If You’re Thinking of Volunteering, Do It

BenK over at Ace of Spades has a great post for those considering on volunteering down the stretch. Do what you can to win this race beyond the margin of fraud:

This is it. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday is all that stands between us and a second Obama term. I stopped by my local victory center last night to pick up literature. The place was packed with people making calls. At this point in 2008 the place was empty. People do not show up to volunteer if they think a candidate is going to lose. Our victory centers are packed. It is not too late to help the Romney campaign. Actually, this is the best time to get out and volunteer. This is when the election will be won or lost. This is when the undecided or lazy voters are making their final decisions.

People like you and I would get naked and run ass backwards through a cornfield to vote for Mitt Romney. It’s the sometimes voters that we need to turn out. Don’t like talking to other meat puppets? Then do a literature drop. Simply stop by your local victory center which you can find here. You don’t even have to call ahead of time. Just show up. They’re normally open from 9am to 9pm. Ask them for some literature. Then walk around your neighborhood and stick them in between the flag and the mailbox. Don’t put them in the mailbox as that is illegal. Anything helps. Just do your neighborhood if that’s all you’re willing to do.

If you don’t have a problem interacting with people, then knock on their door when you do the lit drop. Introduce yourself. Tell them why you are voting for Mitt Romney and explain to them why they should vote for Mitt Romney. Remember, don’t be insulting, condescending or a dick. Most people aren’t like you and I. They don’t hate Obama, but they’re open to voting against them. It helps to pretend you’re Sherlock Holmes when walking up to their house. Use whatever information you can glean from looking at their house, car, etc to help you formulate an argument that might sway them. If they have a massive SUV in their drive, then talk about gas prices under Obama. If they have a large house, then talk about the rising costs of utilities. If they have toys in their front yard, then talk about the national debt our children will be left paying off. If their car has a my kid is an honor student bumper sticker, then talk about the rising cost of college education.

Don’t read off a script. Treat each person you talk to differently. Try your best to tailor your argument to the concerns of the person you are speaking with. You can also make calls at the victory centers. Just show up. Tell them you want to make calls and they’ll set you up with a phone. If you don’t want to leave your home, but you are willing to make calls then do it from home. Find out how here.

It is not enough to vote and donate in this election. You have to do something. It is close. Romney is either slightly up, tied, or slightly down in Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. If you live in one of those states you have no excuse to be sitting on your duff this weekend. Your time is the most valuable asset you can offer for the campaign.

If you are in any of those state and can volunteer to poll watch, then please click the link in the sidebar and volunteer to poll watch. This is especially true if you are in a large county. If you are not in a swing state, they may not call you back. All of their efforts are focused on the close races. They need people to watch polls to help prevent fraud. If you live in Cleveland, Las Vegas, Denver, Boulder, etc, then you need to poll watch to help prevent fraud. Those living in Republican leaning counties need to poll watch and work strike list to help turnout the vote.

We’re winning with independents, but there are far more registered Democrats than Republicans. We’re at a natural disadvantage because we are fewer in number. We have to outwork them if we want to win. Please, do something to help.

36 Comments

  1. Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    Rassmussen…Obama has gained two ponts to make it a tie ball game. RCP average has Obama up going into the weekend.

    Things are headed the wrong way these last few days. Pretty much whomever wins will make history.

    If Romney he will have overcome nearly every polls, pundit and the conventional Math
    If Obama he will have overcome the highest unemployment at re-elect since FDR, the slowest GPD growth, The highest debt and deficits, and that no candidate not at 50% in the Gallup poll in mid October has ever won

    I was really hoping Romney would have momentum going into the final days…it looks like he has a, pardon the pun, hurricane force head winds.

    • Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink | Reply

      This weekend is not gonna be good for Obama. Not with things getting worse in north east, Lybia story starting to come out and the unemployment numbers. Plus in Rasmussen Romney is still up .8 and by 3 in certain to vote. Dont get down we can and will win this thing if we all give our very best

      • indydoug
        Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

        Where did you get this info about Romney +0.8? I guess that makes it 48.4 R 47.6 O

    • damien
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink | Reply

      actually obama is up in rcp only if you add in the lousy nj poll and rasmussen says romney still has a lead but rounding makes it a tie..so take it easy…and obama still under 50…so relax..smoke em if you got em

      Rassmusen

      President Obama:

      CERTAIN TO VOTE: 44 LIKELY TO VOTE: 2 LEANERS: 1

      Gov Romney:

      CERTAIN TO VOTE: 46 LIKELY TO VOTE: 2 LEANERS: 1

    • Tony
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink | Reply

      Wow. What weak post.

