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  • Ted Cruz’s 2016 plan is somehow both smart and really dumb

    12/18/2014 2:13:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | December 18, 2014 | James Downie
    Earlier this week, National Review’s Eliana Johnson reported on how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) plans to approach the 2016 presidential campaign: “His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination,” writes Johnson. “According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats; and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, ‘not getting killed with independents.’” The plan has...
  • GOP Pierces Democratic Monopoly on Technology, Targeting, and Voter Mobilization

    11/07/2014 1:21:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 11-6-14 | Ron Fournier
    Sitting at his laptop, Jon Black scrolled over "Arkansas" to see a burst of bar graphs, each representing a week's worth of data on an important slice of the electorate: Republican-leaning Arkansans who often don't vote. Black winced. A crooked blue line skirted just above the top of seven consecutive bars, telling Black, director of voter turnout at the Republican National Committee, that his Arkansas colleagues were short of their goals for this particular cluster of voters labeled "High Value GOP." He called his colleagues in Arkansas. Almost instantly, Tom Cotton's Senate campaign started visiting, calling, and aiming digital ads...
  • How the Christian Right Is Using Hobby Lobby and "Duck Dynasty" to Take Back America

    11/02/2014 6:16:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 31, 2014 | Mariah Blake
    Evangelicals are mobilizing for the midterms.Pundits may be declaring the culture wars over, but conservative Christians are donning their battle gear and rushing back to the front lines. In recent months, a coalition of conservative evangelical organizations has been pursuing an aggressive voter mobilization campaign that involves a combination of high-tech tools, briefings for pastors, and rallies simulcast to mega-churches around the country. The goal of these gatherings is to drum up outrage over recent political skirmishes, including the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, and to persuade believers that their religious freedoms are under attack by ungodly forces. During one recent event,...
  • Why You Shouldn’t Vote

    11/02/2014 5:33:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 883 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Look, I’m not going to lie to you – your vote matters. But let’s be honest, there are Republicans on the ballot who aren’t very conservative. Most of them don’t agree with me on everything and surely don’t agree with you on everything. In fact, many of them are downright awful. So if you find yourself in a state where the Senate race is close, and you don’t like some of the things the Republican candidate stands for – just stay home. A message must be sent: We conservatives could not beat all the people we don’t like in the...
  • Have New York Democrats added intimidation to their GOTV strategy?

    10/31/2014 11:21:39 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-31-14 | The Looking Spoon
    In 2004 I worked for the Republican Party in the county where I lived to help drive GOTV.We have a secret ballot, but if you vote is not secret. The political parties have access to who is in their party and how often they vote, if ever.Part of the strategy for my county's GOP was to really hit hard the "high propensity" voters. Meaning people who voted 3 out of the last 4 elections or 4 out of the last 4 elections. 2's were not a priority, and 1's were almost completely ignored, because resources were limited.Basically our efforts were...
  • DRUDGE HEADLINE ONLY: "EARLY VOTING: REPUBLICANS HAVE 10% LEAD"

    10/31/2014 9:39:43 AM PDT · by GOPinCa · 142 replies
    Headline only from DrudgeReport: SOURCES: According to latest early voting data from AP, Republican have 10% lead in ballots cast...
  • CAIR to Mobilize Muslim Voters for Midterm Election

    10/30/2014 1:03:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    CAIR ^ | 10-30-2014
    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, plans to mobilize Muslim voters this weekend through a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) call campaign directed at 145,000 households in states with high concentrations of American Muslims. [IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of recent efforts to suppress minority voting nationwide, it is important to report attempts to block any qualified voter from casting a ballot. Report any denial of voting rights to civilrights@cair.com ] The calls will urge Muslim voters to go to the polls on November 4 and will be recorded by regional Muslim leaders...
  • The NYT has had enough of you bumpkins deciding elections

    10/29/2014 3:48:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    At first glance, it’s tempting to think that Mark Leibovitch is calling various Republican candidates stupid in his New York Times article, The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections. It would be an easy and understandable mistake to make, given that the introduction focuses almost entirely on Joni Ernst, with a generous sprinkling of Sarah Palin and other, almost exclusively GOP figures throughout the piece. But a closer reading reveals that even though the author might be thinking the candidates are toothless, drooling hicks, he’s really casting stones at those of you stupid enough to fall for their homespun, down on...
  • Can Ferguson Swing the Election?

