Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Stewie [with poll]
by Matt Stoller, Thu Jul 05, 2007 at 07:54:34 AM EDT
I'm hanging out at the New Organizing Institute's training of young political organizers. It's an intense seven day experience where trainees learn from top people in the various parts of campaigns - field, media, organizer, technology, research. During the day, they sit through grueling days of powerpoints. In the evening, they are split up into teams, each one of which is given a cartoon character to elect as President.
Here are the different campaigns. If you like a team, sign up for more information. Like good organizers, they are rapaciously after your email address.
You can track the campaign at the NOI blog. These NOI folk are going to be running our campaigns for a long time to come.
I'm leaning Lisa, but the Burns video is nice. And I'm wondering when polling data is coming out.
Update [2007-7-5 14:15:11 by Matt Stoller]: Here's the website for Mr. Burns.
Update [2007-7-5 15:14:25 by Matt Stoller]: New polling numbers are out.
Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Total
Lisa: 22%, 3% 15% 14%
Homer: 15% 1% 15% 9%
Bart: 15% 1% 14% 9%
Krusty: 3% 31% 14% 16%
Maggie: 23% 2% 12% 15%
Stewie: 19% 2% 14% 10%
Mr. Burns 3% 60%16%27%
As you can see, both Lisa and Maggie are struggling for the same pot of voters, and neither has managed to solidify their liberal base. A cruel Mr. Burns has reaped much of the authoritarian right, with the 'maverick' Krusty sweeping a fair number of independents into his camp and keeping him competitive. I'm surprised by Stewie's poor showing among Republicans and his strength among Democratic voters, which is clearly hurting the more liberal candidates in the race. His message blurring is effectively peeling off votes from the similarly young Maggie, while possibly losing some Republicans who might otherwise be attracted to his youthful viciousness. Burns has the strongest message, focusing on terrorism, national security, and his own penchant for dominance. And while independent voters may not like him, they know where he stands. The MyDD poll is ongoing, so keep voting (and like good liberals, MyDD readers are going for Lisa by large margins).
Update [2007-7-6 0:3:3 by Matt Stoller]:: And here's Krusty's site.