Hurricane Change

This is just remarkable, if true:

Obama’s campaign says it has deployed 500 paid staff members and boasts 160,000 volunteers in Florida, an unprecedented network that is hunting for votes via telephone, e-mail, and old-fashioned, door-to-door personal contact.


The McCain campaign and Republican National Committee do not disclose staffing figures, but one RNC staff member said the Obama campaign “probably has more [staff] people on the ground in Florida than the RNC has in the whole country.”

A rough sketch based on Census estimates shows that there are about 14.5m voting-age people in Florida right now. Suppose a 65% turnout — that makes 9.425m voters. That means there is one Black Eagle volunteer for every 58 voters in Florida. In truth, about a quarter of these may be written off from the jump, based on research. Another quarter is counted on. So the bottom line is that there is probably one volunteer for every thirty people in the lean-Geezer / toss-up / lean Barry universe.

Yes: Diebold, black box, [scare quotes] “voter fraud” [/scare quotes], etc. Granted. But it may not matter. I’ve never seen something where a state the size of Florida is just saturated with political volunteers. And they are all on Barry’s side. Retail politics FTMFW.


As SFL said before: (866) OUR-VOTE if you feel like teh Man is fucking you over at the polls. Also SFL, are they planning to run advertisements on the teevee and radio in swing states (esp. stations catering to old skool and new R&B, urban contemporary, teh Youths, and Latinos)? It should be done now.

rptrcub: Agreed. In fact [MEMO TO NOJO], seeing as we have littered across our beautiful, beautiful Stinque ads from NewsMax and FSM knows who else, perhaps this can be a banner across the top. As in:


Keep it non-partisan, though. Yes: basically all of us are in the tank, but let’s not be totes obvious about it.

Mrs. DB signed up to go to Nevada to help GOTV, and was just told to stay home because the Obama campaign has more on-the-ground folks than they need already.

Hey, my new avatar is up — a juvenile red tailed hawk who was hanging out in my back yard.

TJ: 9ud1 Giu11ani is apparently trying again for a presnidential run in case of Unicorn WIN in ’08.

@Dodgerblue: Does she want to come help me in Reno next week? Mr. SFL can’t come to keep me company…they were asking people in my training if they were willing to travel to Ohio, Montana, North Carolina, or New Mexico, so if she can score quick tickets, there’s still ways to help.

@rptrcub: I honestly don’t know if Election Protection has the money to do that. But the top editorial in today’s NYT gives them a shout-out, hopefully they’ll get more free media and they’re doing outreach to the so-called “ethnic media” to really get the word out on the street.

@SanFranLefty: I’ll ask her. She’s looking for a way to stick me with answering the door on Halloween. We live in a residential neighborhood with lots of kids, plus other kids show up in vans and station wagons for local loot.

@Dodgerblue: My L.A.-area friends who are volunteering are being sent to New Mexico by the campaign. Far north and far south parts of the state. Cheap Southwest flights from LA area to ABQ, though.

@SanFranLefty: Awesome. I also plan on subjecting every Demrat Libtard blog in Georgia that I can find with threadjacks dealing with Election Protection, including those which focus on minorities in the state.

@SanFranLefty: She’d like that. We went to Albuquerque and Santa Fe in 1979 and had a great time.

@Dodgerblue: I’m sure the RML family would take Mrs. Dodger to all the best hole-in-the-wall taquerias in northern New Mexico for post-GOTVing tequila and green chile specials.

TJ: Next R-W attack in re Bill Ayers: the Ivory Tower supports that terrarist and wingnuttia is harping on it, natch.

@chicago bureau: Lemme enjoy my cliche MasterCard joke today, then I’ll run the phone number at the top for the duration.

@SanFranLefty: there is no food that is too hot for Mrs. DB. When we go to Thai places, she digs down for the high-octane crud at the bottom of the Thai chili jar. It’s awesome.

@rptrcub: When I saw that academics were supporting Ayers, my firs thought was, “Very nice, but you’re not helping. Everyone thinks you’re a bunch of commies anyway.

