Obama's GOTV and voter identification was about a whole lot more than hustle. It was about research, the scientific method, and scholarly expertise. You know, "pointy-headed intellectuals"? According to a Sasha Issenberg Slate article "A Vast Left-Wing Competency", Obama's team harnessed a whole lot of brain power like no campaign before, and it points to yet another long-term, demographic advantage for Democrats.
A big hat tip to Rabbett Run, where I first saw this. Daniel Pink explains the counterintuitive research that shows bonuses not only don't work, they cause people to do do worse (as if anyone watching Wall Street of late hadn't begun to figure that out already). And as a bonus, animation! Very neat video below the fold:
Top story in today's Tennessean covers the sloppy practices of our oh-so-special Tennessee Republicans:
WASHINGTON — The Tennessee Republican Party failed to report millions of dollars in campaign donations and spending in 2005 and 2006 and committed other violations of campaign finance laws, according to the Federal Election Commission.
The decision marks the third time in the past five years that the FEC has found violations in the financial management of the state party's federal election account.
Yep, it ain't the first time. And it's not just the party as a whole that has problems. Marsha Blackburn, everyone's favorite TN Congresswoman, made a few "errors" a while back.
Dina Temple-Raston, NPR's counterterrorism correspondent, and Steve Inskeep got their talking points down, stating that Janet Napolitano claimed "the system worked" because the attack failed and the bomb did not go off. That's just plain false. Transcripts follow:
The Bush Administration is hardly the first ally of Turkey that has chosen to publicly remain silent on the reality of the Armenian genocide. As the state secretary of the German Imperial Budget Committee stated while the horror was ongoing:
As much as we lament the lot of the Armenians from a purely human standpoint, we must think first of our sons and brothers who are having to shed their precious blood in the fiercest battles and who are partly dependent on the support of the Turks.
And here’s what Condaleeza Rice had to say:
This is not to ignore what was a really terrible situation, and we recognize the feelings of those who want to express their concern and their disdain for what happened many years ago. But the passage of this resolution at this time would indeed be very problematic for everything that we're trying to do in the Middle East, because we are very dependent on a good Turkish strategic ally to help with our efforts.
As if we didn't already know how they feel about poor people voting. More on the flip...
Let's parse this. Obviously, this was not a prepared comment, hence all the rapid back pedaling. But this off-the-cuff remark reveals what Hastert really thinks, his gut reaction. Notice the three cities he mentions as "stubborn": New Orleans, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. These cities share in common two things - they reliably vote Democratic, and they are icons of things Republicans dislike.
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