Telegraph from RNC

Karl Rove is a brillant, relentless and clever political strategist.  He is not, in my opinion, a god.  Nor is he the devil.

One of the great tragedies of the democratic leadership in the last five years has been their inability to notice that Karl Rove, Evil Sith Lord, likes to telegraph his plans.

In the days after 9/11, many of us saw how Bush II was using the tragedy for political gain.
We saw him telegraph the Iraq war.
We saw him telegraph his attack on judges.
But many of our leaders didn't see.

Will they see now?

"We registered 3.4 million Republicans over the past 4 years. Our goal must be to add 4 million new Republicans by 2008, including 1.5 million in this cycle. On top of this new voter registration, we will identify 19 million more Republicans, independents and discerning Democrats to add to our turnout rolls, and recruit 1 million new volunteers over the next 2 years."

Ken Mehlman, RNC Chair.

While I respect and admire Howard Dean's efforts to reconnect to the heartland, I am absolutely disgusted that the RNC continues to outraise us 2 to one.  Four years ago, Karl Rove openly layed out his strategy to court evangelicals and identify new republicans and set up a monolithic infrastructure to track voters/voting trends in EVERY COUNTY OF THE COUNTRY.  

He did that.
That's pretty much how he won.
On November 1,  he could tell you how every neighbor on your block would vote.

Now Mehlman is announcing the continuation of that strategy.  Because they know that if HRC gets the nom in 08, our base (some begrudgingly and some enthusiastically) will come out in force.

What are our leaders doing to counter this?
Dean, for his part, is courting local voters, and empowering local dems to organize and plot.
Though this is exactly what we should have been doing the last ten years, I wonder how much success he will have in the face of the continuation of Mehlman's Empire.
Especially if he continues to get spanked in the fundraising.

I admire Mehlman and Rove for their prowess and attention to marketing and detail.
I pray for our lone jedi Howard.
I pray that he is getting the job done, and may the force be with him.

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they got the money
we got the fight

I wouldn't worry all that much about the finances.  If the message is clear the people will respond.  Those that are still pumping money at the Republicans right now are those with the most to lose in 2008.  The General Electrics, the WalMarts, the Hallibuton's the Pfizers etc.  And thankfully the people are starting to see how much these companies really care about their well being as a customer.

by goplies 2005-04-29 04:31PM | 0 recs
yeah
there has been an uptick in $$$ since Dean got the job, and I would think some of the money came from the big corporate inaugural. The transition to a different chair probably hurt us slightly in that department, but we should be fine.
by jj32 2005-04-30 05:05AM | 0 recs
More of it is Bush than people think
Bush sells.  He sells as likeable, common, decent, and tough.

There is much to be said for those qualities.  Even if they're fake.

Bush also had the strong advantage of courting Evangelicals while bombing A-rabs.  This is practically the same as giving Clinton a blowjob -- it just gets them going!

The EV vote is going to calm down a lot.  They're not too keen on how things are turning out.

The GOP now has to split the baby.

It can eithert go hard EV, and alienate the center (the Frist strategy), or it can poo-poo the EVs, and keep the center (Bush strategy).

by jcjcjc 2005-04-29 06:50PM | 0 recs
Organization
It takes more than empowering.

We have to be organized and coordinate between the DNC, state, and county parties.

The Republicans do all of the above.
We do not.
Basically, we have 3 separate parties, not the ONE that we need.

It goes past Mehlman/Rove.
They have a large but efficient organization with a lot of moving parts.

We don't need a lone Jedi.
We need an efficient, organized, coordinated effort BETWEEN ALL THREE LEVELS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

Fighting and working hard are great traits and are very important.

Working smart and getting good things done is even better.

by v2aggie2 2005-04-29 08:57PM | 0 recs

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