2008

Pride in the Hometown Guy

Nov
16

Banners draped the lamp-posts all around Chicago's City Hall. The fine print read: "Paid for by the Richard M. Daley Campaign Committee".

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Question of Priorities

Nov
05



What's wrong with this picture?

On Election Day 2008, this was the front page of the Tribune's knockoff tabloid called the 'RedEye'. It sported the none-too-original headline 'It's in Your Hands' with five hands in front of an American flag, each hand showing one of the following issues:

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Obama in Grant Park

Nov
05



I was in Berlin when the Wall came down and in New York during 9/11. One event was exceedingly good; the other was atrociously bad. I think I now have a third one that appears to be affecting me in a significant way, this one again on the good side -- namely, the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

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Six Days in Ohio

Nov
04

Final Day: Election Day is really one of those days when I want to be at home in Chicago; that would be the case even if there weren't going to be a huge rally in Grant Park.

For that reason, I headed out of Cincinnati before noon. By then, the polls were open and volunteers could be found handing out literature and giving directions.

The headline from the Cincinnati Enquirer says it all:

"History is in Your Hands"

Below is a list of earlier diaries from my days in Cincinnati.

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Ohio Diary: Day 5

Nov
03


I made it early to the District Office on Madison intent on spending the day canvassing.

This was the last day before the election. With only a day to go, the work typically consists of 'lit drops' -- i.e. going from door to door just leaving reminders, usually in the form of 'door-hangers' about the election.

We went again to Brown County. The Obama Campaign in Ohio was making a big push to get as many votes as possible in the traditionally Republican areas outside of Cincinnati. Everybody was sent out.

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Ohio Diary: Day 4

Nov
02



I got an extra hour of coveted sleep thanks to the end of daylight savings time. The Calendar says 'November 4' but it's been more springlike than anything else.

I decided to stay local today, signing up for one of the neighborhood canvasses via BarackObama.com.

The Canvass was being run out of a field office in Cincinnati's 'Uptown' in a building that had just been opened a day or two earlier. When I got there, one of the Campaign Workers, Scott, was trying to get a few winks of much needed sleep on the porch of the place.

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Ohio Diary: Day 3

Nov
01



Long day. We had a group of people from Lexington Kentucky plus a local who was canvassing for the first time. It was an energetic bunch.

We were sent out to Brown County, to a township about 50 miles outside of Cincinnati. I met later with an official from one of the union locals and he stressed how important it was to have people out there canvassing for Obama. "Usually," he said, 'it's only the GOP."

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Ohio Diary: Day 2

Oct
31

Today was our 2nd day in Ohio and the best so far. We slept off the travel fatigue of our first day and were raring to go.

We got to the Walnut Hill Office at around 9:30am. There already was a group of people waiting there for canvasing.

They needed help in Claremont County which some distance from Cincinnati. I drove with one of the other volunteers -- a college student from Louisville going to college in Cincinnati.

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Ohio Diary: Day 1

Oct
30



We took the bus to Cincinnati. The first thing that greeted us on our arrival was a line of people waiting in front of one of the county buildings for early voting. Volunteers from the local Democratic campaigns were handing out literature. When they heard we were from Chicago, they thanked us for coming.

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McCain - Doing Difficult Things Badly

Oct
27

Steve Benen makes a great point:

out_of_gas_150x100.gif For weeks, the pundits have noted that the financial crisis has seriously undermined the McCain campaign. That's true, but it overlooks why -- McCain has handled the crisis really badly. It's not enough to simply note that a focus on the economy is necessarily good news for Obama; McCain had a chance to deal with this crisis effectively and he blew it.

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