Sean Quinn at fivethirtyeight has been traveling around the country to get a sense of both campaigns’ ground games and the field on which they play, which usually involves a long look at the Obama folks and a very short one (because it’s not there or they’re denied access) at McCain’s. He just posted this report from western Pennsylvania, which contained this nugget:
So a canvasser goes to a woman’s door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she’s planning to vote for. She isn’t sure, has to ask her husband who she’s voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, “We’re votin’ for the n***er!”
Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: “We’re voting for the n***er.”
In this economy, racism is officially a luxury. How is John McCain going to win if he can’t win those voters? John Murtha’s “racist” western Pennsylvania district, where this story takes place, is some of the roughest turf in the nation. But Barack Obama is on the ground and making inroads due to unusually strong organizing leadership.
Look – anecdotes are of limited value. But they’re not without value.
[Photo of Barack Obama at Invesco Field from this photo essay at GQ.]
UPDATE: From the Onion.
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