  2. Tedley
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink | Reply

    First – Great post – we all need to help in every way we can. I’m taking Monday and Tuesday as vacation so I can help. I can’t wait to see some of you there.

    At the same time I have a question. Is there ANY tnagible evidence that the Dem turnout is anywhere near the D+? Bamster needs to win in any state that matters? In Ohio, the early voting numbers are clearly little like 2008. In NV, Dems may be ahead, but not by more than they were in 2008. In CO it looks like a R+ turnout. I could go on, but have I missed the hard data that could even conceivabley support a D+ turnout bigger than 2008?

    • jmar
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink | Reply

      I’m with you,Tedley. If the DEM GOTV effort is not getting it done in swing states like OH, FL, CO, and NV, it is unlikely they are meeting their goals nationwide.

  3. allthingsgeography1
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    Volunteering can be a fun experience. I did do paid canvassing for legislative candidates for the Nebraska Democratic Party in October 2008 (being a native Washingtonian, it was kinda strange for me because as a Seattle liberal, I was canvassing for candidates who were candidates that would’ve been considered conservative Republicans in my home state. Regional/cultural differences, I suppose). It was hard work, but it cool to check out small town America and get out of the city for day at a time. I also volunteered for the Obama campaign one weekend in Omaha, trying to flip the congressional district from red to blue for President…which we succeeded. You get to meet and chat with fellow supporters and get experience talking to people. I knocked on quite a few Republican doors in Omaha, getting a fair amount of appalled looks over the idea of voting Obama, but also some surprising amount of crossover support. To this day, I’m glad to have played my part in bringing a speck of blue to the Great Plains.

  4. Tedley
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    By the way, I friend of mine is an ivestor in Ras’s company. They don’t make any money – not that Ras needs it personally – but i think part of what’s going on is Ras really likes getting invited on TV. It seems to be the real reason he has the company in the first place. If he was saying it was a blow-out, no more invites from TV. Just ask the guy from Gallup. Also, Ras has hedged his bet. When you look at Ras’s state polling, he has Romney up or tied in every swing state but NV. So, when the blow-out happens he can say – see – I told you

  5. bobhadababyitsaboy
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Keith you made the Hill!
    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/265515-ethnic-mix-of-electorate-gives-campaigns-sleepless-nights

    • Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for pointing that out. I think that guy did a good job with the story.

  6. M. White
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    Keith Backer gets a shout out in this article….
    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/265515-ethnic-mix-of-electorate-gives-campaigns-sleepless-nights

  7. John
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    Throughout the excellent posts and comments on this site I’ve seen a range of what Rasmussen supposedly uses for his weighting from D+3 to R+1 (D+2 is the most often cited weight). Could someone authoritively say what it is? This is quite crucial to correctly interpreting today’s tie. Also it was suggested by someone that Rasmussen updates his weighting monthly. Did that happen now that Oct is history? Presumably the new weighting should be more R given enthusiasim increase since 1st debate on 3 Oct) and if it is not that would be surprising and disappointing. Thanks in advance.

    • housebroken dad
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink | Reply

      NumbersMuncher reports D +3 still for Ras daily poll.

