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    ... she won't make the mistake of blowing off the caucus states this time. That was the fatal flaw of her 2008 run. Had she engaged in the caucuses, she might we have won the nomination then.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 08:29:52 PM PDT

    •  This one sort of reminds me of the caution (1+ / 0-)
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      against always fighting the last war.  Speaking purely tactically, it's not enough to simply correct one's errors - every possible political operative out there shopping his or business card who has two brain cells together will be called to the carpet to ensure that every contest is being contested.  But what's next?  I mean I can pontificate about social media but that's also fighting the last war.  Dean made huge waves using Meetup - now, it's "Meetup wha?"  Facebook and Google are the first companies that seem to show real lasting power in social media and search, but even then, look at Yahoo and Myspace - the mighty do regularly fall (Yahoo will stick around a bit longer as it's loved in Asia, but Myspace, last I checked, still hadn't found the bottom of its free fall).

      Didn't McCain do something ridiculous on Friendster or some other washed-up social network?  I can't recall.

      Anyhow, I think the real lesson to take away from the Obama "system" is small dollar donations.  In an era when so much money is required to run a campaign, it seemed like Obama having a fairly steady drumbeat of money from small dollar donors who could be asked over and over again helped enormously.

      Small-dollar money was not necessarily tied to traditional means of corporate or stakeholder (Union/interest group) fundraising and came in as a steady stream rather than 2-3 airdrops of large dollars.  It really gave him a lot of flexibility to take some risks and test the waters with states or constituencies where a traditionally-funded candidate would be scared to waste money.  Obama even did a head-fake for Arizona, iirc, and kind of caused Grandpa McCain's camp some heartburn with that one (Obama had good pollsters - he had to know that he had no real chance here, but McCain's outsized response was a huge sign of weakness).  The GOP system works different than ours - they'll never switch to small-dollar donations.  But I'd love to see all of our general election candidates focus on that from now on.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:05:50 PM PDT

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      •  Hillary Clinton running is in itself (1+ / 0-)
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        "fighting the last war".

        A full generation of Americans will have been born and and older generation died since Bill Clinton was in the White House. If that ain't nostalgia for "fighting the last war" I don't know what is.

        Hilllary Maginot, anyone?

        •  Yeah, I don't want to go full primary wars but (1+ / 0-)
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          I sure feel that way too.  Maybe in 2008 there was a lot of Clinton nostalgia, but not in 2016.  Too much distance.  I also don't really care for political dynasties - how can we expect to develop talent if it's going to be 30 years of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Clinton?

          Anyhow, I think all of this speculation may miss the point - I have yet to be convinced that she wants to run.

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 01:45:46 AM PDT

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