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In the past week, I've written one diary giving my thoughts about phonebanking and another one asking about the curious lack of interest in the competitive LA-04 U.S House race.  Now that brownsox has written a FP story on LA-04 and has even provided a link to the DCCC phonebanking tool, I get to write yet another diary that combines these two concerns.

This diary is for mutual support, publicizing the effort, sharing stories, and -- as I do below -- trying to improve on the script, which is ... improvable on.

Here's the message we're supposed to leave on answering machines:

Hi, My name is _________ and I am calling on behalf of Paul Carmouche for Congress to remind you to Vote this Saturday, December 6th. You were a part of a very historic day when our country elected Barack Obama and Paul Carmouche needs your support this Saturday to institute the type of change our country and our community needs. If you have any questions or need a ride to the polls, please give us a call back at 318-703-3711. Thanks and please remember to vote this Saturday!

I have made one call so far and left one message.  This is not good stuff.

Here's my first attempt at a rewrite:

Hi, My name is _______ and I am calling on behalf of Paul Carmouche for Congress to remind you to vote TOMORROW, December 6th.

Our country decided to vote for change one month ago when we elected Barack Obama.  Paul Carmouche will help bring us the change we need.  His opponent's negative advertising has tried to change the issue to anything BUT how the current government has messed up the economy.  Don't let them get away with that.  Come out and vote tomorrow and tell these people that we MEANT it when we said we need change.  In a low turnout election like this, every vote we cast matters all the more.  If you have any questions or need a ride to the polls, please call us at 318-703-3711. Thanks for your attention and for voting Paul Carmouche and the change we need!

OK, how would you rewrite it?  Don't be afraid to change the wording, it's not exactly like we're defacing the Mona Lisa.

Originally posted to Doane Spills on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 09:40 AM PST.

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Will you be making calls for Paul Carmouche?

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  •  I shall now do something gauche (9+ / 0-)

    I am asking for Recommends.  Put this on this Rec List so that we can recruit more people to make calls.  This is what we're about.

    The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

    by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 09:41:31 AM PST

  •  By the way, if anyone from DCCC sees this: (4+ / 0-)

    You invite people to leave a message, but you don't have a button for people to indicate that they have done so after the call.  Instead, we just have to click "not home."  I expect that this is frustrating for callers.  Get on the stick.

    The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

    by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 09:44:35 AM PST

    •  Another memo to DCCC (1+ / 0-)
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      Neon Vincent

      Dupes.  You have not eliminated duplicate entries -- different people at the same number -- from your phone list.  Calling the same number twice in a row makes the caller feel stupid and irritates the person answering the phone.  This is not good.

      The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 10:24:26 AM PST

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  •  This is not a particularly clean list (1+ / 0-)
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    SundayHighway

    I'm calling Nachitoches -- about half of the numbers so far have been wrong.

    It might have been worth investing in a cleaner list.

    The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

    by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 09:58:33 AM PST

    •  Same thing happened to me (1+ / 0-)
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      Seneca Doane

      When I called a few weeks ago for the last election. Bunch of wrong numbers. There are a lot of college kids here, lots of poor people, and a lot of elderly people here, so that could factor in to why we keep getting wrong numbers.

      •  Then we just need more people to call (1+ / 0-)
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        SundayHighway

        Just because other people seem to have lost interest in the poor people of Louisiana who ought to be electing a Democrat tomorrow doesn't mean that this site should be.

        I'm not happy with the list, but I'm also unhappy at the lack of effort here today.

        The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

        by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 10:14:17 AM PST

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    •  Correction: I think it's Natchez (0+ / 0-)

      I misread the gibberish abbreviation on a phone list site.

      The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 04:51:33 PM PST

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      •  Nope it's the first one (0+ / 0-)

        But they pronounce it in a way that I cannot reproduce here.  I didn't want to ask people to keep repeating it for fear of seeming rude.

        The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

        by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 06:22:29 PM PST

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  •  Question (0+ / 0-)

    How conservative is Carmouche?  Will he ever vote for Obama's agenda, or is he just going to be like a Republican?  

    For example, the election of Bobby Bright (AL-2) did us no good, as Bright has already signaled his intention to consistently vote with the Repubs on everything, and basically behave like a Zell Miller.  He specifically stated his opposition to the bailout of auto companies and Employee Free Choice Act (which just two Democrats opposed in 2007), and worse, justified it by stating that he will defend foreign car companies that bring jobs to Alabama.

