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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:34 PM

2012 Elections More Inspiring Than 08

found this on TPM great read
A couple of thoughts about the election:
Iím from Boise, Idaho but my wife and I relocated to Ohio to volunteer for President Obamaís campaign for the four weeks before the election.

I admire Nate Silver for his election model and its forecasts; they are one of the few things I read about politics while we were on duty and they gave me a lot of hope during those dark days after the first debate and while the skewed Gallup polls were coming out. But I want to add that there was a huge army of people who tried to make sure that the polls that Nate used turned into actual votes.
For the last four days of the election, we helped manage a staging location for GOTV in one ward of a city in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland. I imagine that the campaign will never release the total number of people who worked or volunteered in Ohio; they might not even know. But extrapolating from our experience, I estimate that there might have been close to 50,000 people on the ground in one way or another during GOTV in Ohio including 700 lawyers, 300 in the Cleveland area alone, protecting our vote.

I believe that our democracy was at serious risk this election. If we had lost to lies, a torrent of dark money, voter suppression, and racism, it might have taken decades for our democracy to come back from the bad laws and court decisions on further voter suppression and corporate power, if it could recover at all. Certainly beyond my lifetime since Iím 67. But people seemed to sense the crisis and responded, and folks from all walks of life joined together to do one extra-ordinary thing: re-elect an African American President in a time of high unemployment and in the face of everything the would be aristocracy could throw at us. I certainly sensed more determination and intensity at the door than I did (in a different suburb) in 2008.

continued here http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/11/just_read_this_1.php?ref=fpblg

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:46 PM

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.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:58 PM

2. thats for sharing

Its great to hear these personal stories You know. we only hear about the other stuff mostly

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