We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

Cross posted at Typical PA White Woman http://typicalpawhitewoman.blogspot.com/

I live near Scranton in a small town just north of the city.  Two days ago I was there all day, canvassing and calling and meeting new friends from all over the country.

We canvassed west side, that is where Hillary's father is buried just a few yards from my father in law and his father and mother and my ex-mother in law's parents Honeybee and Pop.

We had all positive responses except for one Naderite and a lot of people not home.  In fact one man who was a republican said he was counting on us to get her nominated because he was going to vote for her in November.  He said "we need a woman in office".

I talked to a lot of great people on the phone and it was all over a great day.

But yesterday was even better.  Join me on the other side and let me tell you how great it was.

Yesterday we knocked on just about 5000 doors just in Scranton.  We sent out three shifts of canvassers.  

I didn't get there until about 3.  I drove to Steamtown Mall and used their underground parking.  From there it is a three block walk to get to the old Ritz theater building where the campaign has two store front office spaces.  In the front is the main office, phones etc... In the office farther back in the hall is where the walk packets are organized.

Today Obama will be in town and we will be sending some supports there to his event just to let them know this is still Hillary Country.

So I got to the office and immediately the guy at the desk asked me to man the reception desk so that he could pee.  I was happy to do so and more or less got stuck there for the rest of the day.  That was cool though because that gave him a chance to make calls and another guy to do canvassing.  And I got to talk to everyone who came in and ask them how their day went.

It was great, everyone had such a positive experience.   Everyone said the people they talked to were friendly and solidly behind Hillary.  

There were a few bad experiences with visibility.  There are always a few cars of young men who drive by and scream "she's a b*tch" or something similarly brilliant.  I always tell people to brush that sort of thing off whether it is in person or on the phone.  If you have done a lot of political organizing you know that there are people who will be rude and miserable.  But when it is a sexist insult, well imagine if someone yelled out the window at some Obama supporters some sort of racist slur.  It's painful when it gets so personal and so bigoted.  Still you have to laugh it off and realize that hundreds of people drove past and saw your signs and they honked or they were happy to see you out there.

Politics are hard, I could tell you some stories about working for Rendell that would turn your stomach.  You wouldn't believe how many people came in to my office and screamed at me that I was an abortionist....lol.  For people who are new to it, they take some of this very personally.  So take a few extra minutes to thank the people who are out there on the streets and making calls.  

We had people from New Hampshire about 15 people who are staying through tuesday, MA, CT, NJ, NY, VA, DC, MD, Long Island... Maine. We have 14 people from TX (and several staff members) just in our office alone.  

I met a woman from New Paltz NY which is where my sister lives.  The woman also grew up in the next school district to where I went to school (decades ago) in upstate NY.. and we both love Opera...weird.  = )

Late in the afternoon 4 African American women showed up and they went out canvassing and came back and made calls until almost 9.   the cam in from NY.  I was dying to ask them why Hillary and not Obama.  But that is not the sort of thing you can ask without seeming like you are treating someone as a sociological oddity. But I was very glad to see them there.  It broke a little of the sense of division I have been feeling.  

There were a LOT of people from NH.  I think after their surprise victory they were energized for Hillary in a way other states were not.  One woman was telling me how down they all were on primary day in NH and how they went around trying to remain upbeat while door knocking.  Then they went to the victory party afterward and while watching CNN they noticed she was up 3 percent.  They kept sneaking looks at the TV to see when the numbers would switch.  She said they were telling each other, "well some big Obama district will get counted and his numbers will go up".  But all night it didn't happen and at the point CNN called NH for Hillary she said lots of people were crying and they were all hugging friends and strangers, so so happy that they had pulled it off.

I remember that night and how the spinners for Obama (calling themselves pundits and pretending to be neutral) were on TV saying that it might have been the "Bradley effect", basically accusing the people of NH of racism and ignoring the fact that so many thousands of new women voters went to the polls and voted for the first time.  That was unfair and disrespectful of the people of NH, so many of whom went to the polls and voted for Obama.

So many of the out of town people will be here to celebrate with us on Tuesday if we win. One woman from CT said she was there to pay penance for her state.  It will be great for her to be here if Hillary wins.  I am excited for her, she was so disappointed when CT went for Obama.  

I will go back in the morning and I will make more calls and do more canvassing.  On Tuesday Hillary may win PA despite Obama's massive commercial buy and negative adds.  She doesn't have to win big after being outspent 3 to 1 over the last month and the constant bombardment by the ridiculous and sexist press, accusing her of attacks and pretending Obama is above it all when clearly he is not.  No she just has to win and she may very well.  I am hoping for about 8 points.

OH, and I did not run in to NewHampster.  I am starting to think he is a myth.  I am going to start making up Paul Bunyan type tales about him if I don't meet him today.

Tags: Election 2008, Hillary Clinton (all tags)



Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

It must be so exciting to be part of this. I'm living out of the country at this time. I'm very jealous. Have Fun

by Politicalslave 2008-04-20 02:05AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

it is fun.  Just stayed tuned, we will give you a good sense of what is going on over the next few days.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-20 02:08AM | 0 recs
Argh. I'm feeling so guilty!
Here comes another donation to HRC on behalf of the great efforts of you guys.
Many thanks!
by internetstar 2008-04-20 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

This is a great thing for the DEM party indeed in PA. I volunteered for Obama in a rough Chester, PA neighborhood. He has registered soooo many voters here that the DEM party HRC people that run the local machine are grateful even.

by McTrollop 2008-04-20 04:14AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

I fell asleep last night before posting this, so I tried to fix all the places where I said "today" but if I missed some, well it is still really early and I am tired.

