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There needs to be a better, more constructive metric by which to assess a given campaigns' prospects of success versus its opponent(s).   Each time I read about how a particular campaign is going in terms of who has raised how much money (frequently within these dKos diaries), my reaction generally falls somewhere between dismay and disgust.

Don't get me wrong, in the short term, if raising lots of bucks is what's required to win back the Congress in 2006, then by all means, let's raise as much as we can.  But in anticipation and preparation for such an outcome, shouldn't electoral reform, including campaign finance reform be more prominent in our platform narrative?

Buckley v. Valeo, if overturned, could be great first start. Public financing of campaigns, including equal allotments of national broadcast airtime seems like another good idea. In the meantime, we ought to be able to find better ways of characterizing a campaign's status.  Use of polling data is obviously one alternative metric, but there must be others.   If we really must keep score, wouldn't it be more elucidating to examine how the candidates stand with the voters rather than the corporations and special interest groups?

Originally posted to solitodd on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 04:23 PM PDT.

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  •  A Message not a Method (none)
    There's plenty of info out there that counts people, rather than dollars, leading up to an election: polling data. The power in your concept is not in its ability to handicap races, but as a political message to separate progressives and liberals from conservatives.

    The entire conservative economic and political platform -- shrinking government, privatization, ending business regulations of all kinds -- is all about how decisions will be made. They want to make decisions by counting dollars; whoever has the most wins.

    When you make decisions by counting votes, you empower people. Conservative say they empower by cutting taxes. But that's only enough pocket money to buy a few more meaningless trinkets at Wal-Mart; it doesn't return nearly enough capital to the pocket of the average citizen to make any real difference in the major decisions that affect their jobs, their health and their lives.

    That's a message we need to carry to the masses. The political choice is about how we will make decisions: By counting votes? Or counting dollars? That's it in a nutshell.  

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