In Both Sides' Get-Out-the-Vote Efforts Have Kinks, the Wall Street Journal (with no firewall for me at least) describes the Ohio get-out-the-vote efforts:
In the all-important ground game, both the Obama and Romney campaigns claim their get-out-the-vote operations are superior. But time spent with volunteers for each campaign in the crucial days before the election suggests that neither organization operates exactly as advertised in this key battleground state.The enjoyable evidence of Romney GOTV campaign kinks:
The callers, however, repeatedly reached people who don't plan to vote for Mr. Romney, and, in some cases, weren't even registered to vote, casting doubt on the quality of the lists. One woman said she hasn't voted for 14 years and doesn't plan to resume this year. Another woman had moved, one was in a nursing home and a man said he wasn't a registered voter. Another person who picked up the phone told the volunteer, "She's not voting for him. Please stop calling her."
The Romney campaign is also described as knocking on doors of unregistered voters, strong Obama supporters, and even making three calls on the chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party. And my favorite, they ran into two Romney supporters who didn't know how they would get to the polls, and they didn't offer them a ride. In Ohio!
But in a nod to false equivalence, here is the WSJ's evidence of Obama campaign kinks:
* Calling on an Obama supporter who had already voted early.
* Calling on a committed Obama supporter who was planning to vote anyway.
* Calling on an Obama supporter who wasn't on the target list, and just happened to answer the door.
Yup, both Ohio campaigns have GOTV "kinks." But I like our kinks a whole lot more than their kinks.