
  • You have played some kind of sport in your office at least once (i.e. baseball, kickball, football, basketball, etc.)
  • A reporter or your candidate has walked in on it at least once
  • You have come to work when you look like you’re about to keel over and die
  • And you did it by choice
  • Your car doubles as a closet during campaign season because frankly, you’re not quite sure when you’ll get home
  • You have gone 48 hours plus without sleep
  • Your closest friends names’ are Jack, Jim, Jose, and Captain Morgan
  • You live off of coffee and cigarettes
  • Your desk kind of reminds you of the movie Twister, well after the tornado hit
  • You watch either 24 or the West Wing compulsively
  • When your power goes out or your telephone is disconnected you immediately blame it on the Democrats, or Republicans
  • You have encountered at least 3 volunteers whom you are sure escaped from a Mental Institution
  • All your friends say how “professional and cute” you look while you’re running around on your blackberry trying to prevent Armageddon

You can view the full list here.  But while we have your attention, one of our favorites, often heard be GAIN members and users:

"After months of 80 hour weeks and no days off, you vow to NEVER work Field again...and after a week in the 'normal' world, you send your resume out and start it all over again."

This one, you can do something about now.  Regardless of whether you want to move up the letter in field, try fundraising or managing, or even get out of campaigns and into longer term advocacy or consulting work, Democratic GAIN can help.  Make sure we know how to find you by filling out our 2008 staff tracking form and then upload your updated resume to the Career Center.  You might as well do it today and sleep for a few more hours on November 5th.


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