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In my little corner of NC the Republicans and Teajadists continue to take signs, disrupt our tables at the early voting locations, and harass people at the polls. I have a neighbor who has had their Obama signs stolen THREE TIMES! I replaced the sign twice, but now I'm out of signs.

This same neighbor was telling me about some disturbing possible-intimidation that is happening to people assisting voters. Apparently she isn't alone in complaining about something fishy going on at our polls. The local newspaper had a front-page article alleging many more complaints yesterday.

On the signs, it is tempting to go out and get revenge. Sign theft is juvenile and wrong, but for the immature dickheads that make up the Republican party, this is par for the course. I am reminded by a friend that Yard signs don't vote.

Its just frustrating, because I feel like I'm being attacked by a bunch of school-yard bullies. I keep remembering the actual bullies that harassed and assaulted me all through school all the way up until I became a recluse late in high school.

One last thing WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS! My OFA office is having a hard time getting anyone to come in. You would think that with such a close election that people would be inclined to come out and spare an hour or three, but that is not the case. Most of the people on my list are "too busy" or "didn't sign up for that" (a lie because this list is compiled from people who checked "I want to volunteer" on those commit to vote cards) or suddenly they decide that we have the wrong number. Motherfucker, I KNOW you are making shit up. Do YOU know how important it is for us to get turnout? Do YOU know that by saying no to us means that we just lost at least 20 votes?

A lot of this frustration stems from other life experiences, where I have been left to do everything on my own. My senior project was 95% me, when it was supposed to be a four person job. I couldn't get the thing done because my teammates decided to play Rock Band and dick around on Myspace instead of help out. I was abandoned during a community college finals project as well, when the teammate who was supposed to provide a network diagram spent 5 minutes on MS Paint instead (it was so bad it was funny. I wasn't amused.) I'm trying to go Pro at a certain hobby. Guess how many people in my playtest group I can count on? Zero.

I look at the local Democratic party here, and I empathize with the uphill battle that they face, but I am also jealous of what the other side is doing. There are homemade Romney signs everywhere. We can barely keep a pair of people at the early voting locations. I have a lot of ideas for some theatrics or demonstrations to fight back, but I don't have the manpower and the party skews older anyway. I don't want to put those guys in harm's way with a potentially dangerous protest.

We're also not working together (OFA and the local party) as well as we could have. This is partly a manpower issue, but the people from the local party make a few phone calls and canvas exclusively for the local downticket candidates when a) Most of them are losing this election by 10% or more, b) They don't have the updated voter lists that OFA has, and c) They would be 10x more effective putting that time into OFA's efforts instead. I think its smarter to use the infrastructure and lists that OFA has and to push for straight ticket voting. That way, if we do win this thing for the President, the candidates down the ballot have a snowball's chance in hell of actually winning their elections as well. I love these guys, but I think they can do better with the limited resources that they have.

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  •  They also steal signs from polling places (5+ / 0-)

    They have a wolfpack mentality going on at the polling sites far outnumbering Dem volunteers.

    "In Japan, American occupation forces quickly became 50,000 friends. In Iraq, they would quickly become 50,000 terrorist targets. " James Webb, Sep 02

    by ParaHammer on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 07:23:50 AM PDT

  •  It would have been better for OFA (7+ / 0-)

    to combine resources with the local Dem party. I volunteer for our local Dems, which means I don't also have time to volunteer for OFA.   But we don't just advocate downticket.  We ask people to vote straight Dem. If they won't, THEN we suggest important issues relating to downticket votes and sometimes we can get the person to split the ticket, which is better than nothing.

    I wish I knew what county you are in but I can see why you wouldn't want to say.  I feel like our Dems in our NC county are working as hard as they can. Yes, it's getting harder to get volunteers, but I think that's because people are completely OD'd on the election. We don't have many hand-made Romney signs here.   Or Obama signs, for that matter.  The OFA didn't have very many. I got one and it's in my yard. My neighbors like me so they don't steal it, but a lot of the Dem signs get stolen.  They steal ours, but we dont' steal theirs.

    Well, I hope your county isn't representative of many more.  Thanks for what you are doing. I know hanging in there with little assistance is demoralizing but you are providing as much help as you can.   That's all you can do.

    •  Yeah, I want to stay on good terms (2+ / 0-)
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      I love these people. They are my friends. I don't want to stir up animosity in these last few days despite my criticism of the way that we are doing things right now. I wish we could give the local party our lists and coordinate more effectively so that we're not calling the same people multiple times, but according to my field organizer there are election finance laws that make that impossible. I know people are getting sick of us calling, so it would be nice if we could just call them once per election stage instead of four or five times (OFA, local Democratic party, local candidate campaigns, PACs, etc.)

      Thank you for helping out. I agree that getting a split ticket for some Dem candidates is better than nothing. I've seen in other diaries how some people are voting Obama and voting for Pat McCrory. That baffles me shrug

      The few volunteers that we have right now are working HARD, like you said. We're still getting hundreds of doors knocked and hundreds more calls made despite the shortage of manpower. Imagine how many more people we can reach if we had just a few more volunteers? Unfortunately, I am afraid that we will miss a few voters if we continue to have flake outs and no responses from the potential volunteer lists.

      My county is deep red. In Asheville things are completely different. Obama signs everywhere, stores selling Obama shirts, etc. Its beautiful and fitting for such a environmentally and socially conscious city.

      No matter what, I'm not going to wake up on Wednesday saying to myself "I didn't do enough." I'll do what I can. I just hope more people decide to do what they can as well.

  •  This is the kind of irrationality you get when a (3+ / 0-)
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    desperate party is pouring gasoline on their red-hot-with-angerandhate constituency.  Good for you for hanging in there and for giving us the pulsebeat for your area.  

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:06:25 AM PDT

  •  They steal signs (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, entrelac

    here in western PA also. Very sad. I went and put some up today but am holding some in reserve because I know they will get taken down and I will need to replace them. Maybe some folks are noticing they are disppearing and put 2+2 together? Probably not. And what is truly ironic is their signs say to "Keep America Free- Fire Obama" Free to do what- steal other people's property? Very sad.

  •  As President Obama said "Unity is how we overcome. (0+ / 0-)

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    by We Won on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:38:02 AM PDT

  •  The Republican Party is under a Consent Decree (0+ / 0-)

    not to do any of this stuff.

    There was a diary here on KOs earlier in October citing the original ruling and it's modifications.  It only party that can sue for enforcement of the decree is the DNC, but I would think they would be happy to.

    To Goldman Sachs in according to their desires, From us in accordance with the IRS.

    by Bluehawk on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:52:14 AM PDT

  •  Also from the behavior you describe (0+ / 0-)

    I would say that you are somewhere near  Winston-Salem.

    To Goldman Sachs in according to their desires, From us in accordance with the IRS.

    by Bluehawk on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:53:36 AM PDT

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