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I have been canvassing in Cantor's district since July.  Yes I have missed a couple weekends, but mostly I have been there.

Even those voting for Obama which are fewer than those that are voting for Warner are voting for Cantor. He has power, and it is nice to somehow have that power reflected back here.

I am sure that every place has its insults.  

Have you noticed that Richmond is NEVER shown on the Weather Channel?  Have you noticed that everyone wonders if we all say you'all all the time?

But most of Cantor's constituents deserve the insults.

The Democrats are a lonely quiet crowd.  

The Republicans slam their doors in our faces. Here is what happens:

"Hi, I am Tom, I am a volunteer for the Democratic Party..."

"I'm not talking to you." Door closes.

Or one time, to show the other side, I worked with a Sacramento-based Obama Volunteer who spoke loudly across a nice suburban cul-de-sac to a black woman.  "Excuse me, who are you going to vote for?"

She had no choice but to say that she would not tell us.  And why would any black woman tell anyone who they were voting for in the white suburban Capitol of the Confederacy?

No one would lynch her, but still, it could be hard on her kids.  No one to play with.  No one to help with missed homework assignments. Refused sleepovers. Usual suburban angst against the innocent child. It is how we keep everyone else in line

She told me on the sly, quietly.  And he never understood how gently we have to walk.  Every time a Democrat walks on someone's grass, there is gossipy hell to pay. We have to be polite like Gandhi.

They are all about Warner, have no idea who Anita Hartke is, and more and more they are embarrassed to say they are voting for McCain.  I do not want to sound confident, but VA is in the bag.  

Just remember, ABC. Always Be Closing.  (a little love to the young turks)

Originally posted to free electron on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 08:20 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  cantor is a bitch (1+ / 0-)
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    i was so afraid mccain was going to choose him for VP. turns out sarah palin was even worse

  •  Smarmy Cantor is running ads in Richmond (1+ / 0-)
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    so maybe he feels a little threatened. My husband and I both voted absentee for Obama, Warner, and Hartke.

    I have to say that Anita Hartke has been invisible. Had Cantor had a stronger opponent, Dems may have had a better chance in the 7th district with the movement toward Dems in general. I just commented elsewhere on phone banking in central VA in Powhatan County. Obama's support is pleasantly surprising and Warner is onto a landslide.

    •  Didn't she get in before John Warner retired? (0+ / 0-)

      From what I remember, nobody expected him to step down.  

      Then again, I got the impression this was a crimson red district (R+11) ... it would probably take a 15-point Obama win for us to get rid of Cantor.

      "No way, no how, no McCain." Hillary Clinton, 8-27-08

      by Christian Dem in NC on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 09:19:00 PM PDT

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  •  good on ya for trying (0+ / 0-)

    what part of the richmond area are you trying to canvass in?

    by decafdyke on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 08:42:27 PM PDT

  •  VA-7 is probably the most (0+ / 0-)

    Republican district in VA. It includes the most conservative precincts in Richmond, takes in the most conservative suburbs, and then runs into central VA. That part of VA is the most conservative.

    If the Democrats control redistricting I'd probably make sure that the district took in every Republican suburb and reclaim the territory that the GOP legislature gave to VA-4. I would give this district all of Chesterfield, Colonia Heights, Hanover, and Henrico counties.

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