For the last week or so I’ve been volunteering for the obama campaign locally – I’m a registered independent, not a democrat, but I think obama’s a far better candidate so I’m supporting him. Anyway, I’ve been going door to door with other people encouraging them to vote early and helping them get absentee ballots and what have you, and I realized something about why the two parties are the way that they are, at least in terms of strategy and message. It was maybe my second or third day canvassing (often doing the same neighborhoods the next day to get the houses where no one was home) that it occurred to me there’s nobody going around with a clip board for romney.
This might not be a big deal but I live in ohio, perhaps the single most competed for swing state, and millions of doors are being knocked on. I’d think I would see at least one person. So I asked about it at the local campaign office (one of like 3 within walking distance of my apartment) and they said they know of only one republican election office in the area. The more I thought about it it makes sense, the two people republicans usually try to get support from are rural social conservatives (which can’t go door to door for reasons of practicality) and in the cities, “fiscal conservatives” who are often just well to do people who want more tax cuts. So are CEOs and bank managers going to go bang on doors for romney? I think not. I looked on their campaign sites and the romney campaign has 38 locations in ohio, the obama campaign has 123 locations.
So democrats who generally talk about actual policy and run on substance are having volunteers go door to door encouraging people to vote and support their guy, but republicans can’t do that, so they have to make sure people vote by either pissing them off or scaring them with a barrage of negative ads (conveniently delivered at minimal expense by the evil socialized postal service). That’s why it’s always democrats are the anti-christ and will bring another 9/11 or make two men kiss in front of your children or some boogy man the sky is falling BS. They can’t make sure people who support them vote any other way. Meanwhile the obama campaign is renting vans to make sure grandma can get to her polling place or the board of elections.