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  •  OK, then, if TV ads don't work, what does? (7+ / 0-)
    So keep all of that in mind the next time you read news coverage of how important campaign ads are — or the next time you consider donating to a campaign.
    I HATE canvassing--tried it for Obama '08 and it was such an unpleasant experience I never want to do it again.  Hate telephone calls so much I had my landline taken out and now give my mobile number only to friends and family. Anyone else who wants to know my phone number gets the one that's now disconnected.

    There's a local candidate I want to see elected to the state legislature.  I work at her HQ once a week and donate money.

    Our whole political process stinks.  Why can't we limit campaigns to one month before the actual election?

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:56:55 AM PDT

    •  the problem is (7+ / 0-)

      there is no analysis on "what if one side uses t.v. ads and the other doesn't."  

      Assuming it doesn't work doesn't really address the possibility that the ads shore up the base and stop any loss.  But as for what works, in all honesty, a clear difference between the parties in policy and the sense that there is truly a choice that will matter in your life would work - and little else at this point.  That is what I hear complained about more than anything else.  

      I was a delegate for John Kerry.  The campaign asked me to go to the North American Muslim conference and talk about things, including Kerry's Israeli/Palestinian policy.  I got eaten alive.  Not because I am Jewish or a dual citizen, but because the participants didn't believe there WAS much of a difference between Kerry's policy and Bush's.

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      by KibbutzAmiad on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:08:43 AM PDT

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    •  It's okay that you hate canvassing (5+ / 0-)

      Really, it is. Everyone can't do it. Some people should never do it.

      I don't mind doing a reasonably organized canvass, but I don't fit the profile of "ideal" canvasser" in most circumstances. We have plenty of people who like canvassing to do the job, but in my experience the pre-planning and faulty objectives in some canvass operations can doom the day's (or several days) effort.

      Logistics is often a sticking point. I have been on canvasses that had me assigned to walk an apartment complex which had "secured entries". I've been on another which "mis-IDed" a population (few things are more demoralizing than walking a "Heavy R" territory when you were told it was and had materials and a script for "Heavy Persuadable"). Thankfully both of those episodes were years ago. Regrettably, things like that still happen even with all the technology at our disposal.

      Canvassing and other direct voter contact work for us, and demographically they will work for us for at least the next couple of decades. But it isn't for everyone, despite what the cheerful campaign volunteer coordinator might enthusiastically insist. Try what I do these days: insert yourself in the pre-planning, make sure that those GMU, NOVA CoCo and other students who will be a very large number of your canvass "army" are going to meet executable objectives.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:01:49 AM PDT

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