Monday, October 27, 2008


Middle Brother was telling me about his experiences working the phone bank at an Obama office near Cleveland. MB explained the general outline of the script, how you call and sort of feel people out. If a voter is undecided, then you ask them if they're considering Obama. Then you sort of ease into a discussion about what issues are important to the voter or what's holding the person back from voting for Obama.

One of the things volunteers can do is send out campaign literature on the issue of importance. MB told me that there's even an entire brochure just to state, perfectly clearly and once and for all, Barack Obama is a Christian. That amazed me, that you'd have to have an entire brochure printed up to dispel the Muslim-myth.

My parents have also decided to volunteer for Obama, on the phones last week and going door-to-door next weekend. My mom reported that she made a call to a woman, ended up talking to her husband instead. When my mom asked him who he was considering voting for, he reported that he was undecided.

"Have you considered voting for Barack Obama?" asked my mother. The guy said that he'd thought about, but wasn't sure he could do it. His concern was apparently having "jihad running around in my backyard." (My mom told me that she wanted to ask what a jihad was and why he thought it would be in his backyard, but instead she did the telephone equivalent of backing away slowly.)

I related this story to Peter, who first rolled his eyes at the guy's comment, then paused and said "Wait a minute, this guy is worried about having jihad running around in his backyard but he's still undecided? That says a lot."

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At 27 October 2008 at 17:04, Blogger koehmstedt said...

Some things people say are just amazing.

At 27 October 2008 at 17:05, Blogger laurie said...

peter's comment made me laugh. he's right....can you see the guy weighing his options?

bush's policies, or jihad? hmmmm..... hard to choose...

At 27 October 2008 at 17:12, Blogger Kaycie said...

Clearly you are not familiar with red state politics. I swear, I have relatives who are sending me "Obama is Bad" e-mail. It varies, depending on the relative, which trying scare tactic they're pushing: he's Muslim, or he's a (gasp) liberal, or lately, that he's peddling socialist policies. I just hit delete. As my father would say, you can't argue with a turnip.

At 27 October 2008 at 18:32, Blogger Babaloo said...

Oh gosh, that post and the comments nearly made me wet myself. Bush policies or jihad in your backyard? Now that's a difficult decision.

I'm really sorry I can't vote in this election.

At 27 October 2008 at 19:57, Blogger Noelle said...

It's a reason why education should be first and foremost on our national agenda.

At 28 October 2008 at 03:58, Blogger ped crossing said...

I have voted, but the idiocy that I see and hear frightens me. It is no wonder people can't think, we are only allowed to teach them what can be put into a multiple choice test. There is no time for critical thinking, debate or research.

At 28 October 2008 at 04:36, Blogger the rotten correspondent said...

Says a lot about his opponent,doesn't it?

At 28 October 2008 at 06:24, Blogger -Ann said...

Koehmstedt - Mind-boggling, isn't it?

Laurie - That comment was exactly what made the story blog-worthy.

Kaycie - Your dad's a smart man. I've also heard you can't get blood out of a turnip either. :)

Babaloo - It would be an entirely different election if the whole world were voting.

Noelle - It's definitely in my top 5.

PC - Yeah, this teach-to-the-test concept drives me nuts. I imagine you must have first-hand experience with this.

RC - Exactly! :)

At 30 October 2008 at 22:54, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We want you to be relieved that your Aunt and Uncle in that there red state are voting for Barack . Rumor has it your other Aunt is too

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