    10/26/2014 7:50:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 26, 2014 | Joshua DuBois
    Low African American voter turnout helped create Ferguson’s mostly white government. Black leaders nationwide are using that fact to get their constituents to the polls.For many African Americans, this is shaping up to be the Ferguson Election. Around the country, black voters are being mobilized to vote in the 2014 midterms with the argument that the death of Michael Brown resulted, in part, from lack of black civic participation. While the population of Ferguson is nearly 70 percent African American, only 6 percent cast a ballot in the last municipal elections. This led to a majority-black city where the mayor...
  • Gallup poll shows Tea Party supporters the most motivated to vote

    10/24/2014 1:39:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 24, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    They’re baaaa-aaack, as Carol Anne said in Poltergeist II. No, not the cheesy ghosts from the cemetery under their house, but the ghosts of the previous midterm election, and they’re about to haunt Democrats. Gallup’s survey from the end of last month shows that the most enthusiastic voters in this cycle are Tea Party supporters — and it’s not even close: Although the Tea Party has not been as visible in this year’s midterm elections as it was in 2010, Tea Party Republicans have given more thought to this year’s elections and are much more motivated to vote than are...
  • In Senate races, little talk of Ferguson. Will that hurt black voter turnout?

    10/22/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | October 22, 2014 | Francine Kiefer
    African-Americans are engaged in intense discussions about the race and justice issues raised this summer. But the Senate candidates – many in tight races that could determine control of the chamber – aren’t talking about Ferguson.Ankeny, Iowa — In the razor-thin Senate race in Iowa, Tara Patterson, a sought-after African-American voter, is deeply disappointed that neither candidate is talking about what’s most important to her: race and justice issues that can be summed up in one word, Ferguson. The mother of a son in middle school and another in high school says she wants “African-American boys to be able to...
  • Sharpton returning to Ferguson for 4 days to draw nat'l attention to death of unarmed teenager Brown

    10/20/2014 2:15:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mia De Graaf
    The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to hold a four-day tribute for the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson at the end of this month. Sharpton will be in the Missouri town from October 31 to November 4 in reference to the four hours that the teenager's body was left lying on the street. Sharpton is leading a wave of outcry after a Friday report suggested that investigators do not have enough evidence to charge a police officer over the shooting of Michael Brown. Details revealed by the New York Times included the first account of the shooting...
  • No Sign of Increased Turnout for Dems on Election Day

    10/11/2014 4:14:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 11, 2014 | Rick Moran
    At the beginning of the summer, the White House and Democrats on the Hill promised to highlight issues that were near and dear to the hearts of their core constituencies of single women, minorities, and young people. To that end, they launched a series of attacks on Republicans: “war on women,” income inequality, exploiting racial tensions in Ferguson, and a promise from the president to take executive action on immigration. None of those issues have resonated with their targets. The needle has hardly moved and it appears that Senate Democratic incumbents, as well as other Democratic congressional candidates, are going...
  • Rocking the Vote to the Left

    10/10/2014 4:46:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    That left-wing group called Rock the Vote has released its latest silly new video urging the youth of America to vote. But vote for what? As usual, they featured celebrities and young people urging a turnout for marriage equality, for global warming awareness and against deforestation. It comes with visual aids for their pet issues. There's a globe with an old-fashioned ice bag on it, a gun with a padlock on the trigger, and a ball-and-chain representing student loans. There are those edgy figures, like the rapper whose "song" drones throughout the video: "My name is Lil Jon and I'm...
  • AFL-CIO Chief Trumka: ‘Lot of Work to Do’ on 2014 Turnout

    10/07/2014 4:47:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    Washington Wire ^ | 10/7/2014 | Melanie Trottma
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has spent the last month crisscrossing the nation to mobilize voters on behalf of union-endorsed candidates, largely Democrats.His takeaway 28 days before the November midterm elections:  “I feel a sense of urgency that we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.  “Voter turnout is going to be the deciding factor” in this election, Mr. Trumka told reporters at a meeting at the labor federation’s Washington headquarters Tuesday.The challenge labor faces is apathy from prospective voters who are wondering why they should care about this election, Mr. Trumka said. He’s been asked that question many...
  • Michelle Obama warns Senate control, impeachment, rests on 'few hundred votes'

    10/02/2014 9:29:24 AM PDT · by W. · 49 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10/2/2014 | Paul Bedard
    Quote:"If you think folks who work 40-50 hours a week shouldn’t have to live in poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth and if you don’t want women’s bosses making decisions about their birth control, then you need to step up right now."
  • ‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America