  8. M. White
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    I think we all need to relax…in this world there are many events that we have no control of. Over the weekend there could be some sort of action in Libya to silence the critics and to change the subject from the failures there, we don’t know what will come of the North East over the damage from the hurrincane, people starving, getting angry, gas and food shortages, Obama may come off the campaign trail to make it like he really cares and give some tough talk about the clean-up and rescue efforts and then there is the unknown factor, such as something dropping out of the sky like a scandal and there won’t be time to defend against the critics, we just don’t know what may happen. Don’t be surprised of anything the Chicago machine attempts to win this election. They won’t go down without doing anything they can, no matter how illegal or disturbing. Also, Independants may be giving Obama a tiny boost but it will change when all the images of people angered, still trapped and starving come out starting today, and if people haven’t already made up their mind, then I guess they can be swayed by all sorts of things, but if Obama making a photo-op with Gov. Christies changes their mind then they are more wishy washy than I thought and have very short memories, maybe that unemployment number will jerk them back to reality. All I know is without a doubt that God is still in control and no matter who wins, God has a reason for it. I don’t want to ever question God and He knows what will happen. I am not trying to be a Bible thumper but I will tell you that if Obama wins we will see the true liberal Obama unabated, his true colors will go unchecked, he won’t have to really answer to the people because he won’t be running again. If the end of time is really near, then it would make since for him to be in office because all nations will turn their back on Israel, all nations, that includes us. My point is, God has an ultimate plan no matter what the outcome is Tuesday. I know that’s hard to swallow and I do believe Romney will win but we need to pray that God will allow him to win. We need to pray and cry out to God to heal our nation. If there are enough people in this country that are willing to do that, God will hear our prayers. Let’s just pray, hope and have faith in God!

    • M. White
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink | Reply

      I will add one more thing…in the end times people will believe lies, so if Obama wins then a majority of people will have bought into his lies and deceit. I will be deeply saddened to find out this country is more liberal than I imagined.

    • Loach
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink | Reply

      Nice reminder to keep everything in perspective. The truth is, nobody on either side knows what is going to happen. Many of us have hunches, but nobody knows.

    • JimmyB
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink | Reply

      When I read the headline about volunteering I was thinking to myself, “There’s one thing the author did not mention, that anyone could do with their time – and that is praying”. I’m not an overtly religious man and I certainly am not going to shove my religion in anyone’s face or chastise someone that believes in something different than what I do. However, I do have a strong fundamental faith, and I believe in the power of prayer. For anyone else that is so inclined I would say pray about this election and the direction of our great nation. We may get the outcome that we want next Tuesday or we may not, but in the meantime some praying certainly isn’t going to hurt anything! I keep my faith in God and His will be done.

    • Fred S
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I agree wholeheartedly. I am a registered Democrat in NYC. I think Mitt Romney is a decent, honest man who really cares and wants to make a difference. I don’t feel the same way about Obama and the whole Democratic party in general after this election. The negativity and dishonesty they have been spewing during this campaign is appalling. When I hear David Axelrod, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Harry Reid, Stepanie Cutter speak it is pure lies. Even sadder, the MSM lets them get away with it. I truly believe these people are evil and if God does lead us to the best place, Romney will win. After this election, I will likely leave the Democratic party as I can no longer align myself with the likes of those who run the Democratic party.

  9. No Tribe
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    Things have tightened, let’s not deny it. Anyway, we know now that Romney is going to Pennsylvania. And I don’t think Virginia is close, but Romney is going there too, spending yesterday in the state.

    http://news.investors.com/blogs-capital-hill/103012-631307-mitt-romney-electoral-vote-win-without-ohio.htm?ven=nrelatecp&p=full

    I think the Jeep ad was a mis-step by the Romney campaign, thought it was overreach at the time too. Maybe its not, but I see an awful lot of commentary about it from outside the political world.

    But, there are more than one path here for Romney to win:

    “Assuming Romney wins Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, that would put him at 248 electoral votes. There are a few different ways Romney can get the remaining 22 electoral votes. The most likely are New Hampshire (4), Colorado (9) and Wisconsin (10).”

    And Pennsylvania itself gives 20 EV.s Romney closing in:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/us/politics/in-shift-romney-campaign-makes-push-in-pennsylvania.html
    ““It’s a little tighter than I would have expected,” said Jef Pollock, a pollster for Priorities U.S.A. Action, a Democratic super PAC. “But the question is whether this is just the natural tightening that’s going to happen.”

    Pennsylvania has voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in every election for the last 20 years. Independent pollsters have called it the Republicans’ white whale. Indeed, polls show Mr. Obama ahead, albeit by a shrinking margin. And his senior political strategist, David Axelrod, even joked this week that he would shave off his mustache of 40 years if they lose here.

    But there is a tangible sense — seen in Romney yard signs on the expansive lawns of homes in the well-heeled suburbs, and heard in the excited voices of Republican mothers who make phone calls to voters in their spare time — that the race is tilting toward Mr. Romney.”

