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GOTV Day 2: What enthusiasm gap?

cvylzyiueaezkwtI’m not sure what journalists are referring to when they say that there is an enthusiasm problem for Hillary. I’m not seeing it.

I’ve had a lot of canvassers through my house in the last couple of days. My rug will need to be cleaned. Yesterday, a group of three Bernie supporters showed up and have been kicking ass for two days now. They’re coming back tomorrow. Swoon. They say they know that if we win back the Senate, Bernie will become one of the most powerful politicians in country.

Yes, there are a lot of Trump people in this part of the state. But we also have a lot of Democrats and Pittsburgh gave up being a steel town in about 1985. There are only a few mills left. Now, this city is diverse, a center for robotics and transplant medicine. It’s a shame that some people got left behind. It’s not their fault. But that doesn’t mean that Pittsburgh has been meh about Hillary.

Ok, a volunteer just returned with a flyer from Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance AFL-CIO that was left at a house he was canvassing. That’s weird. I keep picturing factory workers in American Samoa. It’s a long way to come for GOTV but yeah, Go American Samoa. (Someone from AFL- CIO should correct me on this.)

Yesterday, I was following a canvasser from Planned Parenthood. It was along a long stretch of curvy road with no sidewalk. At dusk. I love Hillary but not enough to die for a turf. But the Planned Parenthood canvasser was leaving pink doorhangers ahead of me so I had to leave Hillary Election Alert stickies. Damn the intrepid PP girl. It’s the competition that will kill me.

Volunteers are bringing a lot of snacks. I’ve eaten too much. And I have a tower of bottled water. I get up at 6am and work without a break until about 9:30pm. I can’t stay up past 9:30pm. I’m sorry, I just can’t.

I learned about Comey’s statement today after it had been out for an hour. It’s so unlike me to be the last to know.

Please let this campaign be over soon.



14 Responses

  1. Proud of all the work you do…Thank you so much!

    Hillary is cleared…
    of some “innuendo” that the others concocted to meddle with the election…
    Heads will roll…

    • Know what I haven’t seen?
      Any sign whatsoever that Trump has a ground game. There are signs but I’m not tripping over Trump canvassers like I’m tripping over Hillary and affiliated canvassers.
      My suspicion is that Trump wanted to use the cable news networks as his ground game.

  2. Great, great job! I’ve been in recovery from surgery this past month, so have been greatly frustrated not to be able to do nearly as much volunteering for Hillary as I would have liked. Kudos and applause to all the folks who did the good work!

  3. It’s so great you and everybody else is doing that! I love you all!

    I’ve done a wee bit of phone banking here in SoCal, but I am sooo useless at it. So I’ve donated more money instead and am sitting here obsessing….

  4. From William over on Uppity Woman’s blog:

    And somehow we all have to figure out a way to stop the right-wing corporate billionaires, aided by a woefully inept and unprofessional media, from controlling our electoral process through their lies and false innuendoes.

    Me now:

    For the last several decades, our economy has consistently performed better under Democratic rule than Republican rule, the Carter years vs. the Reagan years being the only possible exception.

    Why in Madoka’s holy name do the fat cats want GOP rule, when they make more money with Democrats in charge? Whatever drives them, it’s not rational self-interest.

    • Hell, it’s an open secret that the stock market will perform its best impression of Wile E. Coyote if Kim Jong Orange wins. 😮

  5. Kudos to you RD and all the people working so hard to pull this win out. A special mention must go out to the PP folks who are some of the toughest people you will find this side of the military. Those escorts who daily walk through the screaming mobs are awesome and they are probably fearless canvassers. I just wish I was physically able to do more. I’ll probably go hang around the polls Tuesday and help a bit. That’s is if we have one left— our town is encircled by forest fires and the circle is collapsing a bit.

    • Churl, I guess you are north of me. Your smoke is now blowing down here and that’s bad enough. I can’t imagine how you guys are managing with all that smoke.

      • Last night was awful here in Iotla Valley ( “Iotla” is Cherokee for “Peaceful Valley” so I live in Peaceful Valley Valley on the shores of the River of Redundancy River) down the Little Tennessee river between Franklin, NC and Bryson City, NC. The smoke was so thick I contemplated using my CPAP machine just to watch tv. This morning, most of the smoke has cleared and is heading north toward Asheville. The fires have yet to be contained but are burning away from civilization at the moment.

  6. I’m excited to have participated in the election of a truly qualified President who happens to be a woman. I can’t wait for the wave tomorrow that will wipe the hate and stink that is the Republican Party out of power and out of my daily life. Me, I could care less if they admit their loser status tomorrow or ever, the losses will have reduced their voice to gnat noise. Kudos all!

  7. RD, thank you for all your election efforts on behalf of Hillary. I am hoping that there will be a massive turnout in PA, to give her a comfortable victory. And somehow we have to get McGinty in the Senate. The bogus reopening of the email matter looks like it is accomplishing its major goal, which is to keep the Senate in Republican hands, meaning that the Judiciary Committee may simply never let any of Hillary’s Supreme Court nominees even get to the floor for a vote. I would be very happy, and vastly relieved, simply with Hillary winning. I would admit that I would feel a great pang of disappointment if we are looking at a Republican Congress which has lost even any fake concern for democratic processes, and plays governance like it is a board game where “winning” is the only thing that matters.

  8. I’m going with the Princeton Election Consortium: http://election.princeton.edu/2016/11/06/is-99-a-reasonable-probability/#more-18522 which gives a great comparison between what 538 is doing and what they are doing. I am very hopeful. GOTV!

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