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    •  Well the way I do it the old-fashioned way. (6+ / 0-)

      I talk to as many people directly as I can.  That's really the only way to do it.  And that means we have to be on the ground with big numbers of people.  And it helps if you're working an area where you are local.  People distrust outsiders, especially in rural areas, which is where I end up doing most of my GOTV.  There's really no other way to reach people that are generally disconnected from politics and physically isolated.  But I find this holds true in suburbia as well.

      There are no quick fixes.  Our candidates need to be out there fighting like hell, the president needs to ratchet the rhetoric of the last few days up a few more notches and we have to do the footwork on the ground.

      One thing that absolutely doesn't help GOTV at all is sitting around day after day trying to annihilate people who don't share your enthusiasm or disappoint with pithy commentary on a blog, flinging pie with reckless abandon.  We'd all be better off to get up out of our chairs and hit the streets.  I've been hoping that was something we could all agree on, but recent conversations here indicate I'm wrong.

      "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway

      by Got a Grip on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 07:34:41 PM PDT

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      •  But seems that's what you have been doing (5+ / 0-)

        One thing that absolutely doesn't help GOTV at all is sitting around day after day trying to annihilate people who don't share your enthusiasm or disappoint with pithy commentary on a blog, flinging pie with reckless abandon.

        your own admission

        I've been trying to get this across here for quite a while  

        and

          They just know that the Democrats control both houses of Congress and the Oval Office and that's where they lay the blame.

        Sooooo, what do you tell them, to get them to vote?  With so many needs unmet , afraid my sympathies are tending to be with the public and unions, teachers and others who plan to go insist on "the change we voted for:"

        Historic March on Washington, 10-2-10

        Rec list diary up with details.

        Daily Kos: 10.2.10 March on Washington - Mother Ship

        •  We don't have a disagreement here. (3+ / 0-)
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          My sympathies are in the same place as yours.  I'm very disappointed in what has transpired over the last two years.

          Nevertheless, I encounter teh stoopid every day and I do my best to counteract that.  I don't think it's in anyone's best interest to hand the reigns over to the Republicans.  And beyond that, I just hate bad information.  So I patiently explain the real facts and engage in conversation to dispel teh stoopid.

          If this were a presidential election year then things might be different.  But this isn't about electing a president, this is about electing the best people to represent my interests and the people around me in local, state and federal seats.  So I can stuff down my very real concerns about policy decisions emanating from the White House over the last two years to try to educate as many people as I can on how to best serve their interests with the candidates before us.  

          "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway

          by Got a Grip on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 08:23:11 PM PDT

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