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  •  Good contribution to an important--no, essential-- (9+ / 0-)

    topic. Thanks.
    I participated extensively in the 2008 GOTV effort, both phonebanking & canvassing, and I've been active in this campaign cycle as well, though to a lesser degree. This year I've been pleased & relieved to see better integration between the presidential campaign and the state races (at least for my state). It's crucial that we continue to improve on this aspect in 2016. But it's also important that the state Dem parties have a chance to build on this GOTV operation--a 21st century machine, perhaps?--to protect our presidential election year gains. Those strategy discussions need to start asap.

    When we GOTV, then Dems win! "If we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now." ~Rev. William Barber

    by peregrine kate on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:40:10 AM PST

    •  Presumably now that OFA (8+ / 0-)

      has fulfilled its primary purpose, the infrastructure it has created will be folded into a broader DFA Democratic Party machine available to all Democratic national and local candidates.  

      One of the things that frustrate me (as a European more used to European party politics with greater party discipline) is the ease with which a few Dem congress critters can be bought off and made to vote against Democratic party policy - something which rarely happens on the GOP side any more..  Thus Obama had difficulty getting his platform through congress even when he had majorities in both houses.

      However if Dem congress-critters were to lose access to the DFA infrastructure if they vote against party policy, the odd inducement from lobbyists may not look quite so attractive...

      •  I don't think it has to be punitive. (2+ / 0-)
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        Frank Schnittger, Neon Mama

        If we work to get money out of politics, the incentive to do good work will be the reward of that good work. Congress is paid well and receives generous benefits. That should be sufficient. The biggest problem we have presently is that so many people run for office to get rich. That needs to change.

        It's interesting that you wrote this diary today. I was active with OFA four years ago, and it was impressive then. Having heard that it was far better this year, I was curious what they were doing differently. The concept of reaching out to SUN voters IS phenomenal. Thank you for describing it.

        •  You can get money out of campaigns (3+ / 0-)

          but how the hell do you get money out of the post-political careers?  The cushy six-figure directorships, etc?  Can't be done.  The role of money in politics needs to simply be accepted, understood, and political blocs and strategies formed on the basis of who will never be even offered the money.  Right now those are the candidates deemed "unelectable", the secret of tossing the money-changers out of the temple is to make the unbuyable pols the MOST "electable" ones.

          Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

          by ActivistGuy on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 03:47:13 PM PST

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