So about 500 people showed up to do Obama GOTV work for about 10 neighborhoods in the east end of Pittsburgh. The energy in the room was electric and absolutely fantastic.
You could tell that even the well-organized Obama campaign folks were surprised by the number of people in the ballroom. After a few enthusiastic speeches from local pols, they clearly outlined what Get-Out-the-Vote work is and the purpose that it serves and what is needed in exact numbers to make it happen.
They seriously had their sh*t together-- they got 500 people to each make 10 calls before they left the room. I signed up for 4 canvassing sessions and running a precinct on the day of the election. They pretty much demanded that everyone find a way to contribute any and all time that they could in the next 20 days-- in a really good way. If everything works as planned, as pointed out tonight, the road to the White House may very well go through Allegheny County.
Wow. Once again, I am incredibly impressed with the grassroots organization of the Obama campaign. In a word-- unprecedented.
The past few weeks have been nothing short of amazing. I have been volunteering throught the Squirrel Hill office and have been incredibly impressed with that office-- they put many of the "professional organizers" I've known to shame. Last Friday I went to the impromptu protest where several city blocks of downtown Pittsburgh were shut-down by a very festive, fun crowd who were there to register their contempt for Palin slinking into town to raise money at a $1000 plate fund-raiser.