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    elwior, greenbird, The Nose, live1, GOPGO2H3LL

    *That said there's still something to be said for a step or 2 toward a 50-state strategy.*

    And the plowing for the future.

    You don't reap what you don't sow, unless you are a Republican (who steals).

    "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

    by glorificus on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 04:48:10 PM PDT

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    •  The 50 state strategy (0+ / 0-)

      should be a meta strategy to convince the average American that the GOP hates them.


      by GOPGO2H3LL on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:40:37 AM PDT

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    •  A true 50-state strategy takes time (0+ / 0-)

      I love a 50-state strategy, too. And in 2010 we may have paid a high price for dismantling that effort, when we needed a stronger defense in the House and Senate races.

      But during the years, that Howard Dean ran the Democratic National Committee, 2005-2008, and pursued his 50-state strategy, it was a multi-year strategy.

      The 50 state parties were funded to employ an experienced professional fund-raiser and to hire a professional public relations/pressie with contacts in the media. Most state parties hired organizers who worked for years, a few counties at a time, cultivating contacts, encouraging activists, training volunteers, making lists, analyzing voting data, etc. Some parties had candidate-training programs for state-level races from the lege on up. And more.

      This election, OFA has had its paid organizers active for almost a year in selected states. It is too late to pull them out of states like Minnesota and throw them into North Dakota or Missouri, when they may be needed now in Wisconsin.

      Sorry. There is no quick, short-cut, TV-ad carpet-bombing way to build a field organization that can make a difference from the ground up the way Team Obama can do it.

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