Canvassing SE PA: A Few Notes

The following are some notes from my canvass of Chester County PA on Sunday:

  1. My wife and I kicked off the canvass. Both relative rookies, we were fortunate to have some experienced veterans in our midst.
  2. Shockingly, the Republicans did not bite. Heck, some of them were still undecided. And some of those undecided wanted literature on Obama.
  3. Democrats far outnumbered Republicans. And there were many, many Obama  leaners. But there was an unfortunately strong presence of "likely McCain."
  4. One sad observation--compared to the rest of the canvassers, the one African American duo had a highly disproportionate amount of "refused" and "not home."
  5. I know it's been said ad nuaseum, but WTF is up with all the fence sitters?

That's all I've got. I can't wait to do it again, and I highly recommend it to those who haven't tried. There are few better ways to spend a Sunday (or Saturday) with your family.

To help pad this woefully sparse diary, below is a longer, somewhat related (but mostly not) diary that I recently wrote for the dailykos:

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I'm Getting on the Wagon.

I never thought it would come to this. A few days ago, I peaked into my six-year old son's diary, where I saw he had penned this:

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It says:

Dear Dire (ed note: Diary)

Oboama wun

the Nomination

He clearly wrote it back in June, so who knows how long he's been hiding this? One thing is certain, though--he learned it from watching me.

My Name is Bob, and I am a Kosoholic.

I've been a Kosoholic for almost a year now. Immediately upon my introduction to this site, I became prisoner to rush of the breaking story, the high of the incisive new diary and the thrill of poignant comments. And I became instantly intoxicated by the power of my own two cents.  

I obviously never considered how my visits here could impact my son. With the election less than two months away, I must now make right by him. I must convince him that beyond the rock  and roll diary lifestyle lies a better way: Today, I will mark my first day of Kosbriety by canvassing for Obama with my son.

I'm sure I'll fall back off the wagon sooner (i.e. much sooner) rather than later. And it will no doubt be ugly as I cave to the gnawing desire to post about how my canvassing went. But I will get back on the wagon as quickly as I fell off. And maybe I will mark my re-commitment to Kosbriety with a marathon phone bank.

Tags: Barack Obama, canvassing, Election 2008, Pennsylvania (all tags)

Comments

7 Comments

One Sad Observation...

You mentioned that the AA duo had many "refused" & "Not Home".

Yes , that's not what we would like to see in 2008.

However, to be practical in this situation, one might consider splitting up the duo for this purpose, sending one AA and one caucasian in two different duos, ideally, one male and one female, if possible.  Hopefully, that would lessen any perceived "problem".

I'm sorry we find it necessary to address this situation, but we all know it is a factor in this election and ignoring it will not fix it.

Just get out and smile as you do your job.  Thanks.

 

by susie 2008-09-09 09:53AM | 0 recs
I was a hillary supporter, and im black

i was cursed at in PA. and people would not open their doors for me either. they assumed i was an obama supporter, even when i yelled out i was a hillary supporter and had hillary gear on

by iamold 2008-09-09 11:15AM | 0 recs
screw those idiots

by activatedbybush 2008-09-09 11:19AM | 0 recs
Re: I was a hillary supporter, and im black

My wife and I were really disappointed to learn that so many people roll like this in SE PA. We fled here from the South specifically to get away from that type of BS (my wife is half African American).

by Bob Sackamento 2008-09-09 11:22AM | 0 recs
Re: I was a hillary supporter, and im black

Come on up to Bucks County--I'm in Doylestown Borough, and nothing but Obama signs all over!

by kayebee 2008-09-09 11:48AM | 0 recs
Awesome.

Now I can forgive Bucks Co. for what happened during the primaries :-)

by Bob Sackamento 2008-09-09 01:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Awesome.

D-town went for Obama :)

by kayebee 2008-09-10 01:45PM | 0 recs

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