Nathaniel Rich: “There are few acts more debasing than knocking on a stranger’s door and asking for his vote. Picture the scene: early afternoon, an empty residential street in Cleveland, Tampa, or, in my case this past week, Virginia Beach. The canvasser stands on the doorstep bedecked like a jester in colorful stickers. The stickers, which bear candidates’ names, are important; without them he might be confused for a bill collector or traveling salesman.”

Hunting for Swing Voters in Virginia Beach

Photo: Vice President Joe Biden campaigning in Virginia, 2012 (Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos)

Nathaniel Rich: “There are few acts more debasing than knocking on a stranger’s door and asking for his vote. Picture the scene: early afternoon, an empty residential street in Cleveland, Tampa, or, in my case this past week, Virginia Beach. The canvasser stands on the doorstep bedecked like a jester in colorful stickers. The stickers, which bear candidates’ names, are important; without them he might be confused for a bill collector or traveling salesman.”

Hunting for Swing Voters in Virginia Beach

Photo: Vice President Joe Biden campaigning in Virginia, 2012 (Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos)

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