The Campaign Spot

Field Offices Are Nice, But Volunteers Are Better

I asked some political junkies and campaign veterans what they thought of Obama having a massive advantage in terms of the number of field offices in key states, starting last month. The opinions ran the gamut, but most thought they’re at the very least nice to have, although I wonder if campaigns are wiser to open their field offices in September-October and spend the money they’re useing for two months’ rent somewhere else. On the other hand, the Obama campaign is awash in cash. If he falls short, it won’t be because he was underfunded.

As one put it, “it’s more about the number of volunteers at this stage of game, not the number of offices you have. Offices are only meeting places.”

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