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Final Thoughts from Toledo


From my friend Matthew Underwood, a 23-year-old Harvard grad student who grew up in the Midwest:

Given the level of participation we saw all day long, we left Toledo absolutely giddy with optimism, figuring that with high turnout, we were all set. But our operating assumption was that the GOP could not possibly match our GOTV effort. We never questioned the assumption that there were more of us than there were of them, and that as long as our people got the polls and it was a straight-up numbers game, we would win handily. In retrospect, that’s just not true – there are more of them than there are of us. And that’s what’s disturbing. I grew up in this area, and all of a sudden I feel as if I just don’t know who these people are anymore, and possibly never did.

Then again, I look at the people I live amongst now [i.e. Eastern liberals], and I wonder what the hell we’ve been doing for four years … ok, I could keep going on this, but I think I need to try and think about something else …

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