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Friday, January 16, 2004


Update from the Storm Center

posted by annatopia at Friday, January 16, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
What can I say? Today was... cripes, I don't even have an appropriate adjective. So I'm just going to blab on and hopefully this will make some sort of sense.
First off, I'm sitting here in the "blogging center" at Storm Center HQ in Des Moines. We're right next door to the main office and volunteers are still working as this late hour. We've got people calling, canvassing, and training volunteers in anticipation of a very large caucus turnout.
Heath and I finally hooked up at dinner, and I'll post a picture of us later on. You'll have to forgive my lack of pictures at the moment. My laptop is at the hotel, and I'll upload them later.
Just to let you know, the weather here stinks today. That works in our favor somewhat, but it wasn't easy to keep our papers and flyers dry as we made the rounds. But everyone's spirits are so high and the feedback we are getting on the ground has been extremely positive. My block-walking partner Dee and I got some great responses when we canvassed around northwest Des Moines today. Many people weren't home (let's face it; we were canvassing on Friday afternoon), but the ones who were home were all very receptive and many of them committed to caucus for Dean. That's one thing I really want to stress here: the Iowans are very receptive to our message and our organisation. I think we are going to have an incredible and perhaps record turnout for the caucuses, and I really think we are going to suprise everyone and win. Remember, we were never supposed to win Iowa. Just the fact that we are in this position is a testament to the dedication of the Dean grassroots.
Speaking of the grassroots, I've already met people from all over America who are here to volunteer for Dean. I've met volunteers from DC (they're so happy about their primary victory the other day), Minnesota, Oregon, California and Oklahoma, and the folks from Tokyo for Dean are here (they have the coolest shirts with a little samurai on them). The big blogger's breakfast is tomorrow morning, and attendance is going to be through the room. Many media outlets are covering the event, including NPR (so make sure to tune in to All Things Considered tomorrow night). Oh, and speaking of media, the Texas Rangers made the news tonight. The canvassing team I was a part of went out to eat tonight and the media was out in full force. I glommed on to one of the cameramen and I guess he pointed the news anchor towards us, because the next thing you know she was pinning a mic on me and interviewing me for the news. I hope I did well (and if any of you Iowans are reading this, tune into channel 8 tonight).
So that's been the day in a nutshell. Sorry for the random, wandering post, but that's the best I can give you after that long bus ride, no shower, and no sleep. *smile* When I get back to the hotel, I'll post some more pictures, so stay tuned and we'll check in again tomorrow.

PS. Oh one more thing! Check out the gallery from today, including this awesome picture of the Texas Rangers. This is only about 3/4 of us FYI, and I'm not in it (waa!) so don't bother looking for me.

cross-posted at annatopia


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