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  •  I'm with you, awcomeon.... (4+ / 0-)

    and today I finally took the plunge, went down to our Campaign for Change office and made 60 calls.  The first one was the toughest, of course.

    I was given a list of elderly, active voters who had no declared party affiliation.

    I live in a very traditional, very white part of the country where guns, hunting and snow machines are a big deal. I prepared myself to hear an earful...

    ....and I didn't have a single nasty conversation, not one.  A couple were short and quite terse, the rest quite pleasant, fun even.    

    Yes, I'll do it again.

    Then I'll work up to knocking on doors....

    •  Thanx so much for sharing that. I am amazed at (2+ / 0-)
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      Blue Intrigue, mamamedusa

      how many great ideas I've gotten on this one thread!  I guess that saying, "Ask and ye shall receive",  still applies on a daily basis.  'Cause I've sure been asking the Lord for some courage to do my part in getting Obama elected!

      You have no idea how much I appreciate you taking the time to tell me about your experiences today.  I feel my mojo coming back! Really!  (LOL)  

      Peace, friend.  

      •  My worst door-knocks haven't been that bad. (2+ / 0-)
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        Blue Intrigue, awcomeon

        The worst I've gotten so far is an abrupt, "I'm a McCain man" with the door closed quickly.  This, in a small midwestern town with a lot of elderly conservative White people.

        Approaching with a smile and genuine attitude of community service goes a long way.  It helps to know that every door-knock, even the ones where someone basically tells me to go away, is productive.  Those closed doors are more information:  No one from the Obama campaign ever needs to spend any time on that voter again.  Good; that's useful data.  Move on to someone we might persuade.

        •  I never thought about even the rejections by (1+ / 0-)
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          Blue Intrigue

          McCain voters being positive information for the Obama campaign to use.  DEFINITELY makes a difference in the way I think about canvassing and phone banking now.

          Each comment has helped me learn more and more.  All have been valuable.  Yours is another excellent one.  Heartfelt thanks to every one of you!

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