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  •  Your message needs work... (5+ / 0-)
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    "Impeachment" has very little resonance with the low interest voters you're trying to scare.  I'm not even sure it's considered realistic by political activists.  And even if you were correct, the Republicans won't be getting the 67 votes they need for conviction.

    Ditto voter suppression.  If you don't vote regularly, the notion that someone wants to keep you from voting isn't going to have much influence.

    Finally, women's rights.  That is important, but I don't know if the voters you're trying to reach think its important ENOUGH.  This is still an economically-driven electorate.  Jobs, minimum wage and a positive defense of the economic benefits of ACA would be far more constructive in my opinion.

    •  the threat of possible impeachment (0+ / 0-)

      by an all-Republican Congress seems like it could motivate a lot of President Obama's supporters who may think there's no need for them to vote this November. We need to reach folks who were motivated enough to get out and vote for President Obama, but who might not this year. It seems like the real potential threat of impeachment by an all-Republican Congress could help to do that.

      Some voter suppression efforts in 2012 actually seemed to backfire on Republicans, causing many people to get out and vote. People may not always want to get out and vote, but they most definitely want the right to make that decision themselves. Especially minority groups. It seems to me that highlighting efforts by Republicans to take voting rights away would be a good motivator.

      And women are one of the Democratic Party's most important voting blocks because the gender gap often determines whether Democrats will win elections or not.

      That's the rationale for those messages. Am not married to those. To your point, if there are key messages we can use to scare the crap out of our key constituent groups this November, we should use those.  Any suggestions?

      •  I think you are overestimating Obama's (3+ / 0-)
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        2008 and 2012 supporters. The threat of impeachment doesn't strike a chord with me at least.
        I think we're going to get more mileage out of jobs and minimum wage, not only because those are strong issues for us, but also because we'll paint a positive, hopeful "Yes We Can" message in contrast to the Party of No. I think going for scare tactics may just tire people.

        "We need institutions and cultural norms that make us better than we tend to be. It seems to me that the greatest challenge we now face is to build them." -Sam Harris, neuroscientist

        by MarthaPeregrine on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 03:07:24 PM PDT

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        •  That said, a 10-city stategy (1+ / 0-)
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          seems like a good strategy to me. If ads were targeted and said, for example, what a minimum wage raise would mean specifically for Little Rock, for Anchorage, etc etc.

          "We need institutions and cultural norms that make us better than we tend to be. It seems to me that the greatest challenge we now face is to build them." -Sam Harris, neuroscientist

          by MarthaPeregrine on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 03:08:30 PM PDT

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    •  if you don't vote regularly (1+ / 0-)
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      and it's made clear to you that this vote really counts

      that may just make the difference

      in the first place, of course, i don't understand those that don't vote

      it's may be the very last thing we're still allowed to do that doesn't profit the 1%...

      •  That would be great except that this is the same (3+ / 0-)
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        message every single election. As such it's not very effective any more. Economic populism would be much more effective.

        I do think that the Ten City Strategy has potential for sure. focusing resources on those ten cities and working on GOTV through every means at the party's disposal seems like a good plan.

        I think that a few cities in Texas should be added, Houston and San Antonio at least.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 03:36:56 PM PDT

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