Tools of the door knocking trade.
A few disjointed observations is all I can manage after a long day walking a precinct in Tracy for Jerry McNerney (CA-11).
Working on an election campaign provides a legitimate excuse to talk with our fellow citizens. Nobody in the exurban subdivision I tromped around today seemed distressed when I showed up with my clipboard on the their doorstep. Of course I was polite and didn't harangue. Juan Cole recently made some interesting comments on the gift of legitimacy that this election has created for criticism of the Iraq war even though the Democrats are not coherently running on a peace platform.
Certainly at doors in Tracy, people seemed open to the notion that there is something wrong being done to U.S. service personnel.
Though a lot of people are still stunned by how successful Republicans were at getting out their vote in 2004, we need to remember that progressive grass roots organizations and unions (notably, in California, the United Farm Workers) invented organized voter identification and GOTV programs. Matt Stoller of MyDD gave a shout out to that history the other day and shared a few observations on how he thinks the progressive movement is doing at reclaiming electoral capacity:
That seems about right to me. The McNerney voter turnout operation is one of those places we're getting better fast.
Lots of people have been writing good calls to action. Here's one, from Involved in Minnesota:
She's right and it's now or never. Hope everyone reading this is doing something between now and the election.