As any veteran political operative will tell you, GOTV (Get Out The Vote) operations ultimately matter far more than the polls, ads and speeches pundits and others analyze to death. The folks at FiveThirtyEight.com have been all over this great land of ours during the "Road to the White House 2008" and Sean Quinn thinks the ground game between Barack Obama and John McCain is no contest:
These ground campaigns do not bear any relationship to one another. One side has something in the neighborhood of five million volunteers all assigned to very clear and specific pieces of the operation, and the other seems to have something like a thousand volunteers scattered throughout the country. Jon Tester's 2006 Senate race in Montana had more volunteers -- by a mile -- than John McCain's 2006 presidential campaign.