@Dodgerblue: I’ll make exceptions for chili (measured by the number of beers required between bites) and salsa, but otherwise the strongest thing I can stomach is yogurt. I’m a very fussy kid who never grew out of it.

@Mistress Cynica: Yes, they will be added on the Office of Ridiculous Bullshit’s Watch List. Srsly, these people are literally endangering my job in a red state where the legislature will be sharpening the budget knives in January, and where do they think they should cut? Public universities, bingo!

@rptrcub: I didn’t feel so bad about leaving a tenured because the legislature was gunning for tenure. Also, the university had put its endowment into Boone Pickens mutual funds. Heh.

@rptrcub: @Mistress Cynica: Aaaaaack!

Pardon me preaching to the choir, but public universities are not a luxury — same for public education from kindergarten up. You wanna talk investing in infrastructure, start with our mental furniture.

@Mistress Cynica: Speaking of tenure, we had a professor at UGA get fired because he lied about his criminal record — not disclosing that he was a convicted child molester. A special-ed education prof who molested special-ed kids. What’s worse is that UGA didn’t do thorough background checks on faculty until January of this year.

@nojo: That’s being cut, too. They’re just itching for levels of homelessness and Bushvilles not seen since the ’30s.

@Dodgerblue, Lefty:If there’s one thing rural Northern New Mexicans hate, it’s well-meaning city people coming out to tell them how to live or how to vote. (Memories of the hippies die hard.) It drives the local parties crazy dealing with the influx of out of state volunteers every cycle because they believe that there is only one way to campaign here, but if you read the comments from political professionals in “Campaigns and Elections” magazine [geek flag!], perhaps the Number One thing they hate to hear from the locals anywhere is “we don’t do it that way here.” But if Mrs DB makes it to Santa Fe, I’ll be glad to show her around and stick a tequila anejo margarita made with a recipie from a gun magazine in her hand.

BTW, the campaign never got back to me on GOTV out in Indian Country, so I’m sticking with my plan of going deer hunting this weekend and getting back to the Promised Land next weekend for traditional commitments on Nov. 1 (All Saint’s Day) in memory of our ancestors. This is the first election I’ve been able to give real (to me, anyway) money but not any time. I kind of miss the chatter, excitement and being on the inside, but I did get a lot of other stuff done. I also missed a golden opportunity to get back in the game, but oh well. I got a room at home tiled and painted, the ranch cleaned up for sale or rent, a lot of fire wood brought in and caught a bunch of fish.

Metallica hits the stage in 6.5 hours. I already checked out the set list, read the review from the Glendale AZ show and made plans to get away early this afternoon with Son of RML when he gets out of school.

@rptrcub: Well hell, whats wrong with an ex-molester professor? I mean, college students are mostly of age, so he wasn’t posing a threat, and I know, there is some threat on account of he’s in the Education department, Education IS the Special Ed of higher education, but really, the UGA student body isn’t as dumb as we all liked to think, in Gainesville, is it?

@rptrcub: We have a case where I live where a public high school ESL teacher got busted for molesting some of his students — one or more of which he allegedly videotaped. Apparently he was good at picking out out who the most vulnerable kids were. Welcome to state prison, asshole.

@Prommie: The student body’s not the problem; it’s the university preznident. But yes, we are smarter than that place in Gainesville which shall not be named.

@Dodgerblue: It’s sad that no one has come up with tricorders which can detect these pervs.

@rptrcub: Speaking of tricorders, have you noticed that in the world of Star Trek there are no gays or Jews? Even though Kirk and Spock are Jewish and Sulu is gay? Problems solved!!

@Dodgerblue: It’s a scenario where gayness was eliminated through genetic engineering, and something happened to either Jews or Judaism which, thinking about it, is scary scary scary.

@Dodgerblue: The world of Star Trek fanfic made up for part of the oversight.

