Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:34 PM
outsideworld (601 posts)
2012 Elections More Inspiring Than 08
found this on TPM great read
A couple of thoughts about the election:
continued here http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/11/just_read_this_1.php?ref=fpblg
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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:46 PM
frazzled (12,943 posts)
1. I saw similar things in even a non-swing state
We did phone banking from the Illinois OFA headquarters, and the number and range of people the TPM writer describes was nearly as great even here. Hundreds of people, old and young, black, white, Latino, and other. Rich and poor. Some even allowed themselves to be whisked away on election day to go door knock in Milwaukee. (And it was a blustery day.) Many had traveled to Iowa and Wisconsin to canvass numerous times.
In the course of my volunteer hours, I sat with an 83-year-old physician (who happened to have worked in the state Attorney General office at one time), met in the elevator a Sikh man in full turban with a GLBT for Obama sticker on his lapel, phone banked next to a twenty-something rocker and a late-middle-aged black woman. I could go on. But mainly to say the enthusiasm and dedication was great.
This is the great untold story of the campaign. It wasn't just the targeting and the math and the speeches and debates and rallies. It was the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers all over the country. I've seen that kind of action in the last weeks of primaries in New Hampshire. But I've never seen it go national.
These people have furthermore learned a lot about electoral politics and strategies, and they hopefully will continue to do this work for other races and in future elections. Obama has built a true grassroots army, which can even be called upon to work for policy issues. It's never really been done on this scale before.