    09/18/2014 3:51:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    PJ Media's Rule of Law ^ | September 17, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    The Democrats and the institutional left have a new political tool that allows them virtually to ignore moderates yet still win elections. This tool, the Catalist database, was employed in the 2012 election. That election defied conventional wisdom: Mitt Romney sought and won independent voters overwhelmingly, but still lost. If you wondered why the conventional wisdom about independents and moderates didn’t seem so wise in 2012, the answer is Catalist. Beyond winning elections, Catalist also allows the Democrats to turn the policy narrative upside down and suffer no political consequence for implementing radical policies which appeal to their base. The...
  • Holder: Civil rights probe into Trayvon Martin shooting still active

    09/04/2014 2:35:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the federal civil rights investigation into the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin remains active, noting “recent developments” in the case. The Justice Department is weighing charges against George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Martin in an incident that captured national interest. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges more than a year ago, but the Justice Department is still running down leads as part of its civil rights probe, Holder said. “That matter is ongoing,” said Holder, who was asked about the case during a news conference announcing the...
  • Jesse Jackson, Liberal Activists Launch Voter Registration Drives In Ferguson

    08/19/2014 2:39:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Patrick Howley, political reporter
    Jesse Jackson and other liberal activists are rolling out voter registration efforts as part of a coordinated left-wing push to sign up voters during the wave of violent protests engulfing Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. Racial activist and former Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson met with St. Louis clergy Monday to plan a formal Ferguson voter registration drive. “Five thousand new voters will transform the city from top to bottom” Jackson explained during a stop at a Ferguson McDonald’s, where he discussed voter registration with local denizens. Liberal activists — including from the George Soros-funded...
  • Give tea party credit for learning how to make a difference

    08/17/2014 1:54:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | August 15, 2014 | Joe Henderson
    I seriously admire one thing in particular about most tea party members. If you ever wonder how a relatively small group of people have so much impact on state, local and national policy, the answer is simple: They show up. They outwork most other groups. They go to meetings, study the issues and rally the faithful to the cause. They make sure their voices are heard (and man, are they heard). ItÂ’s also easy to say they make the most noise, but thatÂ’s because theyÂ’re often the only outside voice in the room when issues are being decided. In short,...
  • Unions put teachers on streets — for votes

    07/24/2014 7:11:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Stephanie Simon
    Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. Backed by tens of millions in cash and new data mining tools that let them personalize pitches to voters, the unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010. The unions have plenty of money: They spent $69 million on state races in 2010 and are likely to top that this year. But as they...
  • Why Facebook's 'Voter Megaphone' Is the Real Manipulation to Worry About

    07/06/2014 10:26:31 AM PDT · by dalight · 11 replies
    Techpresident.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Micah L. Sifry
    Two years ago, on the morning of the 2012 election in the United States, I got an email with an urgent subject line: "You should write the story of how Facebook blew an opportunity to turn out 300k voters." The sender, a veteran progressive online activist who would prefer to remain anonymous, was upset for good reason. The election was bound to be close, and as of 10am that morning he hadn't yet seen an "I'm Voting" button on his Facebook page, nor had another colleague of his. Nor was one on my own Facebook page. Given that when Facebook...
  • Brett Favre tries a Hail Mary for Cochran (Endorsement)

    06/18/2014 9:29:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | June 18, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is hoping he can help Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) pull out an overtime win in his runoff battle with primary challenger Chris McDaniel. The championship quarterback offers his support to Cochran in a new ad out from the Chamber of Commerce in which he touts Cochran as Mississippi's "strong voice in Washington." "I’ve learned through football that strong leadership can mean the difference between winning and losing," he says in the ad. "Trust me, Mississippi can win," he goes on, with Cochran in office. The three-time MVP started his career as a quarterback...
  • Obama blasts GOP at high school graduation, tells students to vote Democrat

    06/12/2014 3:33:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 11, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    <p>They’re barely old enough to vote, but graduating seniors at a Massachusetts high school were encouraged Wednesday by President Obama to boot Republicans from office and help the administration enact more of its agenda.</p> <p>Speaking at the commencement service at Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass., the president slowly transitioned from delivering a pep talk to leading a political pep rally.</p>
  • A big election win in Oregon (Saturbray)

    03/15/2014 7:53:44 AM PDT · by bray · 51 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 3/15/14 | bray
    And the chief captain answered, with a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, but I was free born. Acts 22:28 It appears the stranglehold of the Marxists may be loosening from America. Not only was the national election in Florida for David Jolly a major victory, but here in deep blue Oregon we had a special election on Light Rail that Conservatives won. Not only was it a defeat for the crown jewel of liberalism, but we won the election against the Oregon Democrat machine which never loses. This election was in a town that runs pretty...
  • Voting Records Raise Questions After Mummified Body Found (The Mummy Votes)

