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“Would You Consider Voting for President Obama?”

A man rang my doorbell Saturday afternoon to ask me that question. I was busy working on a few projects at the time, so his question caught me off guard. The first thing that came out of my mouth was a very loud, “Absolutely not! We’ve seen what Obama can do.”

After I said that, the man started  laughing. Not a nervous “Hey, that guy is 6′ 3′, 300lbs and I just said something he didn’t like” type laugh, but real laughter. I think he realized that he had a product that would be very hard to se…

  1. Jon Vin

    My local K-12 District School Board has a couple openings. There’s a pretty solid chance I’d take the time to consider writing him for one of those seats…I mean…ya know…I’d have to see who else is running. But, sure, I’d keep an open mind…perhaps.

  2. Richard

    I haven’t had a knock on my door trying to get me to vote for someone, here the politicians go around in noise trucks disturbing the peace. I guess they figure they cover more ground that way. They also give speeches outside the train stations so people can walk by and ignore them while the pol’s little minions try to give you flyers (and yes they have even tried to give to me even though I don’t look the least bit Japanese). They have all kinds of restrictions on TV ads, so ads are not done the same way here as in the US, which leads to campaigns being waged somewhat differently.

    Not too long ago a drunk foreigner near here, I believe it was a Brit, walked up to a politician who was giving a speech by a train station and yanked his microphone away and yelled something like: “Japanese politicians are too noisy.” Apparently he got into huge trouble over that, I guess that is a crime that is punishable with possible jail time.  

  3. Vance Richards
    Jon Vin: My local K-12 District School Board has a couple openings. There’s a pretty solid chance I’d take the time to consider writing him for one of those seats…I mean…ya know…I’d have to see who else is running. But, sure, I’d keep an open mind…perhaps. · 1 hour ago

    Yeah, but think about what a trillion dollar crayon-ready kindergarten stimulus might do to your property taxes.

  4. Vance Richards
    R. Craigen: Hmmm.  What if you answered, “Well, if you’ll consider voting for Romney … in which case, let’s sit down on my step for a while and discuss the pros and cons”.  .  .

    Obama’s main strength, going into the last lap, is his impressive army of volunteers.  The conservative side has got nothing like it, but what we’ve got is thinking flesh-and-blood patriots.  Tea party etc.  I’m suggesting that thousands — tens of thousands of conservative patriots get out and target these folks.  In a worst case you’ll simply keep the BHO footsoldiers off their beat. · 10 hours ago

    I agree that it would have been nice to discuss the issues, but once he saw my reaction he just laughed and moved on. Guess I need to work on my poker face.

    Also, my wife told me that she saw signs in town where the Democrats are hiring people to work on the campaign. So, I don’t think this guy was a volunteer. He was probably just someone who needed  extra money . . . so he can survive in the Obama economy.

  5. R. Craigen

    Hmmm.  What if you answered, “Well, if you’ll consider voting for Romney … in which case, let’s sit down on my step for a while and discuss the pros and cons”.  If you flip, or shake the convictions of, one of their footsoldiers, think how many votes that counts for.

    In fact, here’s an idea:  an army of well-equipped and nicely mannered R&R supporters who seek out and find said footsoldiers, either in the act or at their meetings, take down their guard “Say, why don’t we all go for coffee — I’m payin’ — and let’s talk about some of these issues” and hold them accountable for what they’re supporting.

    Obama’s main strength, going into the last lap, is his impressive army of volunteers.  The conservative side has got nothing like it, but what we’ve got is thinking flesh-and-blood patriots.  Tea party etc.  I’m suggesting that thousands — tens of thousands of conservative patriots get out and target these folks.  In a worst case you’ll simply keep the BHO footsoldiers off their beat.

  6. RightinChicago

    Are you serious?!?!?!?!

  7. Lucy Pevensie
    Vance Richards

    R. Craigen: Hmmm.  What if you answered, “Well, if you’ll consider voting for Romney … in which case, let’s sit down on my step for a while and discuss the pros and cons”.  .  .

    I agree that it would have been nice to discuss the issues, but once he saw my reaction he just laughed and moved on. Guess I need to work on my poker face.

    My husband converted a young woman who was canvassing for an environmental group earlier this year.   I’m not sure how easy it would be to convert someone who was actually canvassing for Obama this close to the election.  However, if you slow them down for a half an hour, you keep them from knocking on  5 more doors, at least.

    We kept several callers on the phone for quite a while trying to talk us into voting against Scott Walker in the recall last spring. I am still not entirely clear why they kept calling us, since we moved to North Carolina in 2006 and have a landline with a North Carolina area code, but if they were willing to pay for the call, I was willing to take it.

  8. Mel Foil

    If I was planning to defect to North Korea on November 7th, then yes, I would vote for Obama. But that’s not in the cards.

  9. Aelreth
    Lucy Pevensie

    My husband converted a young woman who was canvassing for an environmental group earlier this year.   I’m not sure how easy it would be to convert someone who was actually canvassing for Obama this close to the election.  However, if you slow them down for a half an hour, you keep them from knocking on  5 more doors, at least.

