Last Monday, Toddy Puller and I were invited to a Mount Vernon Women for Obama meeting. We went, figuring we might meet a few new people.
Boy, were we wrong.
There were more than 100 women at the meeting, and I’d guess that 90 percent of them had never been involved in politics. They’d run PTAs, volunteered in classrooms, organized swim teams, and worked on a host of other community activities. But for many, this was their first foray into politics.
And they are just amazing. They’ve made thousands of phone calls. Written zillions of post cards. Knocked on door after door after door.
This week, they’re ramping up. To increase their volunteer hours, they’ve also created a huge support operation. Middle-school-aged kids are babysitting for younger kids. Moms are trading car pool shifts so other moms can hit the doors.
I have never seen anything like it.
Now, this election is far from over. I have been on the receiving end of the Virginia GOP Get Out the Vote operation, and I hold it in the highest regard. As the Sundance Kid said to Butch Cassidy, “They’re very good.”
But the energy I saw in that room last week is the reason I believe we can win in Virginia. Eight years ago, it was Soccer Moms who delivered the election. This year? It might just be the Obama Mamas.