    03/11/2014 8:35:07 AM PDT · by robowombat · 52 replies
    CBS WWJ Detroit ^ | March 11, 2014 6:46 AM
    Voting Records Raise Questions After Mummified Body Found PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) - Voting records are raising questions amid an investigation into the discovery of a woman’s mummified body in the garage of a foreclosed metro Detroit home. The body found last Wednesday in Pontiac is that of Pia Farrenkopf — according to her sister, Paula Logan. Authorities investigating the case haven’t released her name, but they have said that the woman apparently died in 2008 at the age of 49. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, records show Farrenkopf as voting in the November 2010 gubernatorial election. Officials...
  • California Democrats brace for low 2014 turnout

    12/03/2013 8:49:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/3/13 | Joe Garafoli
    Just because California Democrats hold every statewide office and a supermajority in the Legislature doesn't mean they're not worried about 2014. Some Democratic insiders fret that, essentially, life may be too good for the party right now. Their lurking fear: Without a high-profile presidential election or a big-name Republican challenger lined up yet against Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic voters won't be interested enough to cast ballots in November. If that happens, the GOP could pick off a few seats in the Legislature, wrecking the Democrats' two-thirds majority and damaging Brown's ability to move his agenda. Adding to Democratic insiders' anxiety...
  • 'Extremist' Cuccinelli Crushed McAuliffe Among Independents

    11/06/2013 7:20:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 6, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli, abandoned by the Republican establishment as too "extreme" to win in Virginia, crushed Democrat Terry McAuliffe among independent voters by 9 percentage points, 47%-38%. The key to McAuliffe's victory was that the Democrat--assisted by the ruthless data-mining operation that fueled Barack Obama's 2012 re-election--turned out his party's base, while conservative voters were divided. Cuccinelli's winning margin among independent voters was only slightly lower than Mitt Romney's 12-point margin in 2012. Romney also lost the state, however, after failing to bring conservative voters to the polls and mounting a lackluster a get-out-the-vote operation that was badly...
  • How Obamacare Glitches Could Put Hispanics in Play

    11/05/2013 1:58:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 4, 2013 | Beth Reinhard
    After two election cycles of Democrats successfully marketing Obamacare to Hispanic voters, the health care law's rocky start could turn into a bargaining chip for Republicans. Hispanic adults have supported President Obama's Affordable Care Act at a rate twice that of whites. More than 10 million Hispanics—roughly one-fourth of the total uninsured population—stand to benefit from the law. An outsize proportion of the eligible Hispanics are the healthy millennials who could make or break universal health care. But glitches on the enrollment site are blocking Hispanics (and everyone else) from signing up for subsidized insurance, while the Spanish-language website has...
  • Churches get behind the Albuquerque late-term abortion ban with encouragement from archbishop

    11/04/2013 10:26:40 AM PST · by topher · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:22 EST | by Operation Rescue staff
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 4, 2013 (OperationRescue.org) – Archbishop Michael Sheehan urged Albuquerque Catholics to cast their votes for the historic Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance Sunday, telling them that a vote for the ordinance is the only way a Catholic should vote. “Let us say ‘yes’ to Jesus, let us say ‘yes’ to the unborn child, and urge others to do the same,” he said during his homily at the Shrine of Bernadette. His message resonated with parishioners, some of whom plan to take advantage of early voting which is now open. Meanwhile ABQ Voters for Late Term...
  • Ken Cuccinelli GOTV Rally Congressman Ron Paul

    11/01/2013 9:26:02 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 55 replies
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  • LIVE THREAD ~ NEW JERSEY SPECIAL ELECTION FOR US SENATE

    10/16/2013 4:30:35 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 363 replies
    Good morning Free Republic and good morning to the GREAT STATE of NEW JERSEY! Get up and go to you polling place!! VOTE FOR STEVE LONEGAN TODAY!! And with that -- I am off to do my civic duty and to make America proud!! (hope this isn't a repeat thread!)
  • Sequestering the Sequester (Saturbray)

    03/02/2013 8:35:53 AM PST · by bray · 8 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 3/2/13 | bray
    …the other man’s conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my Freedom be judged by anothers conscience? 1 Cor 10:29 What the Repubs in congress have to understand is no matter what is said about them by the Three Pillars of Propaganda, none of it translates into actual votes. They are being trashed by the media, the DNC and academia but the only way they will lose votes is if or when they cave. The Obots will never vote for them anyway, so to hold what they have and rebuild, they need to give their base a reason to...
  • Powell: GOP Should Back Off Attempts to Lower Voter Participation

