|TwitPict by Jonathan Weisman, NYTimes|
So I am encouraged by the reported turn out (we can't get there since we are staffing a canvass staging location in West Akron). It has been fascinating watching the women we work with at the local office realize Pat and I are partners. First there is cautious observation of our behavior. They love the president but maybe don't know many out queer people (they all know someone queer, generally in the choir of their church, usually quite closeted). Once they realize that we can cover lots of territory on a canvass, willingly make endless phone calls and generally do anything we are told to do they seem to decide that maybe President Obama was right.
So here's to showing up, the first and most important rule for becoming a good organizer.