We opened the Obama office last night so I thought some of you who donate but don’t live in swing states might like to see where (part) of your money goes:
It goes to purchasing that delightful red fringe you see over the Obama/Biden sign in the photo. Have you noticed that the longer a group of people decorate something the worse it looks? I have noticed that. After the spangly fringe went up they started with the Christmas lights and I stopped taking pictures.
We rented a storefront on the town square last time. This time out the square is fully occupied, so we went west of town and we’re in a small strip between a convenience store and a pawnshop.
The ’08 volunteers are trickling back in, although the two hardest-working people this time are two women who didn’t volunteer in 2008. One is a single mother who was too busy to volunteer in ’08 (her son is older now than he was in ‘08, although still very cute) and the other is a recent retiree. They are both “team leaders”, two of four (total) in this county.
I missed election day last time with the ’08 volunteers (and I will miss it again this year) because I do the voter protection lawyer stuff on election day, where I go from polling place to polling place all day and end at the Board of Elections. The voter protection part of the campaign in Ohio is deliberately set apart from the GOTV part, and I was so isolated I was actually on the phone with the voter protection people who are 60 miles away (in the closest city) when they told me Fox had just called Ohio for Obama. Okay, then! I think we’re done! Anyway, it was fun to hear all the stories from the ’08 volunteers because the GOTV people here apparently knew that Ohio was in the bag hours ahead of me.
I’ve been working really closely with the OFA organizer this past week getting the office set up and I’ve noticed it’s a lot less stressful this year. In ’08 we actually had a lot of drama and blow-ups, despite what I was reading in political media about “no drama Obama.” The OFA “method” was new here and about half of our local people didn’t care for the ’08 organizer (the half that disliked him included me) and the whole thing seemed like an impossible amount of work. It got so bad they reassigned our organizer to the next county over and sent us two in his place
This time out we have an extremely calm organizer and he seems to be just plodding through the various “goals” as far as voter contact. It’s my understanding that they hope to be down to contacting about 1,000 “sporadic” voters in the last 4 days prior to election day for GOTV, and that is achievable here, in a low population rural county where the D/R split is 40/60. I imagine GOTV is much more difficult in Dem-leaning counties with urban centers.