|Crowded canvassing headquarters|
Those early organizational efforts are now bearing fruit, as I clearly saw when I took part in a highly-organized canvassing drive this weekend.
Let me tell you, if the drive here in Portland is any indication of the Democratic ground game nationally, President Obama will win going away on Tuesday.
|Mayor Adams rallies the troops|
I'd actually decided earlier the year that I wasn't going to participate in this election as vigorously as I have in the past. But the caller was courteous, so I listened. He gave me the wheres and whens for the drive, but the call came as I was driving home from work. I wasn't in any position to write down the particulars. I explained this. His response? "No problem. We've got your email. I'll send you a reminder." I was impressed.
So, about 2pm on Saturday, I made my way down to the Defend Oregon Headquarters on 6th and Stark to participate in a get-out-the-vote canvassing operation.
|Defend Oregon folks instruct the volunteers|
|Fired up, ready to go|
"We're not collecting ballots," our instructor told us. "We're reminding people that it is time to vote and informing them of ballot collection points in their neighborhoods." Real easy. No message to sell. Just reminding folks to get their ballots in.
|My canvassing partner, Faye, on the right|
I got partnered up with Faye, a woman from my own neighborhood. She's professor emeritus from Portland Sate and quite a personable woman. We drove to the Alameda neighborhood, right in the heart of Northeast Portland.
In 2010, when I volunteered with the Kitzhaber campaign, I learned that the single best predictor of how a person will vote is the neighborhood in which he lives. Well, Alameda is a very blue neighborhood. My canvassing data had me literally knocking on two to five doors on every street block. Obama/Biden campaign signs were everywhere.
|A map with specific addresses to visit|
The reception I received from folks was fairly positive. Several people thanked me for canvassing.
Darkness was coming down fast when we headed back to headquarters. Volunteers ate bread and soup from Old Wive's Tales. (I took a bowl of very rich and hearty split pea. It was the perfect post-canvassing repast.)
All in all, it was a highly-organized, efficient operation.
Democrats have the ground game, folks. Republicans have never been able to match it.
Bring on Tuesday.