So I did my first full-fledged campaigning for Obama today, first going to see the Senator speak for a few minutes at a ski lodge near Manchester (I got this close to shaking his hand, which I’m sure is what every other person there is claiming) and then going door-to-door collecting signatures for a petition calling on NH’s Republican Senators, Judd Gregg and John Sununu, to vote to override the veto on the funding bill with a timetable. Obama is very big on getting a supermajority in favor of withdrawal, and “just sixteen more votes” appeared numerous times in the campaign literature (along with, of course, “I opposed this war from the start”). Anyway, I quickly discovered that very few of the good people of Manchester, NH answer their doors at 10 AM on a Saturday, that those that do are more likely to politely decline to talk to me and/or call me a “defeatocrat” than actually sign the petition, and that petition papers and voter rolls can get very, very wet and hard to deal with when it’s raining even moderately hard. But I did get a couple signatures, and it’s good for the Obama campaign to know what houses include people who use words like “defeatocrat” and are thus very unlikely to support him. The whole event was topped off by a barbecue at Obama’s New Hampshire headquarters. Overall, a quite successful campaign event.