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."