Lancaster County campaign update:
I've been going door-to-door visiting many potential Republican voters in our township for the past week-plus (and intend to continue doing so until November 7th), and have been both disheartened and uplifted by what I've seen and heard.
I've probably visited close to a hundred homes so far, and am amazed (although I suppose I shouldn't be, since it was the same during the Toomey-Specter race back in 2004) at how uninformed these potential voters are about the major differences between the two candidates. One of countless examples: only two of the probably 150 people with whom I've spoken were aware that moveon.org has endorsed, and contributed to, the Casey campaign. Even worse: the huge majority of the people weren't even aware of what that subversive organization promotes, and a good many had never even heard of it.
Also, of all of the major accomplishments that Rick Santorum has achieved in his sixteen years in Washington, the ones that seem to impress most people are the handful of social-engineering, entitlement-related ones of which I disapprove (but if I need to disingenuously extol them for the next ten days in order to get these people to the polls, so be it. :)
I have been very uplifted, though, by the number of people who are now planning to vote (and vote right) who had been either on the fence or planning to stay home. I've probably spent at least half an hour sitting in dozens of livingrooms, answering intelligent questions from otherwise uninformed people. And, once they know the truth, they intend to take part in the election process.
I carry copies of 'The Greatest Test of This Generation', Santorum's speech at the National Press Club, with me and, when I reference that, a lot of people ask for a copy so that they can read it themselves (and hopefully distribute it to others). I believe that is our most powerful tool, with the war on Islamic fascism being so crucial, and Santorum’s description of what we must do to prevail being so brilliant and forthcoming (despite the fact that the mainstream media reacted to the speech with horror and disdain).
The RNC still appears to believe that this race is hopeless, but the latest polls show Santorum gaining slight ground on Casey (with a few showing him behind by single digits). My (and many others') efforts have been aimed at getting out the vote among registered republicans. So I know that the positive response I have been receiving here in rural Lancaster County may certainly not be indicative of what is going to occur elsewhere, primarily in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (where dead people, people who reside in vacant lots, and pet canaries, are prone to voting … and they do so more than once). But I sincerely believe that encouraging apathetic voters who have supported Santorum in the past can prove to be the key to victory.
Sincere thanks for the continued support of many out-of-staters. I believe that contributions from out-of-state are proving to be a vital part of the campaign. Many out-of-staters recognize that, if the democrats can succeed in deposing the third most powerful republican in the senate, they will consider it a coup of major proportions, and a mandate to return our republic to the socialist, weak-on-defense quagmire represented by their previous infamous forty-year reign.