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November 05, 2006

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Mark

Just a heads up. Not all of these calls or any calls over the next couple of days may be from the Democrats. Multiple blogs reporting massive GOP robocalling disguised as calls from Democrats. NH, KS, NY, IL and CT for sure. Don't know yet about WI. See Dailykos, Talking Points Memo and Americablog for more information. An interesting twist in NH is that the GOP's actions may end up costing them millions in fines due to violating that state's Do Not Call list laws.

Rossi

I've worked on campaigns for decades. I've dropped lit, knocked on doors...and, yes, phoned to id voters and then to remind them to vote. And during this campaign, I, like you have gotten what appear to be a zillion calls-- id calls and, during the last few days, (GOTV )get-out-the-vote calls. Yes, they may be annoying. But consider: people don't like TV ads, they don't like getting political mail, they don't like people knocking on their doors asking them to support their candidate or to vote; they don't like phone calls. Well...just how do you expect a candidate to reach voters? The news does a dismal job: TV spending only a few minutes of each newcast reporting on candidates, newpapers paying attention to campaigns late in the game, and then reporting on the candidates as if the campaigns are sporting events: what are the odds, stats (i.e., latest poll results), who's "injured," who's ahead, who's behind, what do the pundits predict. My point is, listen to the telephone calls (or hang up, if you must,or have already made up your mind), read the lit (or recycle it if you've already made up your mind), take the ads with a grain of salt (or hit the mute button if you've already made up your mind)...but, please, understand that the stuff of campaigns is a lot of volunteer work--canvassers, phoners, door knockers, lit droppers. About the money spent for ads? Until we get campaign reform, the money for ads will continue to pour in. All the more reason we need volunteers -- and, yes, Brad Whitmore, Jessica Doyle and the candidates themselves -- phoning us to remind us to vote. After all, so many of us don't.

It may seem as if the election won't end. But it will, so be patient with the process...And be sure to vote! (And send the contribution, regardless.)

jody

Too many times the voters themselves are blamed for their LEGITIMATE reactions to the tactics of the strategists and operatives. A voice of opposition is labelled as "apathy", when in fact the speaker is really questioning the system or just plain giving it the Middle Finger Salute.

The current system abuses voters - it is All (I mean ALL) about manipulating them. It should be about LISTENING to them and meeting their needs. Current practices harden, enrage and desensitize voters (what did they really think would happen over time?)
Quite soon now, all of the dollars spent on this kind of activity will be a complete waste, since voters will be so non-responsive all so-called "voter outreach" efforts will be rendered ineffectual. The PACS, the propaganda, the spinmeisters, the calls, the ads, the astroturf groups masquerading as "your neighbors" - it make ya wanna vomit. You really think we "should" welcome this? Many of us object to our potential leaders being just another jar of peanut butter to be sold. We want more.

We are right to rebel. We are human to object.

At some point parties and candidates and the already elected will be faced with the unavoidable conclusion that they are just going to have to DEAL with all of us - instead of hiring yet another consultant to manipulate us. And won't that be scary for y'all?

Or, I guess you could just install Diebold machines everywhere and turn democracy into a realistic video game we just watch from our couches. Go Red! Go Blue! Rah!

Laura

I just need to vent for a second. Yes, it's important to get out and vote, but I'm really pissed off that the democratic party couldn't get thier shit together and get us someone to VOTE for. I'm in the 6th CD and the damn party couldn't even get us someone to vote FOR. Petri is running unopposed. Again. Having been to Petri town hall meetings, I can say first hand that the guy is a steaming pile of poo. And not very smart either.

How many congressional districts did they totally blow by not even running a candidate?

Calls to the Wisconsin Democratic party to find out if there was a write in were made, they said they'd call back, but never did.

Paul

Laura-hopefully Howard Dean will make the Democratic Party a ntional party with races in every district at the national and state level. The present 'tuck and run' strategy designed to only make an effort in Blue states is a tactic for losers--both in terms of election success and in terms of changing this nation.

Rossi-with today's technology, the Dems should be able to avoid wasted duplication, and wasted resources, both money and volunteers.

Mark-all of the calls were from dems, though the Republican effort to do supression calls is just staggering.

and Jody is right-the political marketing system is nothing short of 'abuse.' We condemn this behavior at home and in the work place. Some genius will win a Nobel Prize if they can find a kind method of negating the present campaign system.

Rossi

Yes, Paul, we need more efficient technology. But as we pursue hi-tech to avoid duplication and inefficiencies, we can't turn our backs on volunteers--the young, the old, the political novices, the not so able. We can't lose sight of people at the expense of "running the trains on time." What we do need to do is to integrate efficient and state-of-the-art campaign technologies (hi-tech call centers, accurate and well-maintained voter lists, laser-like voter targeting, creative GOTV efforts, to name a few) with lo-tech tactics that keep people excited and involved. If we can't integrate technology and grass-roots activism, political campaigns will just move from the proverbial "smoke filled" room to a highly efficient technology center devoid of ordinary and, yes, often inefficient volunteers. I, for one, think this integration is possible. But we will need innovative and sensitive thinkers to make it happen.

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