Thursday, October 16, 2008

Debate Three, the Real Aftermath

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Before the debate started, our Obama group had a meeting on GOTV, or "Get the Vote Out". The plans of the campaign for the last few weeks, and especially the last 3 day run-up to the election.

The pundits will spin all day, they'll get to the facts McCain got wrong, they'll talk about how McCain looks in hi-def, they'll talk form and function. Our group (about 135 for the training, and about 60 for the debate) alternately laughed, booed, and corrected during the debate.

But for me, the debate didn't matter, and it shouldn't to you, either. We know where we stand, and we know what we need to do.

If you haven't committed to working November 1, 2, 3, 4, you need to. Call your local office and sign up. NONE of the rhetoric, the speeches, the surrogates, the pundits, the excitement, the money, NONE OF IT means ANYTHING if we do not get our vote out.

The target audience for GOTV is that group of voters who vote "sometimes". The people who think we're so far ahead that it doesn't matter if they vote. The people who come home from work tired. The people for whom this is their first election, and they are either confused, or frightened, or both.

While the McShame campaign will have robocalls and mass mailings, thee Obama GOTV efforts are actual phone calls and actual door knocks. The difference is between a "vote for me" message, and the alternative of actually speaking to a voter, answering to their concerns, making sure they have a ride to the polls, and like that.

So enjoy the spin room today, and then, GET OUT THERE!!!

If you don't live in a swing state, get thee to one that is. We'll arrange lodging. Can't travel? You can make calls from home.

And if you say you're "too busy" or "don't like making phone calls" or "are afraid to knock on doors" and you don't believe me when I say, yes, there's training, and we send out canvassers in teams....then ask yourself this:

If I can't convince you to help us win the election, how am I going to convince that on-the-bubble voter who needs just a little more help to come on over?