I’m down here in Allentown, along with Tom Hidalgo and 3 others from Springfield. We’re expecting a few others from Western Mass to show up at various times during the weekend, and there are other folks from our area who went to other campaign offices around the Keystone State.
The excitement is building! We’re now trying to line up volunteers for canvassing, which begins in earnest tomorrow. I’m helping with data entry and other glamorous tasks. The stuff of grassroots campaigns, in other words!
Sadly, the office here was broken into last night, and several pre-paid cellphones and some laptops were stolen. Fortunately, that was the extent of the damage, and it seems not to have been politically-motivated. Whoever stole the phones used one of them to make several late-night calls, conveniently giving the police some leads. Let’s hope they can recover the computers for the volunteers who lost them to the cause they believe so strongly in!
Despite this setback, the optimism and energy level couldn’t be higher! A new Zogby poll released yesterday shows Clinton ahead by only 1 point! A week ago, the same organization showed Clinton with a 4-point lead. With 5 days between the last poll and the election… well, you get my drift!
A Public Policy poll released on the 15th shows Obama ahead by 3 points. A week earlier, they had Clinton ahead by 3.
Rasmussen’s last 5 polls had Clinton up by 10 (3/24), then up by 5 (3/31 and 4/7), then up by 9 (4/14) and now (post-Debate!) up by only 3 (4/17).
Clinton leads in nearly all the polls, but her lead had been shrinking rapidly. The general buzz around here is that the debate on Wednesday did little or nothing to change anyone’s opinion about whom they support. It did serve as a stark reminder, however, that we really need to end this squabbling soon and turn our attention, as a Party, to countering McCain’s recent surge in the polls, which has happened in large part (imho) because he’s had the floor to himself on the Republican side. As a result, people who have been supporting Clinton are turning lukewarm, or even switching sides, not because they think she wouldn’t make a good President, but out of recognition of the inevitability of an Obama victory, and the need, as I stated, to get on with the real business of electing a Democrat as President.
Well, I’ll have a better feel for things, and more to report, as we hit the streets tomorrow and start knocking on doors over the next 4 days. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, don’t forget the rally in Northampton tomorrow! Have fun!
And make those phone calls! We really need all the support we can get!
Berkshire County Coordinator, Obama for America