DON'T EXPECT A ROBUST JOBS-BASED RECOVERY WITH OBAMA IN OFFICE
The president is simply clueless about how to create such a recovery. Worse yet, the Republicans who should know how are involved in intra-murals amongst their own party. What a tragedy this is. Add to this the Fed's continued stream of huge QE bond purchases propping up a moribund economy, and ironically, this guarantees NO robust recovery! Fed capital infusions make things look better than they are, which is just what Obama wants. These $85 billion, very-low-interest-rate infusions in a constant stream also squeeze private capital out of markets, assuring that the growth that occurs from the private sector will remain slow and spotty.
Perspectives on changing people and finding work….
A doctor from France says: "In France , the medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man's testicles; we put them into another man, and in 6 ...weeks he is looking for work."
A German doctor comments quietly : "That's nothing, in Germany we take part of the brain out of a person; we put it into another person head, and in 4 weeks he is looking for work."
A Russian doctor says boasting :"That's nothing either. In Russia we take out half of the heart from a person; we put it into another person's chest, and in 2 weeks he is looking for work."
A US doctor laughs and answers loudly and immediately: "That's nothing my colleagues, you are way behind us….in the USA , about 8 years ago, we grabbed a person from Kenya with no brains, no heart, and no balls….and we made him into President of the United States, and now……. the whole damn country is looking for work.
Can the GOP (ever) win the White House again? That’s the question that must be “top of mind” for everyone who is fed up with Barack Obama’s poor performance as president and his failing big-government ideologies. Ignore that the next chance to do so is three years away. Forget that the candidates are unknown. Ignore that the GOP is horribly divided on its own ideological positions. None of those issues will matter, whoever the candidate might be, if the GOP doesn’t play catch up with the Democrat Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign methods and systems do their magic again.
I participated as a poll watcher in the ill-fated Romney campaign's Project Orca! It was the germ of a good idea, but not even close to what Obama & the Democrats used. And then it crashed on the late afternoon of Election Day. I truly doubt that the huge amount of effort... and data collected.... ever were really used for getting out more GOP voters!
IF the GOP ever wishes to be truly competitive in presidential elections, it must at least "catch up" with where the Democrat's approaches and use of social media efforts and their coordinated use to Get Out The Vote, were in 2012. Given his performance there was no way Barack Obama should have been reelected--except for this vital part of his campaign!
READ THIS STARTLING Interview from Discover Magazine to see just how far behind the GOP is, in campaign technology and tactics: http://lindamarsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Harper-Reed-QandA.pdf
Studying the immense margins gained in heavily Democratic cities, it’s evident that "Romney, the person" did not lose, per se. Yes, he had his share of bad advice and gaffes. Yes, the too-many debates, with too many fringe candidates, run by biased liberal moderators, were also damaging. He also suffered from some of the McCain like "I'm not going to attack this guy and call him out on his lies," syndrome. Thus Obama skated by lying all the way.
However, in the end, on election day, the Obama/Democratic "machine" won it for him, by finding every possible voter in the Obama-rich cities—heavily concentrating on minorities, but also reaching out to young women, naïve youth, etc. and getting them and all their friends out to vote for Obama. These were the aggregation of constituencies that Obama’s policies appeal to. Almost all the blacks, who liked the Obama welfare themes. A big majority of Hispanics who feared the inept Romney message on his and the GOP’s attitude toward them and the millions of illegal (also heavily Hispanic) immigrants in America (non-voters for the most part).
Worst of all, the entire GOP, and its (and Romney's) campaign--and subsequent Get Out The Vote efforts--were woefully inadequate—deplorable might be a better term—or non-existent. The GOP turnout actually dropped in a year when it should have grown! The party was still using generation-old campaign tactics of phone banks (leaving mostly voicemails, which are summarily deleted), yard signs and conventional advertising. Rallies drew crowds, but mostly those already in the Romney camp.
Even when there was a desire to help expand or change this process, there was no one to even talk to about it. The old-fashioned party/campaign staff was in control and doing it their old ways. Simply finding a phone number or email address of anyone in a position of influence in the campaign was near impossible. All they wanted was volunteers to staff phone banks, an effort that reeks of the last century, not this one. And thus the GOP plowed ahead, insular and insulated from the folly of their ways, turning the prospect of victory into a demoralizing defeat.
Unless those problems are "fixed"—and fast—winning the White House back in 2016 is very unlikely--and that is a very bad prospect indeed. Not only would this kind of 21st century effort support presidential candidates, it also creates the so-called "coattails" that carry many other state and Congressional candidates to victory! But that presumes such an effort exists within the GOP “bag of tricks.” IT DOESN’T!
Please share this article with everyone you know who is interested and/or involved in campaign politics, because that's where it all starts. Then the party must find and hire the IT and build the local GOTV organizations to really play catch up! Three years is barely enough time for such a Herculean task.
The pivotal question is, within a party so divided between Tea Party conservatives and core GOP moderates, WHO WILL LEAD THIS EFFORT? Not the candidate(s) since that person would only be known mid-year of the election year. The effort must start NOW! Might the Republican National Committee be a good place to start? This is an organization searching for a reason to exist and raise its own funding. Here is the reason. (Reince Preibus, are you out there? Are you reading this kind of message and taking it to heart?