Republican spending on field staff has grown just slightly since 2004, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis covering reports from the presidential campaigns, as well as national and state parties. The GOP spent an estimated $22 million on personnel from June 1 to Oct. 15, compared to $19 million over the same period in 2004. Democrats have increased their staff expenditures from $30 million to $56 million — and they employed an estimated 4,500 workers making more than $1,500 a month as of mid-October, the latest information available. Sen. McCain and the Republicans had about 1,100 at that point.More than anything else, I'd think that should be the Irish in your coffeee MEGAN: Well, I'm not even done with Republican desperation yet! How about Republibitch Julie Myers possibly leaking Obama's aunt's immigration status despite laws against it. She's desperate enough to fuck up her own legal status to try to score points for McCain. SPENCER: Friends & housemates of mine, for instance, drove into Virginia to canvass for Obama at 2 pm. By 5 pm they were Twittering that the campaign took them as far south as Richmond. Clearly northern Virginia is locked up. In fairness, that's Tim Dickenson's guess as to who leaked the Auntie tape. But a more important question is this: if McCain is hitching his campaign's last hope to outrage over illegal immigration, doesn't that mean he's writing off the southwest? I don't see how you win NM, CO, NV and even ARIZONA if you start down the path of immigration-hysteria. MEGAN: I don't know why you would bother so close to the election, except that your desperation to win — and win at any cost — in the face of an obvious and overwhelming loss has overcome whatever political sense you once had. At which point, man, you really are Joe the Motherfucking Plumber, just like McCain's commercial says. SPENCER: Anyway, no one gives a shit about the immigration status of Obama's aunt. But everyone gives a shit about white people! And white people are more open to Obama than they were to Bill Clinton. So when Barack Obama becomes the first black president, white people will have a simple message: You're Welcome! MEGAN: It does warm the cockles of my heart that the majority of white people aren't stupid racists. One more blow to the Southern Strategy, Republimorons. Yeah, we noticed you thinkin' we're all racists, it might only have taken 40 years, but many of us are sort of peeved that you think we're so stupid. Those that aren't, well, those are the people yelling the n-word at your rallies and the rest of White American would like to disavow them. We'd like to be Peach America, or Light-Brown America, which is a more accurate description of our skin tone, and they can be White America, as in the hoods they'll likely take up wearing again on November 5th. Actually, maybe we can just tag 'em with a big white "R" on all their clothes, so we know the Krazy is Komin' Kwik. SPENCER: Do Crayola crayons still call the peach-colored crayon "flesh"? If so, THAT ALL ENDS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. [LOL -Ed.] MEGAN: No, they stopped doing that ages ago. Maybe they can make an special Obama pack, with ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW. SPENCER: Also, every taxpayer earning over $250,000 will have to freestyle over the "A Milli" beat. Man, can I not wait for the Second Holocaust! This one will be a Holocaust I can believe in. Holocaust the shit out of me, Barack! MEGAN: I keep saying this, but WHAT THE FUCK is up with all this Second Holocaust talk? Is this the new rapture plan or something? I forget what reason we're up to now, but I think the fact that the McCain campaign is serving up more idiot backbenchers to get chewed up on TV is another reason to not be so scared. When even their senior campaign people don't want to be associated with some of their new talking points or hurt their regular career prospects and serve up Michael Goldfarb, who Linkins says "prior to hooking up with the McCain campaign, lost many jobs to houseplants and particularly aggressive airborne diseases" and this Ben Porrit idiot, that ain't a good sign either. SPENCER: Don't bait me into a Goldfarb-hookup-joke, Megan. MEGAN: Do not use the words "Goldfarb" "hookup" and my name in the same sentence, Spencer. SPENCER: Last reason not to panic: my friend Avi Zenilman — one of the few Politico employees who has to fear a second Holocaust — points out that all the big states except Florida have Democratic secretaries of state. Watch this become the seedbed for the conservative contention that the Negroes stole the election. MEGAN: I mean, they are really only going to be talking about one "of them." SPENCER: Oh wait one more reason not to panic: Our friend Angela Valdez reports for Salon about how miserable it is to phonebank for McCain.
A moment passes before I wince from the familiar screech of a disconnected line "ooo wee ooo." And that's the first trend I discover. Not just that this particular land line is dead, but that land lines in general are dead. In my first half-hour, I make 20 calls and speak to two live people. Mostly, I leave messages. Over a period of several days I make a total of 100 calls for McCain. I reach eight disconnected numbers, 12 wrong numbers (including three fax machines) and 12 unanswered lines. I get a busy signal just three times. I leave 35 messages and reach one line that will not accept incoming calls and can only be used for outgoing calls. I speak with just 26 people. Fifteen of them hang up on me within the first 30 seconds and six others last a little longer but still beg off before I can finish my spiel.Editors! You need to commission pieces from Angela Valdez. Remember when she exposed the seedy underbelly of GOP fratsex? MEGAN: Poor thing! Phone banking sucks, that was my first legitimate job (for the American Cancer Society and $4.25 an hour) when I was 14. Soul-killing. It could be how I ended up a lobbyist, really. But this Republican walked door-to-door for Obama and liked it, which is even more heartening.
I've learned that this election is about the heart of America. It's about the young people who are losing hope and the old people who have been forgotten. It's about those who have worked all their lives and never fully realized the promise of America, but see that promise for their grandchildren in Barack Obama. The poor see a chance, when they often have few. I saw hope in the eyes and faces in those doorways. My wife and I went out last weekend to knock on more doors. But this time, not because it was her idea. I don't know what it's going to do for the Obama campaign, but it's doing a lot for me.SPENCER: That shit is CORNY. Starting tomorrow, the heart of America will be officially located at the Junction of Flatbush & Nostrand Avenues. MEGAN: Aw, corny or not, it's sort of sweet. It's also reason number whatever: the sheer number of rats jumping off the