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Dear Mr. Gillespie,

I just saw a clip of you on Al Sharpton's show on MSNBC decrying the idea that the Obama campaign has a superior ground game.  You just flatly denied this fact.

Let me give you a little evidence of WHY, at least in Virginia, the Obama campaign has a FAR superior ground game.

I have a friend.  He's a lifelong political apathetic.  While he lives in Virginia, he is a permanent resident of Pennsylvania.  This year, he pulled me aside and told me that had simply "had enough".  When I asked him why, he said that he was just beyond tired of the Romney campaign's lies.  On a visit to his home state, he registered to vote and, a few weeks ago, sent in his absentee ballot.

Now - I mentioned that he is a resident of Virginia, and he is.  He's in one of those counties that is going to be either very light blue or very light pink.  When I saw him last night (Saturday, November 3), he told me that he had been canvassed by the Romney campaign that day, and that he further had received "10 phone calls" within the last week from the Romney campaign asking for donations.  I asked him if he had ever donated to a Republican candidate before.  His response: "I've never donated to any candidate."  Another important note is that he has lived at this address for a decade.

Here's why our ground game is FAR superior to yours based on the anecdote cited above.  I was out yesterday in Northern Virginia canvassing for Obama.  I have a list.  On that list are addresses, names, approximate ages of MY voters.  It's three days before the election - and if all of the canvass has gone as it should to this point, I should easily be down to a list that is ONLY MY VOTERS.  I should never hit an address where the person inside is not MY voter.  Only in the case where MY voter has moved recently does that occur.

Further: I'm not canvassing people who aren't registered to vote in Virginia.  My lists are culled from voter registration rolls, and we don't waste our time at this phase of the game on unregistered people nor on those who are not OUR voters.  Canvass time is too precious to send someone to a house blindly three days before the election.  That's like flailing around in the dark trying to find a light switch.  You're in the dark - I have a flashlight.  I can see where I'm going - you can't.

So best of luck to you.  In the end, our FAR SUPERIOR ground game in Virginia is going to make you look like an even bigger idiot than you have already shown yourself to be.

Sincerely,
RenaRF - arbiter of your ass-kicking

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  •  Everytime I see Mr. Gillespie (3+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF, nannyboz, Dave the Wave

    I want to suggest that he stop by a gas station and pump some air back in his face.  He appears to have a leak.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Ms Johnson on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 03:38:10 PM PST

  •  Thank you RenaRF (3+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF, nannyboz, steamed rice

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 03:42:53 PM PST

  •  I'm convinced Romney bluffing about his ground gam (4+ / 0-)

    Couple of weeks ago, read a comment from one of his advisers who said that our side was using early vote to get out our most frequent voters, which is the complete opposite of what we're doing. They just don't seem to really know what we're up to.

    But Romney does not have a "ground game." He outsourced that to the RNC and 50 state parties. They are also counting on a big push from evangelical groups from what I've read. Really, it seems like they're counting on GOTV just happening for them.

    I've also read a few articles quoting some pretty bad results for Romney phone-bankers. The lists they are working off of seem as accurate as those Rick Scott used to purge FL voters. Lots of anecdotes about high unanswered call rates, wasting time calling Obama supporters.

    Something else I found strange was Romney's plea to his supporters at his CO rally to go to their neighbors with Obama signs and have a talk with them. That's basically saying they can't win with the base alone.

    •  I'm pretty sure Romney's ground game is (4+ / 0-)

      better than John McCain's, which makes them very proud. But this is a very very low standard of achievement.  

      •  I just find it beyond belief (5+ / 0-)

        that Romney canvassers - who I heard through the Va. Democratic Party was paying canvassers $13/hour (unverified) - are blindly knocking on doors the Saturday before the election.  If you don't know who your voters are at this point in the game, your ground game is shit.

        •  Believe it (1+ / 0-)
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          Eight years ago I was going door to door for Kerry in our town's main African-American neighborhood.  I ran into a group of African-Americans in Bush T -shirts.  They were very friendly and told me that they were going to vote for Kerry, but were being paid to campaign for Bush.  Obviously, their hearts weren't really in it.  As I recall, their main talking point was that Democrats were racist because Robert Byrd had belonged to the Klan back in the forties.

