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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Donald Trump's campaign says it knocked on over 1 million doors in the past week alone. Joe Biden's campaign says it knocked on zero. The Republican and Democratic parties -- from the presidential candidates on down -- are taking polar opposite approaches to door-to-door canvassing this fall.

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This is mind-boggling to me. Having worked as a canvasser for Democratic campaigns for over 20 years, how could this be a good idea? With proper social distancing and precautions, how can knocking on someone's doors and trying to get them to vote be dangerous?

It's almost as if Biden's campaign is trying to lose.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-05 03:53 PM | Reply

You believe Trump's lie, FakeLawyer 2.0?

No one is buying that you knocked on doors for Democrats over the past 20 years either, your just as bad of liar as your boy Trump is.

#2 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-08-05 05:46 PM | Reply

Gee, if only a Trump supporter would come to my door... that will make me overlook his abysmal performance as president.

Biden could start speaking in tongues and I would still give him a shot over Trump.

#3 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-08-05 05:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#2

Just as no one is buying that with your "forced" name change you went from being a semi-literate troll like ChiefTutMoses to someone who now posts in full sentences?

#4 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-05 06:20 PM | Reply

Let me help you, Monson, by pointing out a couple of sentences in the article:

"Biden and the Democratic National Committee aren't sending volunteers or staffers to talk with voters at home, and don't anticipate doing anything more than dropping off literature unless the crisis abates.

Trump and the Republican National Committee, in contrast, started deploying mask-wearing field staffers and volunteers to the streets in June.

Republicans say their door-knocking dominance could make a difference in November, since in-person conversations have long been considered the most effective type of voter contact.

Both campaigns are funneling millions of dollars into their field programs. Trump Victory has over 1,500 full-time staffers across 23 states, and ...the RNC says they will add an additional 1,000 people by the end of September to focus on doors and get out the vote.

Biden's organizing program was slow to ramp up after the primary. Senior leadership for critical states like Florida and Pennsylvania were announced only in July and the campaign set a goal of just 600 hires by the end of June. The Biden campaign, however, told POLITICO it will have over 2,000 battleground staffers by the end of August through a coordinated committee with the DNC."

Regardless of whether Cheatolini's field ops have knocked on 1000 doors or 10 Million doors, that is still more than zero.

#5 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-05 06:27 PM | Reply

Highly suspect claim. Where are they canvassing? In the white suburbs, perhaps. In many neighborhoods showing up unannounced with a Trump button on one's shirt is a good way to meet the resident's angry dog or 12-gauge pump. As for the photo of a black Trump canvasser, all I can think is 'Are you getting paid enough for the abuse set upon you?'

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2020-08-05 06:41 PM | Reply

Canvassers are about as popular as robo calls

Nobody wants to be bothered by them. Especially during a pandemic

Good job to Politico on that photo though
Do you think they shopped around for a more suitable -------- to photograph

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2020-08-05 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Chief no like visitors unless bring whiskey. But nobody ever visit Chief. Chief think that because smell bad. Very bad."

-drunken savage

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-05 07:05 PM | Reply

"With proper social distancing and precautions, how can knocking on someone's doors and trying to get them to vote be dangerous?"

We call that "The Second Amendment."

But you bring up a good point.

The armed invaders who executed Breonna Taylor in her bed didn't knock.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-05 07:10 PM | Reply

#6

I thought the photo was suspect as well, but the fact remains that the Biden campaign admits that they are not canvassing at all, which I think is a mistake. Maybe they are all in on virtual campaigning, but most older voters aren't going to pay much attention to emails and social media.

#10 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-05 07:55 PM | Reply

I don't know if this is true or false.

But. It doesn't matter.

The polls say Biden won already.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-08-05 08:04 PM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY LEFTCOASTLAWYER

How many 'undecideds' do you think are out there?

#12 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-08-05 08:18 PM | Reply

Canvassing is most important for state and local candidates trying to personally reach voters who may be completely ignorant of down ballot races.

Right now, with a pandemic raging, 30 million people unemployed, millions participating in demonstrations in cities and towns both big and small, our current President being an obsequious presence in our lives every single day per his own desires to dominate each news cycle, I cannot think of a bigger waste of money and resources paying people to go door to door extolling Trump's virtues.

It's obvious many people continue to think that this year's campaign is just like any other. It isn't, and it hasn't been since coronavirus became the controlling issue driving every other policy into secondary status.

