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One can only hope:

[M]y hope is just for a stretch of peace before the presidential campaigning begins. We can already see how viciously contested that race will be. We can already estimate the density of the ads, the contribution drives, and the phone calls. And I don’t know about you, Bubba, but I’m putting out claymores to deal with the next batch of door-to-door pollsters and campaign workers. (Remember to put the side that says “Front Toward Enemy” facing the street.)

The posturing, I’m thinking, is already underway; we’ll be lucky if we get to the 26th of December before the Big Noise begins.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 November 2014 · 1:33 pm

    I could paper a room with the stupid fliers I got in the mail.

    Honestly, I was getting one or more every single day. More annoying than the Victorian Trading Company catalogs; at least those come only once a week.

    Next go-round, I might save them up and drive them down to the respective party’s headquarters and just return them to them.

  2. Lisa Paul »

    5 November 2014 · 4:49 pm

    That said — in this age of Robo-calls, email spam and posts force-fed into my social media streams — what really got me was the personal touch. After 30 years in San Francisco, this is my first election in my new city and county — and I was having a heck of a time researching the new-to-me candidates and issues. The media was no help with anything substantive and, without any actual debates where candidates had to stand up in front of competitors and the public and actually say something, all I had were puffery and websites and campaign literature. Representatives for two minor candidates — school board and county Open Space candidate — showed up at my door and intelligently outlined their candidates’ positions and records, had backing third party data to confirm it, and answered my questions thoroughly. Needless to say, both got my vote and I would gladly expend the time on any number of candidates to get that quality of information. It’s the ground game.

  3. CGHill »

    5 November 2014 · 5:31 pm

    Now that’s more like it.

    In my particular neighborhood, I can count on one thing: whoever’s running for state representative (it’s a two-year term) on the Democratic side will drop by the house. I have yet to see a Republican candidate show up around here. Since this precinct is about evenly split, registration-wise, you’d think the GOP would work a little harder at the GOTV stuff. Until they do, I’m okay with supporting the Democrat.

  4. Roger Green »

    6 November 2014 · 4:30 am

    I voted for a Republican for a district appellate judge position. It’s complicated, but the Albany Democratic machine, along with the Albany Democratic election commissioner, who was at the time also the Albany County Democratic chair, manipulated it so the Democratic woman running could not do so. There are NO woman trial judges in this several-county area

    So the Republicans put up a qualified woman who wasn’t a crazy person, and LOTS of women and men who were Democrats voted for her. And she WON!

  5. Tatyana »

    7 November 2014 · 6:25 am

    I, for one, would simply shut my door in the face of anyone canvassing the neighborhood. My house is my safe haven! if not exactly a castle.
    No uninvited strangers are welcome, especially if they try to sell me a political candidate.

    Qualification: woman? Qualification: a political beggar at your door?
    Wow, what trifles weigh over other people’s voting preferences scales.

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