But the birds are chirping and my windows are open and it looks to be another glorious spring day here.  
If you are with in driving distance, please come and  join us here in Scranton.  We still have thousands of doors to hit and the local restaurants are WONDERFUL.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-20 02:06AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

Who is New Hampster?

And are more volunteers needed?

I live in South Wilkes-Barre, PA.

by BPK80 2008-04-20 02:48AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

NewHampster is a diarist here and at dkos who traveled from NH to volunteer in Scranton.  I have been keeping my ears peeled for his NH accent so I can say hi because I have been reading his diaries for months, but I did not see him yesterday.

We always need more help, but there is also an office in Wilkes Barre where you can go help out.  If you know that area I am sure there are many neighborhoods that need to be canvassed in Wilkes Barre.  Take a friend and make a fun day of it and meet some out of state volunteers.  Make sure to thank them for coming to our state to help.

Or come to Scranton if you like, we would love to have you.  We open up here at about 10am.  I am not sure about Wilkes Barre, but I imagine it is the same.  I am sure they are down on the city square.  But you can call information to get the number and give them a call.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-20 03:15AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

Thank you 10,000X for the info.  I have work off tomorrow and may designate it Hillary day!

And yes, people LOVE her in Northeast PA.  It's not some sort of detached thing or "lesser of two evils."  Everywhere I go, the enthusiasm for her is through the roof!  I wouldn't be surprised if she wins Luzerne and Lackawanna by well over 70%.

<3's for Hillary.  

by BPK80 2008-04-20 09:06AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA
I am one of the volunteers in Scranton from NY that TeresaInPa is talking about.  I also had a "great day" yesterday, canvassing from 10am to 7pm.  We (four volunteers in my car) hit 400 houses.  It was a beautiful day so half of the people weren't home but of those who were the overwhelming majority were going to vote for Hillary and were very enthusiastic about it.  I only knocked on one "Obama door".  The man who answered was un-Pennsylvanian in his rudeness:  "Get off my porch.  We are for Obama."  Otherwise, most comments were along this line:  "We're all for Hillary; my whole family."
Unlike Teresa, I am hoping for and predicting a double digit win on Tuesday. Teresa if you see this post, look for the guy with the red gotee who has his name on his Hillary button. That's me.  I will be here thru Weds AM.
by ulsterdem 2008-04-20 04:11AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA
Hi Ulsterdem.  I saw your post yesterday and hoped to run in to you.  Now I know what you look like I will keep a look out.  Maybe if we get to the office at the same time we can have a bottle of water together or something.
I am the middle aged tall blondish woman... oh wait, that's half the office.  I guess you will have to bellow out "where is Teresa?"
by TeresaInPa 2008-04-20 04:55AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

Thanks for the update. I am rooting for Hillary with everything I have. This dairy and the comments represent the positive comments that should embody political competition among political supporters. Shout out to the Obama supporter who is helping his candidate.

by LadyEagle 2008-04-20 04:45AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

Well done Teresa.  I love reading about the door to door canvassing from people who are passionate enough to leave their busy lives and go out and try to make a difference by  advocating for the candidate they believe will make a difference.  Thanks a lot and good luck.  I really want Hillary to take it in a big way on Tues. and every day after that.

by Kingstongirl 2008-04-20 05:35AM | 0 recs

 Glad you having a good time.

by missliberties 2008-04-20 06:02AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

How many Dems are there in that part of the state compared to Philly and environs?

by politicsmatters 2008-04-20 06:22AM | 0 recs
just as many

or as big a percentage.  This is a heavily democratic area.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-20 10:12AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

WOW!  Great diary Teresa and fantastic effort on your part.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to and for all the work.

by LindaSFNM 2008-04-20 06:49AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

Thank you for this great diary.  We are all there with you in spirit.  Have a sip of water for me.  ;-)

God bless you all.

by macmcd 2008-04-20 06:54AM | 0 recs
Sounds beautiful

Hope you run into NewHampster today!

by catfish1 2008-04-20 07:55AM | 0 recs
ha ha, I talked to him

I will see him later and tell you all about it tonight when I blog again.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-20 10:43AM | 0 recs
If you can point us to any photos

that would be awesome. Hope you see some rise, Hillary, rise shirts today too.

I'm bringing my camera to Oregon.

by catfish1 2008-04-20 10:44AM | 0 recs
Great diary. Keep up the good work

and thanks for going out there and pounding the pavement on behalf of all of use HRC supporters.

by LatinoVoter 2008-04-20 08:23AM | 0 recs
Re: We had a GREAT DAY in Scranton PA

Thanks so much for the great report and for the for the great GOTV efforts.  Glad that you will meet New Hampster later tonight.  

God bless you all!  :)

by Hurdy Gurdy 2008-04-20 01:09PM | 0 recs
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Thanks, great news from the ground in Scranton!

by snarbagel 2008-04-20 01:09PM | 0 recs
You did so meet me

and we even hugged.  Me all sweaty after 6 hours of canvassing.

What a great group of people we get to meet but folks I'll tell you, T from PA is the welcoming smile and lovely voice of the Scranton.  It's women like her that make this fight worthwhile.

by NewHampster 2008-04-20 01:49PM | 0 recs


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