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Tue Apr 21, 2015, 09:01 AM

If the Democratic Party Wanted to be Smart in 2016

They would pour millions and millions into getting the vote out efforts in a huge daily advertising campaign from tomorrow through Election Day. Make voting seem like a party. Make voting the thing to do. Promote the idea of voting as if it were the equivalent of political Mardi Gras, the fourth of July, and spring break combined. Forget fighting the GOP's messaging battle, just emphasize voting, voting, voting. We have the numbers but lack the rank and file commitment. Play it smart for once DNC. Forget thinking people are bright enough to go out and vote on their own because it is in their best interests. That strategy has failed too many times.

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Reply If the Democratic Party Wanted to be Smart in 2016 (Original post)
Joe Nation Apr 2015 OP
Corey_Baker08 Apr 2015 #1
DamnYankeeInHouston Apr 2015 #2
CTyankee Apr 2015 #3
bigwillq Apr 2015 #7
davidpdx Apr 2015 #9
Corey_Baker08 May 2015 #10
blkmusclmachine Apr 2015 #4
Joe Nation Apr 2015 #5
Ms. Yertle Apr 2015 #6
Joe Nation Apr 2015 #8

Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:55 PM

1. I Support The 50 State Strategy Masterminded By Chairman Dean...

I mean Obama won Indiana in 2008 using the 50 state strategy! I believe Hillary can do the same & even pick up some southern states where the consensus in the south was 'I can't vote for a black President', this won't be an issue with Hillary and she is a native southerner....

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Response to Corey_Baker08 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 01:31 PM

2. I agree. He was a damn good leader with a clear strategy. He took us in the right direction.

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Response to Corey_Baker08 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 02:50 PM

3. I think HIllary is from the Midwest...but she did live in Arkansas when Bill was

governor there.

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Response to Corey_Baker08 (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 10:49 AM

7. Hillary was born and raised in Illinois (nt)

 

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Response to Corey_Baker08 (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 07:45 AM

9. Oh christ

Here we go again with the Hillary Clinton is going to win red states. Yes, she lived in Arkansas from 1974-1993 and was the first lady there. That doesn't mean she'll win the state. She's NOT a native southerner, she's from Illinois.

Beyond the "blue wall" of about 247 EV's, she'll have to fight in the other 8 states for the 100 EV's that are toss ups. Granted if she does well in the blue wall states she'll only need a few of the toss ups to win, but the chances of her winning Arkansas are extremely low.

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #9)

Sat May 9, 2015, 12:23 PM

10. Nobody Thought Obama Would Win Indiana, Yet He Did!

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 09:13 PM

4. If the Democratic Party Wanted to be Smart

 

They wouldn't engage in their favorite pastime ... bi-partisanship/triangulation/GOP "ring kissing"

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 08:50 AM

5. Motivated

I think Democrats will be motivated in 2016 anyway but I also think that the voters would be hyper-motivated if the DNC poured on the get out the vote starting now. They don't even have to be partisan, just urge people to vote and see just how high the voter turnout can get. That's the beauty of this strategy, the Right can't come out and say, "Hey, you shouldn't vote", or they would sound like even bigger morons. It's so simple that there is just no defense against it. Democrats can rail against voter ID laws and all the other modern poll tax strategies of the Right once they have the public's attention. They could introduce bills on the state and federal level that make it easier for people to vote that will get voted down by the Right further painting the GOP as anti-democratic. I just don't see a downside to this strategy but maybe I am being too Pollyanna about it. Can you think of a downside?

It would be great is some Democratic PAC ran commercial after commercial just making the case for voting and watch the Right go nuts. Make the commercials look like public awareness ads. Keep the partisan stuff out until the very end and then point out all that the Right has done to thwart voting over the past year.

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 09:37 AM

6. . . . except for one thing:

voting ISN'T a party. There is nothing fuuuuuuuun about standing in line, filling out forms, etc. People do it because they know they should. Period.

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Response to Ms. Yertle (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 11:24 AM

8. Debbie Downer

Why isn't voting a party? Why shouldn't it be? People also don't do it in large numbers and they know that they should. My idea is to change attitudes like yours about the entire process. We win when large numbers of people vote. It just makes sense to promote the idea of voting.

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