    • No Tribe
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink | Reply

      Victory Event With Mitt Romney At Shady Brook Farm In Morrisville, Pennsylvania On Sunday, November 4, 2012

      Sunday, November 4, 2012

      Doors Open 2:30 PM

      Event Begins 5:30 PM

      Shady Brook Farm
      931 Stony Hill Road
      Morrisville, PA 19067

  10. Tony
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    WOW…Bart Starr at the Romney rally in Wisconsin.

    http://www.wbay.com/

  11. NHConservative
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    Keith, you were mentioned on this article on The Hill today. http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/265515-ethnic-mix-of-electorate-gives-campaigns-sleepless-nights

  12. Ranger375
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    You know Keith you are doing volunteer work by working so hard on your blog and educating so many about things that really matter.

    There is more than one way to volunteer and I for one applaud your hard work even in tough times for you personally due to the storms.

    Sometimes it is easy to forget how hard it is to maintain what you have here but the benefit to all of us known and unknown cannot be underestimated.

    • Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. That’s very nice of you to say. Keep fighting the good fight and let’s close strong.

  13. Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink | Reply

    Well, it seems Ras decided not to be the outlier? Obama is now ahead in the RCP national average. Strangely enough of the last 10 or so national polls in the RCP average only ones with Romney ahead are Gallup and, wait for it, NPR!

    • No Tribe
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink | Reply

      Be sure to show up here election night Peter.

      • Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

        Come on, you have to admit it’s ironic that NPR is now one of the most pro Romney polls. Would you have expected that?

      • No Tribe
        Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

        Yea, irony abounds. Yesterday I was showing how Josh Marshall was depending on Fox News polling alone to make his argument about Indys.

    • Medicine Man
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink | Reply

      Good morning Peter!

      • Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        Good morning MM, hope Sandy has spared, I’m still in flux.

  14. John
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink | Reply

    Heres a small sampling of Friday headlines (all linked to by Drudge). It is hard to find a single good news headline today. MSM is spinning the 171K new jobs as hard as they can for the President but even they admit this is still way short of what we need or should expect at this point in a “recovery”. If the Benghazi drip-drip-drip continues and if NYC/NJ get any worse then whatver bounce Obama got out of Sandy will hopefully quickly evaporate…

    Economy:
    October Unemployment Up: 7.9%
    Rate Higher than when Obama Took Office
    Promised 5.2% rate by Oct 2012
    President Faces Voters With Highest Unemployment Of Any Incumbent Since FDR
    Economy at virtual standstill
    Incomes Continue to Decline
    Long-Term Rate Rises to 40.6%
    Blacks to 14.3%
    Food Stamp Growth 75X Greater than Job Creation

    Storm:
    Gas Shortages May Not End for Another Week…
    Mile-long lines, price hits $6
    Fistfights, Guns Drawn
    Siphoning Gas From Cars in NYC
    Two massive generators power NY media, not masses
    NYC Official: Red Cross ‘Absolute Disgrace’
    Looters Dress Like Con Edison Workers to Gain Access to Houses
    Staten Islanders Plead for Help: ‘We Need Food’
    ‘Please don’t leave us’

    Libya:
    CIA Reveals Timeline
    No mention of ‘protesters’; knew 3 hours before attack armed militia was gathering
    Sensitive U.S. Documents STILL Lying Around Wreckage
    State Dept never called for military back up
    Hillary’s head should roll
    Study: Media Framed Benghazi In Obama’s Terms

  15. Neil in NC
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink | Reply

    I made calls. Lots of fun!

  16. me
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink | Reply

    The public is not more liberal. They are simply not informed beyond their I-phones. Sad but true.

  17. O'Babye
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I gave another $100 to Romney/Ryan. A total of $300. I live in the great socialist republic of Oregon so I don’t see any use in knocking on doors.

  18. tyroneshoelaces
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Fine, ok. You convinced me to start knocking on doors for the first time ever. btw – I live in blue-trending Fairfax County, VA (61% O in ’08, over half of his statewide vote margin). IMHO I can’t possibly see it going that far again this year. *Maybe* Kerry’s > 50% from ’04 – when GW still carried the state comfortably.

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