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  •  Romney was Banking on Voter Suppression (3+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, Ckntfld, Creosote

    When the Romney people drew up there General Election campaign probably more than a year before the General Election it is highly likely that the campaign was informed by Repulsive, er, make that Republican governors and leaders in states such as, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Wisconsin of their plans to enact legislation disenfranchising as many as 10 - 15 million American citizens in key battleground states.   Hence, the campaign would fought on rural and suburban American, traditionally Republican turf.  

    If I were a strategist advising the Romney campaign I would tell them to have field offices in suburban counties surrounding major cities in battleground states merely for the press to visit.  

    Forget the national media, for Romney the real value of these field offices is local press outreach and press availability.  Many had a staff member or two who had previously been spokespersons for winning Republican candidates in the state or local elected officials.  This tactic meshed with their decision to only grant interviews to local media many of whom knew the former spokespeople in the local field office.  

    The more I think about it I believe the Romney campaign was informed of the voter suppression tactic during the Koch brothers meeting held near Vail, CO in late June of 2011.  

    The people who attend Koch brothers fundraisers make extensive use of public relations professionals, advertising agencies, etc. in their businesses so naturally they would think PR and advertising would give the best ROI (return on investment) not a bunch of young kids, older retired Americans, soccer moms and little league dads “playing volunteer” making phone calls and going door-to-door.  

    Asking volunteers is for losers, winners hire professionals.

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