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  •  Makes me wonder, how crazy will crazy get? (10+ / 0-)

    But eyes on the ball, folks: Next year first.

    •  Bingo. Crazy Works Real Well For Them in Midterms (4+ / 0-)
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      Railfan, ColoTim, hnichols, Creosote

      They have plenty of time to stage a sobering-up beginning Jan 2015.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 11:47:12 AM PDT

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      •  We should target ads at our own base: (6+ / 0-)

        Run specific montages of all the batshit crazy directed at women, at President Obama for being black, at Hispanics, etc. and target your audiences like the Obama campaigns of 2008 and '12.

        And then the tag, something along the lines of: "It won't end until we do something about it. Raise your voice. Vote Democratic in 2014."

        •  There's got to be some nervous GOP voters (4+ / 0-)
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          I think that we reach out to our base, but we also go to flippable GOP districts and say to voters, "You may like your guy, but he enables the nut-breads.  Vote Democratic for a real change in DC."

          My sense is that there's a GOP fringe that isn't tribal about it, and isn't down with this.  Certainly, opinion polling indicates that a lot of Republican voters are not on board with the whole shutdown business.

          So while GOP pols compete on who gets thrown off Crazy Train, we can safely get their voters off the train.

          Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

          by mbayrob on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 01:13:52 PM PDT

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          •  Maybe, but I think Kos has it right re: turnout (3+ / 0-)
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            His Wednesday diary about Democrats getting their own voters to turn out in non-presidential election years is spot-on and my comment is aimed at accomplishing this.

            If we can overcome this hurdle, we won't need Republican voters. We should still appeal to their sense of patriotism -- in the sense of putting country ahead of party/ideology -- but not rely on having to get them.

            •  Depends on the district (1+ / 0-)
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              Railfan

              Certainly, getting your people out is the first priority to winning a race.

              Sometimes, that's enough.  In some districts, the base isn't large enough to reliably win, especially on a congressional only year.

              In districts where the base is too small, the gold standard are reliable voters who can be persuaded.  I suspect that there are a fair number of districts where we could convince some reliable GOP moderate voters that the best way to fix the GOP would be a spell in opposition. I'm not sure how best to sell this -- it's an empirical question, and somebody needs to get into the heads of these voters to know what message would sell them.

              The nice thing about modern field campaigns is that you don't need to use the same messaging with all the people in the district;  you can pick and choose, if you know who the voters are.  But there are definitely districts that we are unlikely to win unless we can persuade some portion of the usual GOP vote.  Given the clusterfuck in progress, 2014 may well be one of those years.

              Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

              by mbayrob on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 02:59:04 PM PDT

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