    John McCain's Something for Everyone Plan: Military draft for youth, SS benefit cuts for elderly, Middle Class destruction, stock market plunge for wealthy.

    by IhateBush on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 10:16:09 AM PST

    •  Make your own decision (0+ / 0-)

      Here's his website.  I posted his entire issues page on the previous diary to which I linked above.

      He's socially conservative and pro-drilling.  He'll probably be decent on most economic issues and a hell of a lot better than his opponent.  But even the prospect of not seeing more "Democrats continue to lose ground since election" headlines should be enough to get people here to pick up the phone for a half hour.

      The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 10:20:20 AM PST

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      •  Socially conservative is probably needed in LA (0+ / 0-)

        but what we don't need is another Zell Miller, as Bobby Bright from Alabama has already signaled that he will be.

        If you can't vote for EFCA and health care, you are not a Democrat, IMO.  

        John McCain's Something for Everyone Plan: Military draft for youth, SS benefit cuts for elderly, Middle Class destruction, stock market plunge for wealthy.

        by IhateBush on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 10:25:27 AM PST

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        •  Here's a chunk of what's on his site: (0+ / 0-)

          The Economy:

          In Congress Paul will focus on creating jobs and restoring strength to our economy.

          Washington has our economy on the wrong track and spending is not in check.

          Paul will end corporate welfare for companies that are shipping good paying American jobs overseas.

          Leaving Iraq with honor:

          Paul believes we should leave Iraq, but we must do so with honor.

          We are spending too much money in Iraq and not enough at home where we need it. It is putting the country in financial jeopardy.

          We must take care of our veterans: The heroes who put their lives on the line to fight for our country bymaking sure that they have the best healthcare when they return home.

          The Middle Class pay too much in taxes:

          Paul opposes higher taxes and new taxes, especially for the middle class and small businesses. The wealthy and big corporations that move American jobs overseas should pay more of their fair share.

          Paul will look for opportunities to make the tax system fairer for working people, the middle class and small businesses.

          Louisiana families deserve tax relief and tax cuts that put money back in their pocket!

          Education is the key to opportunity:

          Education begins at home with strong families.

          Paul will push for legislation that gives Northwest Louisiana schools the resources they need to educate young people.

          Paul will fight to make college more affordable and access to technical schools, community colleges and job training more available.

          He doesn't mention health care.  My guess is that he'll be more likely to support something good than his opponent will.

          The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

          by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 10:31:26 AM PST

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          •  Again this is ok (1+ / 0-)
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            Seneca Doane

            My guess is that he'll be more likely to support something good than his opponent will.

            when we are at 230 seats.  When we have 257 seats likely in the bank, a right-wing Rethug is better than a Zell Miller Democrat, as at least the Rethug cannot serve as an effective media bogeyman who aids the Rethug Party.  In retrospect, I would have loved to see the Jay Love, the right-wing Rethug, have won that close race in AL-2, than a guy who took 10K from the UAW and now claims that he doesn't remember that he ever got the money.

            Carmouche seems ok enough on the economic issues, however.

            John McCain's Something for Everyone Plan: Military draft for youth, SS benefit cuts for elderly, Middle Class destruction, stock market plunge for wealthy.

            by IhateBush on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 11:03:01 AM PST

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  •  I made some calls. People are Nice!! (3+ / 0-)

    "Have a Blessed Day"...for example.

    I suggested on brownsox's FP thread that we get a calendar in advance so we can plan ahead for phonebanking.

    Had I known (been hit over the head multiple times?) in advance, I would have been able to do more.

    It feels good to talk to voters across the country.

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 10:17:50 AM PST

    •  "It feels good to talk to voters" (2+ / 0-)
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      LNK, RadioGirl

      Absolutely.  For all the wrong numbers I've just had, I also talked to a woman (I had been given a work number) who said she'd pass the word to everyone in her office.

      Given everything that we've done, in the past, to try to swing a single seat -- remember the Ciro Rodriguez race? -- ignoring this race here is nuts.  It's tied!!!

      The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 10:23:00 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for your help! (2+ / 0-)
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        LNK, Seneca Doane

        Brandon from DCCC Online here.  Thanks to everyone who's participating in our virtual phonebank!

        These calls will make a huge difference.
        The AP is calling this race "up-for-grabs" so it'll be all about who can get more of their voters to the polls.

        We also appreciate all the feedback on our virtual phonebanking tool.  We're always trying to improve our system so your suggestions are particularly useful.  You can always leave comments for us on the DCCC blog at http://dccc.org/...