        •  I live in Vegas. Romney canvassers were (1+ / 0-)
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          being paid $15/hour here a few weeks ago.

          "Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet" — Maya Angelou

          by hyper on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:31:34 PM PST

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      •  I think it's an improvement over McCain (5+ / 0-)

        but I don't think they have anything on us, because we've improved ours exponentially over the last four years.

        Here's a great example: Yesterday, my mother received a letter from the Obama campaign thanking her for voting four years ago, asking her to vote again, telling her where her polling place was, and offering her a ride to the polls if she needs one.

        That's just top-notch GOTV. I've never seen anything that tailored to specific voters. It's phenomenal.

        •  Very professional. (2+ / 0-)
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          This is the difference between people who have been working continuously on the Obama ground game for 4 years now (they have had a core staff in Chicago that has been doing just that) and a ground game that was put together in the last 6 months.

          One is living in the micro GOTV age and one is living in a world where money has always been the determining factor.

          Romney is going to lose his second of 3 races.  He can spend his way to win over the Repug second team of the J.V. but no way does he beat the pros as seen by loses to Kennedy and Obama.

          Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

          by 4CasandChlo on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:25:47 PM PST

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    •  John Heillman (1+ / 0-)
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      pointed this out last week on morning joke...

      mittens outsourced (funny!) to RNC which has no national GOTV organization, it's up to each state and they all differ. he also said mittens had no ground game in OH.

      also read that O's field offices are flush with cash, their IT effort is historical in nature and they have hundreds more paid campaign staff. most of all the field offices were banks of cell phones while mittens locations were all landlines.

      mittens is running a 1954 campaign and will have circles run around him by tomorrow night.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 10:48:44 AM PST

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  •  Tell it Rena! You go, you always do and you make (1+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF

    a huge difference in so many ways.
    PS... Our pooties love you.  For what you do and who you are.  Oh yes, they know.  Queen Sadie says so.  She rules our house.

    Andy's two-timin' tail run off wiff mah sig line!

    by nannyboz on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 03:55:12 PM PST

  •  I love diaries like this... (2+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF, MizKit

    ...thanks for your time!

  •  Repubs are not about the ground game (1+ / 0-)
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    Right now, well at least in Ohio, they are bragging about their poll watching system that will give them - supposedly - real time numbers that will tell them where they stand. It sounds like over-creative b.s. I think the real advantage they think they have is that they will try to intimidate voters going to vote with misinformation and trying to challenge their right to vote.

    •  I'm a poll volunteer, first shift, (0+ / 0-)

      on Tuesday.  6-8:30a in N. VA.  Standard responsibility is handing out sample Democratic ballots.  Real responsibility is to ensure that people aren't misled about what they need to vote in VA.  We've had some minor revisions to the voting requirements.  IF you have registered and voted before in the state, you need only bring one form of ID - voter registration card, utility bill, driver's license.  But if you are a first-time voter, you DO have to present your photo ID.  We'll be out there ensuring that the other side isn't telling voters that they MUST have a driver's license to vote - because it's only true in rare first-time voter cases.

    •  the republicans have money... (1+ / 0-)
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      ..and true to republican for they think that is all you need.  That and fixed voting machines.

      We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

      by delver rootnose on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:19:24 PM PST

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  •  He's an anachronism (2+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF, MizKit

    Gillespie's running a campaign suited for the mid-2000s in 2012. I've seen him on television numerous times, and he's just not 'with-it.' He doesn't seem to understand the world has passed him by.  

    Remember Romney's "Retro-active retirement"? He trotted that out as talking point, thinking it would take hold. In the days before social media, it might have. Rush and Fox would have parroted it, it might've taken hold. In the social media world, however, the comment and Gillespie himself became a laughingstock.

    Let the GOP continue to hire him and use him. He's an anachronism and as long as they continue to rely on him, the longer they'll have a guy playing analogue games while we're romping in the digital world.

