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  •  O, Ye of little faith... (8+ / 0-)

    I seem to be a voice 'crying in the wilderness' here.  As a lifelong Arkansan working in the Repub stronghold of Benton Co., AR, I see Obama signs in yards all over the place.  I even had to give up my yard sign in favor of my neighbor with a more visible location on the highway.  Newly registered voters have signed up in large numbers, yard signs, buttons and T-shirts have run out and we've ordered more.  We have registered Repubs coming in and getting signs, volunteering to work the phones.  Our registration efforts have netted 7,000 new voters in 8 weeks.

    If McCain wins Arkansas, it will not be by a large margin.  The white evangelical churches are 'dancing around the fire', spewing lies and hatred.  But not all white Arkies are evangelicals.  I have had not one single negative comment on my Obama bumper sticker, or even the 'Rednecks for Obama' bumper sticker.  I wear my Obama button everywhere, 'trolling for Republicans' and I get not one nibble.  A lot of smiles and a lot of 'love your button' comments from Wal-Mart Checkers.  

    My point is:  If I can't draw an 'ass-chewing' in Benton Co, AR, then what is taking place on the ground elsewhere in Arkansas?  

    On Nov 4th, I plan to be at the County watch party, you'll know me by my chewed fingernails.  But, I sincerely believe that my fellow Arkansans are not so stupid as some would think.

    Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining!

    by Arkieboy on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:20:00 PM PDT

    •  Long tradition (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm from the Hot Springs area. There's a lot of folks who voted for the right Dem before (Bill). Once they're in that booth, a bunch of them might change their minds.

    •  Be the change you want... (2+ / 0-)
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      CenLamar, tresgatos

      Thanks Arkieboy and all the other Razorcrats working to get Obama elected here in Arkansas. Our phone banks have been mostly pointed at Missouri. We've been organizing weekend and day trips to Missouri. A few weekends ago, over 600 people traveled from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas to canvass in Missouri.

      Just this morning, I had 8 friends pile in two cars and drive up to KC to canvass. We are doing all we can but resources are extremely limited. Yard signs don't vote but they do attract people to my booth on the Fayetteville Square and I registered a lot of new voters, signed up dozens of new volunteers and I've directed at least a hundred people to join the 130,000 that have voted early in Arkansas so far.

      Kim and Magan and Bianca are coordinating all kinds of phone banks in the Fayetteville Field Office and planning events.

      It really is inspiring each Saturday morning to walk into that office and see if filled with people of all ages, colors and economic back grounds calling and calling and calling.

      I've had some of my staunchest republican friends come up to me and whisper that they will be voting for Obama this year.

      Arkansas may not tip but I think we might be closer than projected come November 4th. Maybe 2012 we will be a battleground.

      November 2nd from 6p to 9p we are meeting at US Pizza on Dickson Street for one last big phone bank party.

      November 4th, the Washington County Democrats will meet at the Town Center to watch the election results.

      There is Hope for Arkansas!

      •  We been humpin' it...Bro (1+ / 0-)
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        tresgatos

        Greetings!  From the other comments, I gather that Benton and Washington Co are the best kept secrets of the Obama Campaign.  The unfortunate thing is... most non Arkies view us as snuff-dippin', ball-cap wearin' ignoramuses.  News Flash... those folks don't even vote.  

        Obama gave up on Arkansas in the Primary... and frankly, his money was better spent elsewhere in these battleground states that he had to pull into his camp.  Most of them are there now and all we have to do is keep them there all the way to the election.  

        Arkansas' 6 electoral votes don't really count for squat compared to FL, PA, MO and OH.  I think it would be a great moral victory for Obama to carry Ark.  

        It can be done... East Arkansas is a shoe-in for Obama.  High A/A population, the same goes for most of the counties in South Ark.  North Central Ark will be a hard sell, because of the high concentration of McCain people.  However, Washington County is a key.  You U of A kids are doing a super job down there.  In Benton Co, us old white people are busting our hump, too.  Crawford Co, and Sebastian Co are going to be tight.  If Washington Co and Benton Co turn out big... Arkansas  could possibly go Obama on Nov 4.  Pulaski Co will go for Obama.  The rest of the state does not have enough population to matter.  However, some of the Southern Counties have 30% +/- A/A populations.  

        Then, there is the F*** It! factor.  Borderline McCain supporters either stay home or switch their vote in the booth.  The BIAS effect, I voted for him But I Ain't Sayin'

        Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining!

        by Arkieboy on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 05:43:59 PM PDT

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        •  Not just the college kids down here... (0+ / 0-)

          I agree with your assessment of the state. Fort Smith (my home town) is a lost cause. I'm convinced it is something in the water.

          Fayetteville is a shoe-in. Rest of Washington County is a toss-up. But I'm getting a lot of good feedback... and I'm talking to everyone I can.

          The college kids are rocking. They were registering new voters all summer long, canvass all the time and have parties like, well, like college kids do.

          But the best part to me is the older volunteers. I'm 40 but I'm one of the young ones. There are some many older volunteers. Heck, there are so many volunteers. I think we might surprise 'em on election night. Seeing all those people working together is inspiring - hopeful. Haven't felt that in 8 years.

          And there is no, none, zip organized Republican presence down here. I actually had a woman ask me if I knew where to get her a McCain sign. I gave her an Obama Biden sticker instead.

          •  Late reply... (0+ / 0-)

            Yes we can!  Now, let's surprise the hell out of all of these guys!  Then, on to 2010 and the Congressional race.  Look really closely at the 'Protest Vote' on Nov 4th against Boozman.  That will be the key.  If enough vote for the Green Party candidate, then either Boozman will get beat or it will inspire a viable opponent in 2010.  

            Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining!

            by Arkieboy on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 09:03:36 PM PDT

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