It was about 12:30 this afternoon. I had just walked back from work, and Kish and I were getting ready to go out for some lunch and a trip to the Short North when we heard a knock at the door.
Kasey ran to the door and started barking like crazy. I scooped her up and opened the door, and a pleasant college-type kid who looked like he was about 20 was on our doorstep, wearing a “Bernie for President” t-shirt and carrying a clipboard.
“Hi, I’m here for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, encouraging you to get out and vote on Tuesday,” he said. He consulted his clipboard and asked for Kish by name, revealing that the campaign had given him information from the voter rolls and he knew she was a registered D. When she came to the door, he asked her who she was voting for, and she said she was feeling the Bern.
He smiled and had a look of real relief on his face, like he was afraid we were going to yell at him or slam the door in his face. “So, can I put you down as a strong likely vote for Bernie?” he asked. “I know that sounds silly, but this is the first time I’ve done this, and I’m kind of nervous. This is the first house I’ve stopped at,” he added. Kish said sure, and as he made a check mark on his sheet she asked him for one of those “Bernie for President” pieces you can hang on the doorknobs of people who aren’t home. He gladly gave us one, said goodbye and left, consulting his clipboard for the next registered D on the list.
That’s the first door knock and canvassing effort we’ve had at our German Village place. If people are wondering whether the Sanders campaign has a “ground game” in Ohio, we’d just seen our first tangible evidence that the answer is “yes.” It made me glad, too, that we’d been the first house the nervous kid had visited, and he came away with a “yes” vote for his candidate.
Democracy is pretty cool.