        Thanks again!

        •  Thanks Brandon -- I will be replying to this (1+ / 0-)
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          LNK

          comment with various feedback.  Here's the first bit.

          Of my first twenty numbers assigned to me, here's the breakdown:

          6 actual calls
          4 duplicates (two voters with same number)
          9 wrong numbers
          1 wrong number that was also a duplicate

          That's bad for productivity and morale.  This is in what I take to be a poor area in Natchitoches, so to an extent some of this is inevitable, but still: this is a tough slog.

          This is the sort of thing that the 51-state, 436-district (counting DC) strategy is supposed to fix: it looks to me that there just hasn't been the work done in this district to develop lists of active voters.  (I'm assuming that the DCCC would have access to the best lists, and would be using them here.)  In this district, that needed to have been done before now and it wasn't.

          (One suggestion on avoiding dupes -- allow more than one name on the same page per phone number.  Yes, I could note the numbers as ones I've already called, but the system doesn't make that easy; I have to remember the prior number when looking at the next one, rather than seeing them side by side.  I called four out of those six dupes before realizing that I had really better pay attention to it.)

          Again, thanks for all the work that you do, beyond what we do out here in the field.

          The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

          by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 11:59:22 AM PST

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        •  It would be great if you could insert a (1+ / 0-)
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          LNK

          "left message" button on the form.  I keep on hitting "no answer" after my calls, so it would appear to someone reviewing my results as if I'm not accomplishing anything.  In fact, I've left a lot of messages on machines and have spoken to several people other than the targeted voter, asking them to pass on the word to the voter and to anyone else they can find.  But it looks like a "no contact," because I can't tell you anything about what the listed voter is planning on doing tomorrow.  This is failing to give you the information you need to get a sense of what's happening.

          By the way, when I started today, I was ranked #1.  I came back after being elsewhere much of the afternoon and now I am ranked #2.  I am afraid that only two people are calling.  Perhaps you could write a diary tomorrow morning to get people on the phone?  I'll spend all day on this, but the effort feels feeble right now.

          The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

          by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 04:39:43 PM PST

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  •  2 pages...click yes takes you to second page (1+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane

    I didn't realize it at first.

    Back to calling.

    Why isn't everybody from Daily Kos doing this?

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 03:48:11 PM PST

    •  Well, you've got a diary left today (0+ / 0-)

      and we've got 90 minutes left.  Care to write about it?  Or maybe after 8 p.m. Central?

      The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 04:26:22 PM PST

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    •  I finally got to talk to an actual voter (0+ / 0-)

      and got to the second screen; now I know what you've been talking about.

      I've never done this before, but I gave her the campaign's number and told her to call all of her friends!  (I hate to be pushy, but....)  She seemed like a really nice woman.

      The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 04:47:00 PM PST

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  •  My version of speech/phone message (1+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane

    My name is...........
    Do you have a minute?......

    I'm a volunteer for Barack Obama.....

    ----------then I launch into my personal mission....why I want to get more Democrats in Congress.........

    .........I was injured at work, Dems passed law to prevent injuries like mine, Republicans tore it up.......etc.

    -----------Election Dec. 6, etc. etc.

    [This got me a much better reception than the string of people who hung up when I launched into the boilerplate message on the screen].

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 03:57:26 PM PST

    •  It's usually better when you customize it (1+ / 0-)
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      LNK

      Your message sounds like it will be powerful.

      When I reach them, I'm just going with:

      Did you know there's an election tomorrow?  Are you going to vote for the Democrat?  GREAT!  We really need your help.  If you can call everyone you know who can vote there....

      ;7)

      The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 04:55:27 PM PST

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  •  Phonebanking on Dec. 6, yes or no? (1+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane

    I just looked at the website to see about Saturday...It is after midnight Friday = Saturday Dec. 6,  so the site should NOT be telling me:

    The last Congressional race of the year is TOMORROW.

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 09:38:58 PM PST

    •  I hope that it also gives the polling hours (0+ / 0-)

      which -- I've just looked them up -- are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

      I'm going to do a diary promoting this phonebanking when I get up.  If you're on the East Coast, maybe you'd like to do one earlier.  (Or, if not, maybe one later?)

      Your suggestions can also be offered in a reply to Brandon English, above.

      The netroots is what the Letters to the Editor page wanted to be when it grew up.

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 11:21:00 PM PST

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