Monday, December 31, 2007
It takes a village... to get out the vote.
--Candy Crowley, Senior Political Correspondent

The Clinton campaign, counting heavily on first-time caucus-goers who are female and over 50, is doing the following to get them out (in addition to phone-call and door-knocking reminders)

A) dispensing hundreds of snow shovels to clear the walks of, um, mature women who may not have had them shoveled after recent storms (since caucus night looks clear although cold)

B) relying on a "caucus buddy system," having over the past year teamed up (mostly) strangers in precincts who have been in touch with one another. Idea: they encourage each other and ride together to the caucus to make it a social event.

C) providing catering at many caucuses.

As an aside here is direct quote from Clinton strategist on one segment of their target audience: "We even have a category of caucus-goer (and a pretty damn big one) of people from 90 to 110."

While Clintonites offer friends, rides, food and shoveling, the Obama campaign, with a core that is 45 and younger (read: child-bearing age) is offering... yes, babysitting.
Posted By CNN: 2:22 PM ET
  2 Comments
And not too far back in American history candidates would supply whiskey and beer to help get the vote out. I guess babysitting, shoveling, car rides, and catering are our more sedate ways of getting out the vote. Same principle though and it always seemed to work.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 8:57 PM ET
Candy:

Aren't the parties allowing the primaries and caucuses too early if the weather is playing a significant role???
Posted By Blogger NewOrleansACfan : 12:49 AM ET
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