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  •  The sequence is: (0+ / 0-)

    1) Follow the plan as mapped
    2) Spread the word about how liberalism is the answer in TX
    3) Follow the plan as mapped do more media events from the campaign trail.
    4) Spread the word about how liberalism is the answer in TX and the US
    5) Follow the plan as mapped do more media events from the campaign trail.
    6) Raise $ 25 million plus
    7) John Cornyn goes off into the sunset. And as many as 7 House seatc change from Red to Blue.

    •  If you are not on drugs (0+ / 0-)

      you should be.

      •  Hey Doc, have you ever: (0+ / 0-)

        Been responsible for GOTV in a city of 500,000 people for the General Election for the Democratic candidate?

        Called a woman at 7:00 AM to raise money? And have her recognize your voice and she immediately says, "I write a check for $500 right now if you promise to stop making phone calls because you sound so tired, I don't think you can raise any money."  Five minutes later my phone rang , the check  had been delivered by the woman's chauffeur with instructions that if made made any phone fundraising calls before noon the check would be voided.  The maximum donation was $ 1,000.00.

        Run statewide phone primary GOTV in a very large industrial state for a Democratic candidate?

        Doc, I'd be interested in your political resume.  Those are just a few.

    •  Ah! I think I understand. (0+ / 0-)

      A blue tidal wave will hit Texas if we spread the word about how liberalism is the answer in TX.  
      If liberalism is the answer, what, exactly, is the question?
      I'm not trying to be snarky, but depending on the unnamed candidate, the questions will be different.  And the answers will be different variations of liberalism.  So what it comes down to is this.  We need to be able to define what issues would motivate Texans to the poll to elect our candidate, and find a candidate that will fight for the issues that motivated our voters to the polls.  
      Elizabeth Warren was able to win because she had a clear understanding of what she wanted to accomplish (banking and financial reform) in the Senate, was able to articulate that vision, excite people into sending in money, spread the word, and get out to the polls to support her.  
      What would be our issue?  What are we fighting for, other than turning Texas blue?  Fair pay and fair contracting?  The environment?  Health insurance for education funding?  Which would be the flagship of the campaign?  And who has the track record that could segue way into the Senate?  

      Culbert Olson is my hero!

      by chemborg on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 09:39:17 AM PST

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      •  Chemborg, it's politics. (0+ / 0-)

        You live in Texas, my question is not about issues but people. Who can best represent progressive or liberal points of view in Texas in '14.   All of those issues you mentioned and many more are relevant.  

        I make vague references to a vague strategy and…

        What amazes me is no commenter has asked what is the strategy?  How are you going to supplement the strategy with "21st Century" technology?  What is required to implement the plan and the supporting technology?  What makes you think this strategy will work in Texas?  Will it work in other states? My state?  

        What I'm trying to do obtain some feedback from Texans  about some possible candidates? And I'm asking Texans to suggest other candidates.  

        We need to elect people from a wider variety of backgrounds, seek leaders outside politics to run for office.  

        We are walking through a forest looking at different species of tree, searching the best species to plant to meet our needs.  Will a shade tree, an evergreen, a flowering tree,  etc. make the statement we want to make.  

        OK. I was reared in the Northeast in an area where decisions about the type and locations of the trees that were planted make a visual statement.

        We not deciding which branches need trimming for the health of the forest.

        •  So what you're saying is that... (0+ / 0-)

          your diary title and content was a hook to get people to read, ask about your "vague strategy" and give you feedback on different potential candidates.
          Of course it's politics.  And we could try to get somebody, mold them into what we think that we can sell, try and sell them, and then wonder what went wrong.  Yet again.  
          Or we could have an idea, going in, what would drive our voters to the poll, pick somebody that is fluent in those issues, and maybe win this time.
          So instead of focusing on the "who" could win, we might be better served by focusing on "why" they should win.
          You might be right about the forest thing, except down here we don't have the luxury of planting trees to make a "visual statement."  We don't have that many trees, whether your analogy has the trees being people or issues on which we can win.
           

          Culbert Olson is my hero!

          by chemborg on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 10:41:21 AM PST

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        •  Everyone is asking you what's the strategy. (0+ / 0-)

          Instead of answering, you're describing your resume.

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