Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Murphy’s Law Applied to Campaigning

I am still sorting through the results from our election yesterday in Virginia.  We did move the ball further down the field.  The people of Virginia will be freer and wealthier for the success that we enjoyed.  I thought you might enjoy the reflections of a campaigner below.   

Walking neighborhoods for candidates in our recent election gave me time to think about how Murphy’s Law applies to such activity.  You know Murphy, he said “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”  Having that in the back of my head gave rise to these Murphyisms applied to door knocking:

1.  If you only have to visit one house on a cul-de-sac, it will be the one farthest from the entrance to that street. 

2.  The hotter the day, the longer the driveways and longer the distances between houses.

3.  If you turn onto a street and one house has an entrance at ground level and the other has fifteen stairs to the front door, you’re gonna climb stairs.

4.  A dog that is tethered in the yard has enough slack to get to where you have to go. 

5.  Even if that dog looks old, he’s still faster than you. 

6.  That stuff about dogs that wag their tails being friendly is BS, he will bite you. 

7.  Having six cars in the driveway doesn’t guarantee that anyone is home. 

8.  If they are flying the American Flag, they might not be delighted to see you, but they won’t be rude. 

9.  If two guys are sitting in the driveway drinking beer, they’ll vote for our Republican. 

10.  If there is a bunch of squirrely crap on the door, you’re going to find out why when the door opens. 

11.  When my wife knocks on the door and I stand back with the clipboard, more doors are opened. 

12.  Don’t underestimate the ability of the guy at headquarters to give you a bogus list.  

13.  If you are carrying campaign flyers you will be exactly three pieces short or you’ll have at least 57 pieces left over. 

If none of that means anything to you, call up your local Republican and give walking your neighborhood a try – we have an election to win.  


  1. Amigo,
    Thank you for your efforts. Even though it would have been preferable to have retired a few more on the left, a win is still a win.

    Last night I knew that we kicked some ass in a big way when I could not find any knews on VA's election results. Ditto for early this AM. The Left just did not want this out.

    Finally, I went to the Washington Times and got the news that I already knew in my gut.

    Libs are funny creatures.

  2. Tenth,

    You are right - and of course I am a Grunt - maybe that's why I like walking better than phoning.

  3. Hardnox,

    That's what Next Gingrich was getting at when he destroyed that Liberal Tool Maria Bartiromo during the debate last night. The media is a double whammy - not only are they misrepresenting the truth most of the time - but they are leaving out things that are important for us all to know.