BLUE ASH, Ohio - Tens of thousands of Republicans were jammed into a Friday night rally in the Cincinnati suburb of West Chester, and Ron Sokol leaned over the crowd-control barricade to talk about what he's witnessed during his door-to-door canvassing expeditions.
"Between now and 2008, I see a world of difference," Sokol said, explaining how much more enthusiasm there is for GOP nominee Mitt Romney -- and how much less for Barack Obama.
Sokol also mentioned that Republican get-out-the-vote operations here in Butler County have been bolstered by an influx of volunteers from around the country. "I see people from Tennessee, Texas, Indiana -- everywhere."
Eyewitness accounts like Sokol's are routinely dismissed by analysts as mere anecdotes and, even though it is proverbial that the plural of "anecdote" is data...