My friend UptheFlag, comfortably resting in a dark red state, stated in a comment to me: “Your time is more important at this stage, than out knocking on doors or bothering people on the phone.” He referred to my volunteer work at the Obama office each week. I’d imagine that he would be correct if I were a citizen of Mississippi, South Carolina, New York or California. But I am an Ohioan and am therefore working hard to deny my state to Mitt Romney. We’ve 100 days before the election and 70 before early voting here in Ohio and our volunteers are holding daily conversations with our fellow Ohioans to promote the President’s reelection.
Today I’m heading out, clipboard in hand, to knock on 80 doors to persuade the voters to make the right decision. Why this particular set of 80 doors? They just aren’t any doors; rather, they have been selected because these voters are on the fence. They have told our phone bank volunteers that they are still undecided. I may end up talking to 20 percent of them; the others won’t be home or won’t answer, believing that I’m a Jehovah Witness.
So, where else could I make an equal or greater impact on the voter than a face-to-face conversation with an undecided voter? Surely not on this blog. By the way, there are 38 other volunteers getting their clipboards ready this morning in my neck of the woods. Do the math: 38 (.20 * 80) = 606 Those 600 may be critical in the effort to keep Ohio blue. In fact, all throughout the state today 1,816 volunteers have signed up to go door-to-door. That’s a lot of conversations.
I have pointed out on several occasions that it is nearly impossible for Mitt Romney to get 270 electoral votes without the 18 from Ohio. Play around with this map: http://www.pollheadlines.com/electoral-map.php Deny Ohio to Romney [click it to make it blue] and see how many other states he needs to get to make up for a blue Ohio.
SO I’m heading out at 10 this morning armed with a clipboard, pen and my talking points. I’ll update this post later today with my results [unless I’m shot dead on the porch of some right-wing gunnut].