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  •  Woulda been nice to get NC...but FLA hurts just (8+ / 0-)

    as bad.....;-)

    •  There were grassroots teams (9+ / 0-)

      in deeply red states that spent their energy phonebanking into all of the swing states. I worked on the ground in VA too, albeit briefly, and the organization at the ground level was truly impressive. OFA knew what it was doing...much lower key than in 08 but coldly effiecient in other ways....almost Republican in efficiency! LOL but on the correct side of course! :-)

      I really do love that we were able to do so much with so much less money!

      Next cycle...turning Texas blue (or...at least more purple in 2014!)

      "one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress" -- John Adams

      by blue armadillo on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:35:45 AM PST

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      •  my husband made calls to Ohio & VA, since we live (2+ / 0-)
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        in Blue Maryland (well, the densely populated parts of the state are blue, enough to give Obama and our Democratic Congresspersons big wins).
        We volunteered in VA on the morning of the election day, knocking on doors of Democratic and lean Democratic voters to remind them to vote and give them info if they needed it. This was in Arlington, VA and they had teams going in the morning and then going back to the same locations in the afternoon! Amazing organization!
        It was also uplifting since it's a very young and ethnically diverse area, full of Obama supporters. OFA told my husband that in 2008 (I think it was, not 2010) they got 80% turnout in that area! And of course, the higher the turnout in Northern Virginia, particularly areas like that, the higher the likelihood of Democrats doing well in Virginia since that part of Virginia is where most of the Democrats are.

        We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

        by Tamar on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 07:02:06 AM PST

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        •  I was canvassing in the Mount Vernon area (2+ / 0-)
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          the day before the election...the organization was being run out of a supporter's garage and the set up was very smooth and well run. And yes, the number of volunteers covering the area was IMPRESSIVE to say the least...we knocked on doors of people that had been contacted before to remind them of the election the next day and I know there were plans to have canvassers out on election day to make sure they GOT OUT TO THE POLLS!!!!

          I saw lots of MD teams heading into NoVa for this effort. I had originally intended to go further into VA to the Hampton Roads area to canvass but just couldn't arrange to get down there. The poor organizer in Newport News was on the phone saying "Northern VA is getting ALL the volunteers!!"  LOL...but I know it was just more accessible for folks to cross over for some daytime canvassing and get back home to MD.

          It was great...a real step up from the already impressive work of OFA in 08.

          I don't think the Dems give Howard Dean enough (ANY!) credit for building the original model with DFA and really pushing the grassroots 50-state strategy. With trained volunteers in every state, they can be, like a good army, deployed anywhere...and still be ready to work at home at any time.

          We need to keep this and nurture it for the next cycle.

          "one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress" -- John Adams

          by blue armadillo on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:43:27 AM PST

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          •  I give Dean credit. I wasn't a Deaniac, but I've (1+ / 0-)
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            always liked him and thought his 50-state strategy was the reason we got Obama elected in the first place.
            And you're right -- we took the Metro into Northern Virginia, spent a few hours there, returned our materials, and took the Metro back. We could do that even though we had our 12-year-old with us (no school). We couldn't have gone farther away without trying her patience and ours beyond anyone's tolerance! (she's not a naturally political person. Although when her Hebrew School teacher asked the class the meaning of God sending a rainbow after the flood -- our clever daughter said "it meant that God thinks gay marriage should be legal everywhere." Needless to say, I was a proud mother!).

            We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

            by Tamar on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:41:38 AM PST

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    •  Florida hurts more for GOP: 29 lost EVs v. NC's 15 (0+ / 0-)

      And a more restrictive registration and tricky Rick Scott. There was no path to the Presidency w/o Fla and Ohio.

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