    And one more thing: FUCK ED GILLESPIE. He's scum.

    "The Weight is a Gift." - Nada Surf

    by AdHack on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:08:49 PM PST

  •  No ground game in NH whatsoever (1+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF

    I've canvassed the last two days. I heard Romney Ryan only have six or seven field offices in the whole state. I would guess there are at least that many OFA offices in Rockingham County alone.

  •  I don't want to get (1+ / 0-)
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    overconfident, but, the Romney campaign here in Florida sucks.

    If they find someone who will allow them to put a sign in their yard, they put three up.

    My partner and I voted a month ago via Vote By Mail.  We are still receiving one mailer each in the mailbox from the Romney campaign two or three times a week.

    Yesterday, there was something for the person who lived here five years ago.

    If they do have a ground game, I don't know where they are running it out of.  I can't find their office.

    "The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it.". Abbie Hoffman

    by Joes Steven on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:16:22 PM PST

  •  if he has lived at a virginia... (1+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF

    ...a decade how is he still considered a Pennsylvainia resident.  Just wondering.

    And I live in Illinois and was Democratic precinct committeeman and have never pulled a Republican ballot but I still have gotten multiple Romney fundraising calls.  A total waste of time even if they are mostly robotic.  I really am thinking they are not by his or any campaign but are actually scammers trying toy get money off perople and just keeping it.  Not that the real republicans are not just scammers themselves.

    The republicnas really do seem to be loaded though.  I even got the annual who to vote for guide from the Republican precinct committee woman that they usually only give the the Republican faithful.   Like I would ever vote for a republican least of all Romney or Walsh.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:17:02 PM PST

  •  Ed Gillespie: Sad-eyed lady of the low road (1+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF

    Sorry, but that runs through my head every time his sad-eyed face is on TV, spouting some "alternate reality".

  •  Obama ground game more important (3+ / 0-)

    Here's what I think a lot of people overlook about the two ground games. If everything we've heard is true, Romney's voters are primed and ready to show up--they don't need help getting to the polls or finding the polls. There's just not that much upside for them there as all the LV screens suggest.

    Obama has a much larger upside. If the RV screens are right, Obama wins easily if he just turns out his voters. Many of those voters are sporadic--young, minority, newly registered.

    Romney is just getting people to the polls who would go on their own. Obama is getting people to go who can't always be counted on.

    One last difference--and one that says it all. True to form, Mitt outsourced his GOTV effort, Obama didn't. Mitt's might be cheaper, but ours (thanks to folks like you) is better.

    Chicago has been preparing for this for 18 months. I've no doubt they're coming through.

    Obama 51-48; 332-206 EC.

  •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF

    so much for what you are doing in VA, especially in such a "swing" county.  My admiration for the OFA people increases the more I learn about them.

    "Our society will not be great until every young mind is set free" - Lyndon Johnson

    by Michael Vykun on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:43:06 PM PST

  •  Another example: (2+ / 0-)
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    I've been getting mailings and phone calls from teh Republican Jewish Coalition, with accounts of Jews who voted for Obama in 2008 but are supporting Romney this year.  There's one small problem with taking this tack on me:  though I have a last name common among Jewish people, I'm not Jewish.  If the RJC has taken to targeting their mailings based on peoples' last names, that smells of desperation.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:48:08 PM PST

  •  A strange, contrary tale. (1+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF

    The past week, we have been getting robocalled by Democratic campaigns for Congress, state house, etc...

    ... from Albany, NY.

    I called one candidate's office today and gave my phone number, explaining that, while we wished our fellow Dems luck, there's really nothing we could do for them here in New Orleans, and could they please take us off the call list.

    No idea how our number got on it. I was in Albany last year working, but using solely cell phone.

    I hate to see people I like wasting resources.

    We've been wondering how to get through the clutter and reach low-information voters. Mitt haz it.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 05:34:55 PM PST

  •  Preach it sister (1+ / 0-)
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    RenaRF

    Common sense approach to gotv. They don't have it, we do.

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