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  •  My brain hurts. (1+ / 0-)
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    Maybe Mr. Obama is living proof of the political maxim that they don't care what you know unless they know that you care. But the idea that he is aloof and so inspires aloofness may be too pat. No one was colder than FDR, deep down. But he loved the game and did a wonderful daily impersonation of jut-jawed joy. And people loved him.
    She's trotting out the "Obama is dumb" card. Obama made mincemeat of Romney in the debates, because he had facts at his disposal, and when Romney had to go off script, he was lost. Obama could anticipate what Romney was likely to say, Romney couldn't anticipate Obama, because Romney was stuck in a bubble. To prepare for a debate, you need to be able to think like the opponent. But when you've driven out everyone who can think like the opponent, you're lost in the bubble.

    The stuff about FDR only pretending to care looks questionable.

    The secret of Mr. Obama is that he isn't really very good at politics, and he isn't good at politics because he doesn't really get people.
    That made my head explode. Obama is a master of politics, and gets people extremely well.
    The other day a Republican political veteran forwarded me a hiring notice from the Obama 2012 campaign. It read like politics as done by Martians. The "Analytics Department" is looking for "predictive Modeling/Data Mining" specialists to join the campaign's "multi-disciplinary team of statisticians," which will use "predictive modeling" to anticipate the behavior of the electorate. "We will analyze millions of interactions a day, learning from terabytes of historical data, running thousands of experiments, to inform campaign strategy and critical decisions."

    This wasn't the passionate, take-no-prisoners Clinton War Room of '92, it was high-tech and bloodless. Is that what politics is now? Or does the Obama re-election effort reflect the candidate and his flaws?

    This is dumb. Part of political campaigns is examining data. It really always has been, it is just that the technological methods have changed. We shouldn't expect the number crunching to be filled with passion, not if you want to get accurate information. The number crunching doesn't sum up the Obama campaign. It is just a hiring notice for number crunchers, an looks like a hiring notice for number crunchers.

    She can talk about Obama's "flaws" all she wants, but Obama ran a nearly flawless campaign. And yes, the Clinton campaign used number crunchers in 1992.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:08:45 PM PST

    •  Silly Democrats. Why don't they just examine (0+ / 0-)

      the entrails of an owl, like any reasonable person.

      /snark

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:47:26 AM PST

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