Here are some pictures from the GOTV Nevada operation that I was a part of. Think of it like a photo essay.
The Union Vote:
“Our kids are moving away because there’s no future here,” AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka said in the United Steelworkers convention address. “And here’s a man, Barack Obama, who’s going to fight for people like us, and you won’t vote for him because of the color of his skin? Are you out of your ever-loving mind?” [NPR]
The “New Organizers” have succeeded in building what many netroots-oriented campaigners have been dreaming about for a decade. Other recent attempts have failed because they were either so “top-down” and/or poorly-managed that they choked volunteer leadership and enthusiasm; or because they were so dogmatically fixated on pure peer-to-peer or “bottom-up” organizing that they rejected basic management, accountability and planning. The architects and builders of the Obama field campaign, on the other hand, have undogmatically mixed timeless traditions and discipline of good organizing with new technologies of decentralization and self-organization. [Huffpo]
The economic downturn also had an impact. Las Vegas is one of the hardest-hit cities in the country from the mortgage crisis. “If there is any issue we care about it is what happens to us in this economy,” Sophia Frost, a 66-year-old cashier who normally votes Republican, said after casting a ballot for Mr. Obama. [WSJ]
These young voters and those slightly older, who together may forever be known as Generation O, were the ground troops of the campaign. They opened hundreds of Obama offices in remote areas, registered voters and persuaded older relatives to take a chance on the man with the middle name Hussein. They saw in Mr. Obama, 47, who was born at the tail end of the baby boom era, the values that sociologists and cultural critics ascribe to them. [NYT]