The only functional purpose of phone banking and door knocking is to identify and then solidify that your voters make it to the polls, period. There is not a thing any canvasser is going to say that will change the mind of voters when most everyone is engaged in this year's candidates because our very lives are at stake in a way that's never happened before in our lifetimes.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-05 08:35 PM | Reply

How many 'undecideds' do you think are out there?
#12 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

Probably very few.

It's not the undecideds that are up for grabs. It's the easily swayed.

It's the people who care about an issue as long as it's in the news, who are potential voters in November.

Right now Trump is bad.

But. How many news cycles are there between now and November?

Enough to change public opinion?

We're going to find out.

#14 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-08-05 09:18 PM | Reply

The only functional purpose of phone banking and door knocking is to identify and then solidify that your voters make it to the polls, period. There is not a thing any canvasser is going to say that will change the mind of voters

If they have an entrenched position, that is my experience as well, but as Clownshack notes, it only takes a few easily swayed voters to make a difference, especially in toss up states.

#15 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-05 09:29 PM | Reply

Looking at the voting percentages, there's a lot of apathetic apolitical people out there to be swayed. Following Hilary's disastrous campaign strategy?

#16 | Posted by willowby at 2020-08-06 12:58 AM | Reply

How many news cycles are there between now and November?

88 days.

Keep up with the disastrous coronavirus campaign events Fat Nixon, you are the best advertisement for Biden he could ever ask for.

#17 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-08-06 09:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How many 'undecideds' do you think are out there?

Less than anyone thinks. Much less.

The --- show handling of the pandemic, the lies, the corrupt handling of testing, now the forced opening of schools and the news of entire classrooms of kids being put into quarantine on day ONE of school because one student testing positive is going to crater his approval.

His one positive, the economy, was ufcked up by him not wanting to rattle the markets in Feb and ignoring the deadly virus. Now 13,000,000 less people are employed than when he took office and him and Mitch McMoscow are denying extending unemployment funds and freeze on evictions. If they don't capitulate their position the economic numbers will begin cratering again. If they do capitulate their position then the democrats take a victory lap.

The corruption over the pandemic relief with YRC Trucking is just coming to light. Billions for the child molesting catholic church. Jared killing the national testing program because they wanted to punish blue states.

The GOP was pushing a remodeling of the West Wing of the White House and billions for and FBI building so that Trumps DC hotel was protected from competition while simultaneously cutting unemployment benefits by 2/3 is going to play well.

If anyone was undecided at this point, they are morons.

#18 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-08-06 09:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"If anyone was undecided at this point, they are morons."

That's been said in every election at this point.

Don't discount the number of undecideds. I think there are still many of them...enough to make the difference in swing states.

#19 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-06 09:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm NOT voting for Lord Dampnut AKA short-fingered vulgarian, and since I seem to live in a self-inflicted bubble, neither are any of my FB friends, after I sacked all of the Trumpanzees. One major plus...the local Democratic office received a nice shipment of Biden yard signs, and they're going out fast. In 2016 they received NO Hillary materials until TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION. It was hardly a Xmas Miracle that Trump took Wisconsin.

#20 | Posted by john47 at 2020-08-06 10:46 AM | Reply

With proper social distancing and precautions, how can knocking on someone's doors and trying to get them to vote be dangerous?

Masked or not, i don't want anyone coming to my door, and i respect the Biden campaign for respecting me and my family.

Would you even answer your door for a canvasser right now?

#21 | Posted by JOE at 2020-08-06 11:04 AM | Reply

My daughter worked on a congressional campaign this summer. She knocked on doors for 2 months.

It was fine. Some real psychos didn't like it but it was the exception. Most folks were polite. She kept her distance and wore a mask while talking with folks.

IOW, she didn't put anybody at risk.

#22 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-06 11:07 AM | Reply

Everyone has their own risk tolerance. Given how little we truly know about this virus, and as someone with close elderly relatives, i'm not talking to anyone i don't have to, especially a Trumper who is less likely to be taking precautions in their life outside of canvassing.

#23 | Posted by JOE at 2020-08-06 11:11 AM | Reply

Ayyyy Eb good for your daughter.
If she didn't get burned out from the process of politics, she might be interested in "College to Congress"
www.collegetocongress.org
A former coworker an internship is on their exec staff there

#24 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-06 11:33 AM | Reply

From an*

Wish that type of resource was available back 5+ years ago.

