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Notes From The Field
Pennsylvania's Democratic Team
Taking It To My Streets
One thing I learned from my work on Obama's 2008 Campaign, and my work for Joe Sestak during the primaries is that elections are won on the ground. What better place to lay that groundwork than in one's own neighborhood.
Saturday, October 9th, I did a canvass of Democratic Voters in my suburban Harrisburg neighborhood. While it was, like most canvasses are, basically a literature drop, I did see a few common threads.
The first is that there are still, even with less than a month before the election, a lot of undecided and even unaware voters. These are the people that work like what I did can benefit. A reminder that there is an election may be a great way to spur them to vote.
The second is that I encountered a few Democrats who seem to have "drank the tea". The one that bothered me the most was a man with a PhD. When I brought up folks like Rand Paul, he dismissed me. I thought I had him on the idea of a 'corporate state", and he even said he thought that Citizen's United was a bad decision. Of course, with folks like Beck and Limbaugh, and the mainstream media's silence on pointing out the radical ideas that many in the Tea Party wing espouse, it could happen. This silence may have to do with the reliance on the mainstream media on corporate dollars or what I like to call the Fox Effect.
The final point is likely what was a key component of the GOP's strategy. When I approached a house that I was to survey two younger people, I got their Mom. She told me that the two youths just didn't want to vote, as they didn't understand that they needed to. This could be the Republican's greatest triumph. Their campaign of obstruction may have managed to convince the younger people that worked and voted for Obama that he's ineffectual and weak.
The last two points are what worry me most. I can only hope that if the GOP does retake congress that the people America see what they've done, and that spurs people back into action. No matter what happens, I'll be doing something to keep the wheels of progress turning against the reactionaries.