@rptrcub: Sulu (Goerge Takei) got married recently (yay, California!) and Shatner was reportedly upset that he did not get invited. I’m not sure I’d want Shatner at my wedding; just think of the bar tab. And — drum roll — my wife knows Leonard Nimoy because she went to high school with Leonard’s son.

@Dodgerblue: I think Takei countered that Shatner was, indeed, invited:

“It is unfortunate that Bill was unable to join us for our wedding as he indeed was invited to attend. It is our hope that at this point he joins us in voting NO on Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate the fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry in California.”

I like how he got a No-on-8 message in there. As for Nimoy — degrees of separation are funny. The closest I am to him is that my mother back in the day bought his LPs, met him and had them autographed.

@rptrcub: Come on, UGA ain’t one of the Harvards of the south, thats Emory, and Duke, and UNC, and UVA, and Fucking Vandy and Furman and Stetson, damn, there’s a lot of Harvards of the south. Wake Forest, who could forget that Harvard of the south.

I may have to attend the cocktail party this year.

How weird is it that my first reaction to this article was “why is going to Phoenix?”

@rptrcub: The LPs are god-awful. BTW the gay marriage haters in CA just got a big chuck o’change from out of state gay haters, mostly from Utah, to support the gay hating ballot proposition Prop 8. Connect the dots. According to their ads, it’s all about children being forced to learn about gay marriage in kindergarten.

Gosh darn polygamists.

As for the Star Trek music? The Shat’s “Lucy. In. The. SkywithDiamonds!!!” will forever haunt me.

@Prommie: There’s only one Harvard of the South: Princeton.

@Dodgerblue: haha forced to learn, awesome. I totally envision a kindergarten class with their eyes taped open like in Clockwork Orange, watching hardcore gay porn while the teacher shrieks, “It’s normal! Eveyone does it!”
Even sadder, I think that’s what those mouth-breathers believe IS going on.


Heh. Maybe this time he’ll focus most of his campaigning in Guam since Florida worked out so well for him.

@drinkyclown: What they’re really afraid of is the Boy Scouts fellatio merit badge. Wait until those ads come out.

@Dodgerblue: BSA is similar to the catholic church with its “whoa, no fags here! just pedophiles but we don’t talk about them so it’s OK”

@drinkyclown: Nabisco Jr. just started down the path of scouts. At the first meeting, the cubmaster nervously flipped past the thirty pages of Precaution Against Predators stuff and quickly moved on to quizzing me about what religious badge my boy would go for. I told him “none”, and we are currently in a stalemate; apparently scouts don’t do atheism.

@drinkyclown: I’ve read that Baden-Powell liked them young.


Correction: That badge is actually earned by Weblos.


Jamie Sommers: This article needs some attention:

“Republican John McCain is not going to make his election night remarks in the traditional style — at a podium standing in front of a sea of campaign workers jammed into a hotel ballroom. Oh, the throng of supporters will hold the usual election night party at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on the evening of Nov. 4.

But the Republican presidential nominee plans to address another group of supporters and a small group of reporters on the hotel lawn; his remarks will be simultaneously piped electronically to the party inside and other reporters in a media filing center, aides said.”

Of course, drawing the following conclusion requires an irrationally exuberant amount of Hope, but y’all know the reason for this. IF Barry wins, the first words out of his mouth would be “a few moments ago, I called Sen. Obama to congratulate….”

And then there would be the most catalysmic sound in recent memory — the sounds of people booing, bursting into tears and whatnot. Geezer would try to calm them down, but it would just continue for an uncomfortably long time. And about two or three minutes afterwards, somebody would yell “treason.” Admittedly, this would not make the best visual.

[Please remember: nothing is won yet. Carry on.]

@chicago bureau: Ahhhh, you may be right, I thought he just couldn’t face them, but he will face the press, so of course, he fears they will embarrass him. And most certain of all, when he gives the mandatory lines about uniting behind our new president, hard fought campaign but now we are one nation and must unite to overcome the obstacles, blah blah blah, they will, its guranteed, shout him down and start screaming revolution. Its not that they will yell “treason,” its that they will commit it.

