It’s starting to look like the Night of the Living Dead out there. My neighborhood is swarming with Obama supporters who are knocking on doors, handing out literature, and engaging people in conversations about Obama. None of these Obama-folks are from here, and many of my neighbors don’t know what to make of it, but this is the kind of thing that really can lead people without strong previous political affiliations to get caught up in the moment.
The good news is that I now know from personal experience from interacting with neighbors and colleagues that Obama’s support is a mile wide and an inch deep. It doesn’t take much–sometimes even the lightest touch–to swing a voter to McCain and/or away from Obama.
It sometimes feels embarrassing (as if it’s a broach of some kind of decorum), to bring up politics in conversation–conservatives, who seem to have better manners in general, seem especially prone to this. But a lot of people really do have this stuff on their minds right now, and undecideds or weak Obama supporters are INCREDIBLY numerous and ripe for the picking.
I can’t overstate how potent it can be for somebody who is inundated with pro-Obama media and contact with Obama activists to come in contact with somebody they have a previous relationship with who is a McCain voter. At first they may seem surprised… but ENGAGE THEM and often you’ll see a light go off.
The media and the “community activists” are more powerful right now than they have any right to be to be because too many McCain-supporters have surrenderd the stage–they’re lurking in the shadows, wringing their hands, watching the polls and reading the blogs without actually DOING anything except HOPE that Obama will stumble and John McCain will somehow prevail.
But you know what? To borrow from the shameless one, WE are the ones we’ve been waiting for. This is entirely doable if YOU will make the phone calls–get in touch with your local McCain office and see what you can do. Or at the very least start talking to your neighbors, family members, and colleagues. Don’t wait for somebody else to do what’s in your power to do, and if you can’t start tonight, then start tomorrow.