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The Democratic Party machine is very, very good at what they call the "knock and drag." This is where, leading up to Election Day, party faithful in every little district (at least in urban areas) make sure that every registered Democrat has been contacted several times and urged to go vote. And on Election Day itself, that's what they do, knock on the door of every Democrat and do whatever it takes to get that person to go to the polls. They will gladly set up free rides to the polls, help for the elderly with voting, etc.
Black organizations, such as the NAACP, are especially good at this. And the NAACP, of course, wants you to vote a straight Democratic party line. The cajoling works very well, getting huge numbers of people to the polls that otherwise wouldn't bother.
However, in this wacked-out election, this tactic has ended up working against them. The "knock and drag" is precisely why Gore's poll numbers have collapsed: All those knocked-and-dragged voters, who were only lukewarm in their support for Gore in the first place, have been steadily switching allegiances as Gore's legal maneuvers get more and more desperate. Bush now pretty much has as much of a mandate to be President as he would have had if he'd won 60-40 in the first place. (Yeah, there will always be a hardcore of liberals who will call him "illegitimate" throughout his entire term. But there's been a hardcore of conservatives that's thought the same of Clinton for the last eight years, and it never stopped him.)posted by aaron at 10:07 PM on December 5, 2000
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