BTW, anyone seeing the bizarre report of a 20 year old “McCain volunteer” mugged at an ATM in Pittsburgh, who claims that when the 6’4″ black male mugger turned to leave, he saw her McCain bumper sticker, and came back, screaming epithets, and carved the letter “B” in her face?

I’m not sure, but I think her last name was “Downey,” but I coould be confused.

@Prommie: If I recall, UGA was retired from Playboy’s list of Top 10 Party Schools back in the 70s because they decided it was no longer an institution of higher ed but a 24-hour nightclub. As for Furman and Wake being Harvard, WTF are you smoking? Crappy football teams are the only thing they have in common.

@Ewalda: LOL. Perfect.

@Promnight: Guess it’s time to find out who is the Al Sharpton of the right.

@Mistress Cynica: Gawd, Brand W is all over this one, found all her twitter posts and youtubes, she is insane, by the way, and she posted a pic of the “maiming,” the fucking “B” is MIRROR REVERSED” and its so obviously fake. Drudge initially ran with this but it backpedaling like mad, the police are stating they have doubts, its hilarious!

But of course in the Rove play book, it does not matter how transparent the lie, how quickly refuted, to the mouthbreathing pigfuckers, all the retractions and her prosecution for filing a false report will be an example of the huge liberal elite media conspiracy, and the incident will live on as an example of how the black hordes will rampage after the Muslim Terrorist is elected, carving initials in all our virginal white princesses.

@Prommie: If I hear “Harvard of the South” from anyone (mostly the older folks) I’m going to hurl. I had no desire to go to Harvard. My desire was to go to a decent public university (which has gotten much harder to get into) in a college town inside the state (where I could go on Ga. HOPE as long as I kept my grades up). I had very realistic dreams.

Emory is universally hated by all the people working at the public universities in Ga. thanks to its large endowment — which allows it to get, oh, the Dalai Lama and take all the media spotlight. And I’m talking as someone whose family members went there, mainly because they’re my PR competition.

@rptrcub: Hey, I went to Gainesville, on the 5 and a half year plan. Not a bad land grant school. It worked for me. Then I went to Rutgers. Gah. Ugliest student body I have ever seen in my life, really really ugly kids. Nope, Florida was good in that way.

This McCain martyr story is really amusing, she is the white Tawana Brawley, clearly. If she pulled this shit in the right place, she could have incited a lynching, though, which seems to have been her intent.

@Jamie Sommers: Jamie, are you going to go undercover to the McCain “victory” party in Phoenix to liveblog/report for us?

@Dodgerblue: The marriage haters also got a seven figure donation from someone out of state named Templeton – yes of the Templeton Funds. Apparently the mutual fund company is owned by a crazee Jeebus freak.

@rptrcub: (mostly the older folks) I’m almost afraid to ask if you mean those of us over 40.

Besides AuH20’s granddaughter, the eeeee-leet New York Times endorsed Black Eagle.

@Promnight: There was a chick at the Metallica concert tonight with “M”s drawn on her cheeks.

You ever go to a concert and see the newbie fan do stuff at 0.5 sec behind others? I think I saw too many Rock am Main videos and was doing the Euro hey hey hey raised fist thing when no one else had a fucking clue what I was up to. There was plenty of good old Uh-Murrican moshing, however. Nothing like screaming the lyrics to the Misfits’ “Die, My Darling” to impress your kid.

Metal will live on as long as there’s one pissed off guy with a guitar.

@SanFranLefty, Jamie: Seriously. Bust out the pearls – and the sackcloth and ashes – hah!

Memo to the GOP – just fucking wither away, ok? Go meet the Whigs for a drink and don’t come back.

@Promnight: Before or after Tom Petty hit it big and how much weed didst thou partake of there?

@Mistress Cynica: Nah, I mean people above 75.

@Ewalda: I couldn’t resist.

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