Nearly 2 Million Doors, Nearly 2 Million Phones

Another important thing to look at for tomorrow is what exactly McCain is up against.  He’s down in all of the national polls, with most battlegrounds looking in Obama’s direction.  The only thing that could save McCain at this point is a jaw dropping ground game/get out the votes operation.  The only problem is that it’s the Obama campaign that appears to have the far superior organization.

Marc Ambinder pulls an email from Pennsylvania’s Obama campaign state director, Craig Schmirer, that shows exactly what kind of organization that McCain is facing on top of already steep odds.  According to Schmirer, in Pennsylvania alone, over the weekend only, nearly 2 million doors were knocked on by volunteers, and nearly 2 million phones were rung up not by robocalls, but by Obama volunteers pressing to get out the vote.

Now, let me assure you, as someone on both ends of this effort (I’ve manned the phone banks, and I’ve received an amazing number of calls), I can tell you that the Obama ground game is simply relentless.  Tomorrow morning in Virginia Beach, the field office will open up at the same time my alarm clock goes off at 5am.  By the time the polls open, there will be canvassing teams already heading out to post door hangers, and drivers already lined up to drive people to the polls should they need.

Often times there is barely breathing room in this office, and being the misanthrope that I am, I usually try and go during the dead hours when most sane people are at work.

But I keep thinking about this 2 million doors and 2 million phones.  Take that effort and multiply it (correcting for population of course) across all of the battlegrounds.  McCain is down in the polls, suffers from an enthusiasm gap, and he has to face a ground game the likes of which we have never seen before.

I don’t envy him.

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