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Here's an example:

"If you hate what republicans have done to governing, if you can't stand their views on women's issues, or the minimum wage, or immigration, or diversity, or the environment... if you think we need to repair our bridges and roads and schools, and hold corporations accountable, if you think government ought to serve the people rather than the rich and connected, then you need to think about voting. Seriously. Think about voting. It's the most important thing a citizen can do."

People could submit scripts and the Kos staff could choose one or two to promote creatively. An voice only ad could be placed in radio and similar audio contexts, and a video could be produced for tv, cable and web placement.

Have some fundraisers, submit some to friendly organizations to possibly partner with, and let's begin strategizing where to place the ads to maximize the get out the vote actions this fall.

The commitment and creativity among the Kos community runs deep and wide. Clearly, the issues mentioned in the above 30 second spot enjoy a strong consensus here.

A friendly ad contest with some well managed follow through could help stir voters off their couches and into the voting booths, even with the snark it would likely generate here...

We could have a collective brainstorm as to where to place the ad(s). Say maybe public radio or pandora or college radio station websites, etc. And timing - each state has it's own registration deadlines - in strategic districts and states, there might be a coordinated effort in the weeks just before the registration deadline, with a second effort just before election day.

It seems the emphasis ought to be simply and straightforwardly on voting itself, especially where demographics tell us that turnout is key.

If we could get some friendly fundraisers on board, this could be a truly national effort, hatched here in the community at Kos...

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I agree with the commenter below who said we need to target our constituencies, especially those most likely to vote for progressive candidates and causes. Trends are that progressive causes are in the ascendancy these days, and the more voice given them the better, through as many media outlets and organizations as possible. The rising tide lifts all boats metaphor is useful here, since issues like the next Supreme Court seat(s) and the minimum wage and voting rights are on the line. Clearly a progressive oriented congress is within reach if the democrats and their friends put their best messages and strategies into vigorous play.

If Daily Kos actively promoted (for instance) a YouTube contest (as suggested by another commenter below), with a YouTube channel managed by a Kos administrator, with some sort of prize for whichever video gets the most clicks by the end of the day on November 4, and some monthly recognition for jury favorites, and entry invited beyond Kos membership, even from ad agencies and professional artists, this could pick up some great momentum. (Remember the Black-Eyed Peas "Yes We Can" video back in 2008. Their video going viral juiced the race that year like no other video I can recall. While we might only dream of such artistry this time out, we won't find out if we don't try.)

With some fundraising and hiring an appropriate ad agency for primaries and the general, we could collectively make a considerable difference. If a few generous benefactors were to provide the prize money and administrative costs, this contest could be up and running within a month. The earlier the better.

I'm not personally a video guy, but would welcome the partnering to produce video to go with my suggested script as an example. Others might like to team up to create their own similar partnerships to advance the cause.

Creative activism is clearly one avenue to raise the bar on what's possible in this fall's pivotal turnout contest. Why not have some fun with it?

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

    by Beastly Fool on Thu May 01, 2014 at 06:03:14 AM PDT

  •  I'd be onboard (4+ / 0-)

    Just create a Youtube channel if nothing else and encourage people to submit their ads.

    Even if you don't get funding for any of them, they would easily circulate through social media sharing, which isn't a bad thing either.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Thu May 01, 2014 at 06:25:50 AM PDT

  •  Image: Paul Ryan astride Grandma on all fours (1+ / 0-)
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    Start with an image of Paul Ryan in a cowboy hat astride a grandmother on all fours. Ryan is getting a literal piggy-back ride with one hand in the air like he's riding a bull.

    Ryan:  Join me in riding with the 1% Privilege Posse towards top-tier tax savings!

    Announcer:  If Republicans pass their Ryan Budget, it will be at the expense of grandmas everywhere who see their healthcare safety net, Medicare, turned into a voucher program. And if the GOP succeeds in repealing Obamacare and its pre-existing conditions protections, Grandma, and her descendants, will be saddled with her staggering healthcare costs. And for what? So Ryan and fellow millionaires can keep destructively low tax rates, in essence Blue Blood Welfare, and corporations can continue to dodge paying hundreds of billions in US taxes  simply by having a post office box in the Cayman Islands.

    Granny:  It's time we connect the dots: the GOP is out for CEOs not Average Joes. Or Josephines like me. And with ALEC-driven voter photo ID laws, they don't even want me to vote. So listen to your grandmother. Get the Republican agenda off my back. Bring sanity back. Vote Democrat.

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    by ProgToddNorCal on Thu May 01, 2014 at 07:10:28 AM PDT

  •  I'm Not Entirely Sure Your Concept is the Best (1+ / 0-)
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    match to motivate the type of people who'd most help us this fall.

    It's a great idea for what it is, and I'm sure it will move many voters if it's well executed so by all means, full speed ahead.

    The question of who to target, and how to deliver them, is one the Democrats are historically terrible at. Liberals and progressives can't be much better than Democrats as a whole or we'd be a larger fraction of the party.

    It's not even as simple as measuring whose participation drops off for midterms: we know for example that youth turnout drops dramatically, but does that necessarily mean that reaching out to youth will give us the biggest voter increase for our time and energy?

    Partly the answer depends on what we can offer them, partly it depends on what we can anger or frighten them about the Republicans, partly it depends on factors intrinsic to them such as life commitments and political enthusiasm.

    There is a great deal of well funded thinktank and research activity on behalf of the nobility to maximize rightwing turnout. We have to do most of this by the seat of our pants, so we have to encourage as many different kinds of ideas as possible in hopes of arriving at a successful motivation campaign the old fashioned way -- among people.

    Thanks for putting out this idea and I hope it produces some great ads.

    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 Thu May 01, 2014 at 07:14:53 AM PDT

    •  It's all in the execution... (0+ / 0-)

      "The question of who to target, and how to deliver them, is one the Democrats are historically terrible at. Liberals and progressives can't be much better than Democrats as a whole or we'd be a larger fraction of the party."

      the above assertion needs to be challenged directly if it is to be changed, and motivating voters among key demographics is absolutely necessary.

      The execution of this kind of idea could be botched with amateurish administration, and that's why it would be useful to get some generous funding at the beginning so Kos doesn't have to be saddled with extra work because of such a contest. If Kos could hire an administrator from the beginning - a professional of some kind - it would go a long way toward solving this.

      Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

      by Beastly Fool on Thu May 01, 2014 at 10:52:27 AM PDT

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