Well, I have some good news and some, well, annoying news to report:
- Signs of the times update: The yard sign battle in my neighborhood, which was once so lopsided, is now being won decisively by Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates. The week after I wrote my original post, all sorts of Dem yard signs blossomed. So, it looks like the Republican signs were just out there earlier–they haven’t increased in numbers, and the Dem signs have overtaken them. (Of course, this was true in 2004 too–my neighborhood is where you’d expect to find the Dem signs–but one can live in “hope,” can’t one?
- The stalkerish Obama campaign: I was at a little get-together this weekend with friends. One of my friends, “Jenny,” a big Obama booster, volunteer, and donor from the beginning (she’s got a yard sign and two window signs, m’kay?), complained about the stalkerish phone calls she’s been getting from the Obama campaign. I was very surprised to hear of her irritation–as I said, she’s been a huge supporter of the campaign. After repeatedly informing the caller that she can’t give any more money (she’s been unemployed for more than a year), saying that she is of course voting for him, and asking them to take her off their call list, she keeps getting calls. Jenny informed one of the callers at one point last week that this is the kind of thing that really irritates people, and that if she, a committed Obama supporter is irritated by the obsessive phone calling, that she’s pretty certain this will turn off voters who are on the fence. She reported that the last call she got from the campaign–after several others she had after having asked to be taken off the call list–she just screamed “NO, NO, and NO!” and slammed the phone down. The other adults at the table nodded in sympathy. I’ve seen a little of this too. (Is this among the joys of living in a swing state?) Ever since the other adult in my household requested a mail-in ballot, the Obama campaign has been calling our house to nag hir about it. Hey, Obama campaign: you’ve already got the votes of the people you’re nagging, like a creepy ex-boyfriend or girlfriend who just won’t let up. Do they need to write it in their own blood on $100 dollar bills? Lay off, already, at least on reliable Dem voters who have never missed voting Democratic in any election. You raised $150 million last month, and you’re ahead in the polls–knock off the Glengarry Glen Ross act with people who are already on your side.
- Joe (the Senator, not the plumber) is coming to Potterville: In fact, this afternoon’s call from the Obama campaign was to wonder if the other adult in my household would like to go see Joe Biden, who is apparently coming to Potterville on Tuesday. We’re pretty jaded around here–we got a visit from a sitting president four years ago. I wasn’t terribly excited about it, but the military helicopter flyover was pretty cool. Tuesday Monday will be a big day here in Potterville, since that night we’re also hosting one of the debates between our candidates for the U.S. Senate, Bob Schaffer (R) and Mark Udall (D).
UPDATE 10/20/08: Unbelieveable! Obama is seven points up in Colorado in the latest polls, and the Obama campaign just called to ask me for $100 tonight. Sorry–when I have $150 million, check back with me then. I’m giving to Betsy Markey, our local congressional candidate. Remeber kids, if you’re thinking of donating to a political candidate: no good deed goes unpunished!