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News From the Ground

03.02.08


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So I made it into Austin at about 9:30 yesterday morning, sans bag (which showed up later). After getting a Curra’s fix and catching up with Jeff and Alexis, I checked in at an Obama campaign office in East Austin.

I received a clipboard; a printed-out map of a neighborhood; a list of about 75 addresses and the name, age, and gender of people living there; and assorted Obama campaign literature, chiefly fliers to hang on doorknobs. I was given minimal training and sent out to walk the neighborhood, knocking on doors.

I’m not sure what information went into building the lists, other than voter rolls. It did seem that people I talked to who were on the list were more likely to be supporting Obama than other people who came to the door, so some effort to identify likely supporters probably went into it.

Upon making contact, the idea is to determine whether the individual supports Obama, then encourage them to vote in the primary and the caucus, and make sure they have the information to do so. Talking to people about which candidate they support was not as uncomfortable as I’d thought it might be, and Obama supporters are much more interested in continuing the conversation than non-supporters, which is exactly what you want from a get-out-the-vote perspective. I would note down information for each person about whether I was able to contact them, who they’re supporting, etc.

So, not exactly rocket science, but I do think they’ve struck a good balance between having enough organization to maintain good information, and not wasting any time before sending volunteers out into the field. I did have several conversations with people who support Obama and seemed interested in caucusing but didn’t really know what the deal was. Explaining that to as many people as possible is very important.

I didn’t have the energy at the end of the day to hang around with the other campaign folks, but it seems like a good group of people (and a diverse mix by age/race/gender). I caught up on sleep a bit at the expense of a late start today, but now I’m headed back out there.

Go Obama!

Vegas -> Dallas -> Austin

03.01.08


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Well, I got about what I expected from US Airways, with a delayed flight and a missed connection in Vegas.  Fortunately, I was able to re-book on American Airlines flights to Austin via Dallas that should get me to Austin by 9:00 am.  Sleep was never in the cards tonight anyway, and I’ll still have time not only to make my noon orientation, but to hit Curra’s with Jeff beforehand.   Here’s hoping my luggage shows up.

Ah, Las Vegas.  A city built on hot sand, broken dreams, and $5 lobster. Apparently gambling is big here:

Vegas airport slots

And yes, Kenny Rogers is a whore:

Kenny Rogers is weak