#25 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-06 11:37 AM | Reply

Thanks Gonoles.

Her guy won his primary and with virtually no challenger from the democratic party, he's in officially in November.

So.....that means there is a good chance she will intern for him next summer in DC.

#26 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-06 11:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

most older voters aren't going to pay much attention to emails and social media.

#10 | POSTED BY LEFTCOASTLAWYER

We have had enough. Older folks pay attention. Most know the deal.

I will let you in on a little secret. Us "older voters" are ready to vote right now.

And us older folks pay more attention to "social media" than you apparently think.

Hell, I remember when ManBearPig and I invented the damn internet.

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-06 11:59 AM | Reply

My father has been a staunch Republican for 40 years but never votes. He didn't vote in 2016 because he thought Trump was an idiot.

He's voting for Biden in 2020.

I don't think a Trump canvasser would enjoy a conversation with him.

#28 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-08-06 01:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

President Obama campaigned in the rain and was all over the country talking to folks and he won twice. Hillary Clinton was lazy to campaign in some places and we are all paying the price of King Trump misrule. Biden campaign needs to knock on as many doors as possible observing social distancing to avoid the Hillary syndrome!

#29 | Posted by bingy at 2020-08-06 11:07 PM | Reply

#29

LEFTCOASTLAWYER,

Are you posting on your own thread using a sock puppet?

#30 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-08-06 11:41 PM | Reply

I don't think a Trump canvasser would enjoy a conversation with him.
#28 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Maybe not the canvasser, but I would enjoy their conversation.

#31 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-08-06 11:42 PM | Reply

"Hi, I'm a a canvaser for trump and yes I do know that there are 158,000 pandemic deaths so far, I'm visiting you in person today hoping to make it 158,001.

You're welcome."

#32 | Posted by danni at 2020-08-07 09:50 AM | Reply

Fake News... Trump can't possibly have THAT many
rabid drool dripping morons to go out and do real
work for the campaign.

Sit around and bitch and moan about wearing masks...yes.

Wave around a bunch of Confederate Flags and wonder what
their lives would have been like, had they actually
completed high school...yes.

But real actual work for the man, that involves exercise?
I have my doubts...

#33 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-08-07 10:56 AM | Reply

For as much spin and excuse-making as I've seen on this page, the ground-game matters in a presidential campaign.

This is a big mistake being made by the Biden campaign.

#34 | Posted by zetaleph at 2020-08-07 04:10 PM | Reply

This is a big mistake being made by the Biden campaign.

#34 | POSTED BY ZETALEP

Blah blah blah.

Biden knocks on my door everyday. Via email text and social media.

After all there is an out of control pandemic in Trumpy's America.

And this is 2020.

#35 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-07 04:28 PM | Reply

A lot of older people aren't on social media and I've yet to get a text from Biden.

Blow this off if you wish. It's a mistake.

#36 | Posted by zetaleph at 2020-08-07 04:53 PM | Reply

It's a mistake.
#36 | POSTED BY ZETALEPH

He's going to lose regardless, right?

So WTF does it matter?

#37 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-08-07 06:27 PM | Reply

#30

No, what makes you think that?

#38 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-07 07:30 PM | Reply

Didn't you know that a lot of the loons here still think I am Righto?

#39 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-07 07:31 PM | Reply

He's reading over your shoulder.
You're his boy toy.

#40 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-07 07:39 PM | Reply

#40 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-08-07 07:39 PM | FLAG: HOMOPHOBIC

#41 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-07 08:04 PM | Reply

LOL, how is homophobic?

#42 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-07 08:11 PM | Reply

"A lot of older people aren't on social media"

{Posted by an old guy on social media.}

It's a mistake.

#36 | POSTED BY ZETALEPH

The mistake is in the White House.

Biden can hurt Gawd. And he don't need to leave the basement to do it.

So you better behave mister.

#43 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-07 08:36 PM | Reply

" I've yet to get a text from Biden. "

That's why jeffj isn't voting for biden.

#44 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-08-07 09:38 PM | Reply

I've yet to get a text from Biden.
36 | POSTED BY ZETALEPH

Text:
joe to 30330.

#45 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-07 09:46 PM | Reply

"So you better behave mister.

#43 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY"

What happens if I don't behave? Do I have to let Biden smell my hair?

#46 | Posted by zetaleph at 2020-08-07 10:12 PM | Reply

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