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August 28, 2006

Doorbelling for Darcy, #2

Yesterday I headed over to Bellevue to do another afternoon of doorbelling for Darcy’s campaign.  This time we were canvassing in the Lake Hills area of Bellevue, a middle class area with a range from upper middle class homes to the lower end of middle class homes.  I made it to all 50 homes on my list although I’m not sure how coherent I was there at the end.  Even with more shade on the blocks I was walking, it was a pretty hot day.   

This was the second run through this precinct so I was going to homes where people had not responded earlier.  It meant there were a lot of blocks where I was only hitting maybe three houses out of ten.  It made for more walking and more driving between neighborhoods but at least a lot of folks were home this time.  That makes the walk up the steps or down the walk to someone’s home far more rewarding. 

The list was also more accurate than the one I’d used a month ago in Renton.  I maybe found three homes where the person on the list had moved or wasn’t known by the current occupant. 

I was in a great mood and happy to talk with everyone, of whatever political or non-political persuasion.  Although, of course, it is always great to find those Democrats who were already tracking Darcy’s progress or didn’t know her but were definitely against Reichert.  One woman just shook her head in disgust talking about him.  She said, “I didn’t like him as a sheriff and I don’t like him as a Congressman.” 

These folk were pleased to find out more about Darcy.   To a person they said they’d vote for her.  I even talked to one woman who was interested enough that I suggested she attend a women’s luncheon that Chris Gregoire will host for Darcy in the next few weeks. 

That Darcy’s name recognition was higher here than I’d found a month ago makes a lot of sense given the introductory TV ad that’s been running and the increase in general focus on the election in the media.  It may have also been partly the difference in the area.  Bellevue is definitely trending Democratic and voted for both Gore and Kerry in the Presidential elections. 

Whatever it was, it was a good sign. 

I found a number of people who clearly identified as Republicans and weren’t interested in hearing anything about Darcy.  One man, however, was willing to rouse himself from watching golf to commend me and the campaign for canvassing.  He said right off that he was a Republican and happy to be one.  But, he said that any campaign that had good people out canvassing was doing well.  The interaction was a bit odd but it gave me a lift nonetheless.

The most memorable talk I had was with a young mother who identifies herself as a Christian woman and said she was quite conflicted and didn’t want to be pigeon-holed as a Republican.  She had heard of Darcy and liked her story.  When I asked her what her key issues were she said the environment and abortion.  I was quite straight with her.  I said that Darcy supported a woman’s right to choose but like all of us, wanted abortions to be as rare as possible.  I also suggested she go and listen to Darcy sometime if she got a chance.  Later, I said that the issue of abortion must be a very heart-felt issue for her.  She appreciated my acknowledgement of that and we left on very good terms.  I wouldn’t be surprised if she wound up voting for Darcy in the privacy of the voting booth.

I was able to have one conversation with a young father who identifies as a Republican but really doesn’t like what Congress is doing.  He was a real talker and I didn’t want to interrupt him but when he took a break from talking, I reminded him that Congress was Republican dominated.  I had had time during his monologue to remember that Chris Bowers of MyDD fame says that the #1 thing that people need to know if they don’t like what’s going on in Congress is what party it is controlled by.  It is the most likely thing to influence their vote. 

This time I found several people who refused to say who they would vote for or what their political inclinations were.  Most of them allowed me to give them a brochure for Darcy but some weren’t even willing to go that far.  In this age of intrusions into people’s privacy, I could understand their position although it wasn’t much fun to talk with them.

The hardest conversations for me are with people who consider themselves independents and clearly don’t know much about the differences between the two parties.  It’s just hard for me personally to talk with people who pay so little attention that they don't understand the massive differences between the two parties now.  The nice thing about doing this doorbelling regularly is that I can see how I can get better at working with people over time.  I think next time I’ll remember to ask these folks what their particular interests are and to take more time in listening to them if they are amenable. 

I’m sure the campaign would be happy to have more volunteers.  And money.  It’s well worth it. 

Here’s the link to my previous post on doorbelling for Darcy a month ago.

Posted by Lynn Allen on August 28, 2006 at 02:15 PM in Candidate Races, Taking Action | Permalink

Comments

I feel like I was there! Thanks for another interesting recap.

Posted by: Daniel K | Aug 28, 2006 3:26:24 PM

Daniel, it is excellent that you FELT like you were there. The next critical step is to actually BE THERE. Darcy's election is critical as one of the 15 we need to win to gain back control of the House. We all must find actual roles that will contribute to this Victory. This election is far more than vicarious! We need to contribute our money, our effort and our commitment. We need to WIN! jack

Posted by: jack smith | Aug 30, 2006 10:02:23 PM

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