Two weeks ago I did my first canvass for Obama in Keene, NH. Today when I showed up at 10:00 there were at least 50 and perhaps 100 volunteer canvassers! This gave the campaign the capacity to get beyond the small city of Keene and send canvassers throughout Cheshire County — a woman from Cambridge and I wound up in Jaffrey. A big variety of people, some enthusiastic for either side but engaged and willing to talk. There are a fair number of undecideds out there as well — get out there and canvass and you can talk to them as well.
Four years ago I worked with a group called Swing the Vote, run by a reformed Naderite who argued that Cheshire County was the key to NH and NH the key to the nation in 2000. They are an antiwar and anti-GOP group rather than a Democratic one — I have moved on to working directly for the campaign but I am still on their mailing list. Their latest plan is to place hundreds of roadside signs saying “McSame/Bush” (actual image at swingthevote.us). If you think this is a good idea, check out their site and send them $5 per sign. I can vouch for their bona fides.