    We kept several callers on the phone for quite a while trying to talk us into voting against Scott Walker in the recall last spring. I am still not entirely clear why they kept calling us, since we moved to North Carolina in 2006 and have a landline with a North Carolina area code, but if they were willing to pay for the call, I was willing to take it. · 1 minute ago

    Wait they were calling in the drone swarms from NC for a Wisconsin Election?

  10. The King Prawn

    Each of the bullet points (with exception of the last) can only be measured by intention rather than outcome. The whole thing is just another take on the democrats=good/republicans=evil meme. They are killing us with this. Most of our politics is played between the 45 yard lines, yet the left has convinced many casual spectators that we’re consistently on the 20.

  11. Lucy Pevensie
    Aelreth

    We kept several callers on the phone for quite a while trying to talk us into voting against Scott Walker in the recall last spring. I am still not entirely clear why they kept calling us, since we moved to North Carolina in 2006 and have a landline with a North Carolina area code, but if they were willing to pay for the call, I was willing to take it.

    Wait they were calling in the drone swarms from NC for a Wisconsin Election?

    I’m sure that they got our landline number because at one point it had been linked to our (Wisconsin area code) cell numbers–although the companies were separated several years ago.  So, yeah, not so bright.  It wouldn’t have been rocket science to realize that they were calling a North Carolina landline. But no one ever said they were bright, and we found the calls entertaining. 

  12. Mark Wilson
    Vance Richards:

    Years later, they are still going with the “saved or created” nonsense to defend stimulus. How many jobs were saved? How many jobs were created? Or should we just assume that if you spend that much money, someone must have benefited from it?

    That’s exactly what they do, in fact.  It boils down to, “The stimulus creates jobs because our model says it creates jobs, a model which is based on the assumption that it creates jobs.” 

  13. Richard Stewart
    @Severely Ltd, the reference to Napoleon Dynamite is spot on! if memory serves, Pedro’s full slogan was, “Vote for Pedro: he’ll make all your wildest dreams come true.” That’s amusing when a high school kid, in a movie, says it. But it’s shocking and sad when a real political campaign’s rhetoric becomes a case of life imitating art. And it’s far worse when the real policies of a real president’s administration operates that way as well.
  14. Severely Ltd.

    The photo on the flyer looks like he’s running for Class President. I’m voting for Pedro.

  15. Chris Campion

    That’s a pretty amazing flier.  “Reformed Wall Street”  Really?  What happened with Dodd-Frank, again?

    “Killed Osama bin Laden”.  Imagine if Bush had political fliers going around, listing AQ bad guys he had “killed”, or captured.  Imagine the anguished howls of outrage that a president could run around the country, touting his “kills” so he could get re-elected.  I guess in Big Boy Barry’s world, declining to authorize the mission twice before authorizing it, then taking literal credit for a “kill”, makes him, well, what, exactly?  Presidential?

    Imagine if progressives had both memories, and consciences. 

    Imagine.

  16. Freeven

    Q. “Would you consider voting for President Obama?”

    A. “Depends. What’s he running for?”

  17. Foxman

    Or should we just assume that if you spend that much money, someone must have benefited from it?”

    Someone most certainly benefited from it.  Was this person unemployed or about to become unemployed?  Not so sure about that.

  18. Vance Richards
    Chris Campion: That’s a pretty amazing flier.  “Reformed Wall Street”  Really?  What happened with Dodd-Frank, again?

    “Killed Osama bin Laden”.  Imagine if Bush had political fliers going around, listing AQ bad guys he had “killed”, or captured.  Imagine the anguished howls of outrage that a president could run around the country, touting his “kills” so he could get re-elected.  I guess in Big Boy Barry’s world, declining to authorize the mission twice before authorizing it, then taking literal credit for a “kill”, makes him, well, what, exactly?  Presidential?

    Imagine if progressives had both memories, and consciences. 

    Imagine. · 53 minutes ago

    Maybe that will be a question for the debate tomorrow, ” Mr. Romney, your opponent killed bin Laden, who have you killed?”

  19. Mark Wilson
    Vance Richards

    Chris Campion: That’s a pretty amazing flier.  “Reformed Wall Street”  Really?  What happened with Dodd-Frank, again?

    “Killed Osama bin Laden”.  Imagine if Bush had political fliers going around, listing AQ bad guys he had “killed”, or captured.  Imagine the anguished howls of outrage thata president could run around the country, touting his “kills” so he could get re-elected.  I guess in Big Boy Barry’s world, declining to authorize the mission twice before authorizing it, then taking literal credit for a “kill”, makes him, well, what, exactly?  Presidential?

    Imagine if progressives had both memories, and consciences. 

    Imagine. · 53 minutes ago

    Maybe that will be a question for the debate tomorrow, ” Mr. Romney, your opponent killed bin Laden, who have you killed?” · 45 minutes ago

    From my friend: “Mr. Obama, is there a chance you could have shot to wound, instead of shooting to kill? Do you regret your failure to bring Bin Laden in alive?”

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