    01/24/2013 5:57:21 PM PST · by massmike · 32 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 01/24/2013 | Dan Weil
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the Republican Party should abandon its efforts to curb voter participation through voter ID laws. “Should we really have gone after reducing the turnout of voters in those places where we thought it would make a difference?” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, referring to November’s election. “You have to appeal with policies and programs to these people who are going to be the leaders of our country in a generation,” Powell says.
  • How to Prevent Another Orca Flop (Why the Republican GOTV effort failed to match the Democrat's)

    11/15/2012 6:59:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/2012 | Michael James Barton
    It’s pardonable to be defeated, but never surprised. — Frederick the Great Over the past week, there has been plenty of harsh criticism of the Romney campaign’s get-out-the-vote efforts and volunteer system. While the campaign has pushed back on these claims, my experience inside a swing-state legal war room last Tuesday leads me to say that the criticisms of the campaign’s GOTV in general, and of its use of the Orca system in particular, ring true. The main GOTV effort was supposed to operate like this: Poll watchers listen to the names of everyone coming in to vote and notate...
  • The Voters who stayed Home (bitter pill: Republicans re-elected Obama)

    11/11/2012 11:27:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 261 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/10/12 | McCarthy
    The key to understanding the 2012 election is simple: A huge slice of the electorate stayed home. The punditocracy — which is more of the ruling class than an eye on the ruling class — has naturally decided that this is because Republicans are not enough like Democrats: They need to play more identity politics (in particular, adopt the Left’s embrace of illegal immigration) in order to be viable. But the story is not about who voted; it is about who didn’t vote. In truth, millions of Americans have decided that Republicans are not a viable alternative because they are...
  • The Myth of the Missing Three Million Republicans

    11/12/2012 5:38:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 11-12-12 | Jack Cashill
    A score of people this past week have asked me about the three million Republicans allegedly "missing" at the polls this year. For starters, if the Washington Post is to be believed, Mitt Romney received 1.3 million fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008, not 3 million. For the record, Obama received 7.5 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. More than 1.1 million of the Republican votes were "lost" in California. It is not that California Republicans turned against Romney. His percentage of the vote was higher than McCain's in 2008. It is just they...
  • How Conservatives Can Win in Blue-State America: Lessons from South Africa's Opposition

    11/11/2012 1:18:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Big Government ^ | November 11, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    The new conventional wisdom in the aftermath of the 2012 elections is that Republicans face two challenges: first, that the United States is no longer a center-right nation, but a center-left one; second, that the country’s demographic shift away from whites will make it tougher for Republicans to win votes. The proposed solution is that Republicans must compromise on the party’s core policies, from immigration to taxation to social issues. The conventional wisdom is wrong. I once worked in South Africa for a centrist party, the Democratic Alliance, which faced the same challenges as Republicans do, only far more extreme....
  • NET CALL UPDATED

    11/10/2012 6:36:08 PM PST · by military cop · 22 replies
    Blood, Sweat, Tears | 11/9/2012 | Military Cop
    This post is written in anger and frustration. Angry that we continue to follow the Republican Party’s elite ignorance. A party that continues to pull defeat from the jaws of victory characterized by pompous fools who fulfill the sterotype built by the left. Frustrated that the reality of politics is this: There will be no third party capable of competing with the coalition constructed by the dems. As a result, true conservatives MUST take steps to irradicate the ignorance of the Republican Party while still adhering to the core values of our forefathers (beliefs that I discovered are considered extreme...
  • Democrats’ “Get-out-the-Vote” Efforts Impressive

    11/10/2012 2:07:03 PM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Nov 2012 | John Semmens
    One of the things many of the pre-election polls failed to account for was the Democratic Party’s potent get-out-the-vote efforts. While a complete accounting for all votes has not yet been achieved, results from several locations in key battleground states are impressive. In nearly two dozen precincts from Philadelphia President Obama received over 99% of the ballots cast. This was topped by some precincts in Cleveland where the President secured 100% of the votes cast. As sterling a performance as these locations in two states accomplished, they were both outdone by precincts in Colorado where the President received in excess...
  • How many votes did the failure of 'Project Orca' cost the GOP? (GOTV experiences massive screw ups)

    11/09/2012 7:18:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/09/2012 | rick Moran
    Well, this is incredibly disturbing. And while I don't think you can place the blame for Romney's defeat on this massive screw up in their GOTV efforts, considering the margin of defeat in OH, FL, VA, and CO, it certainly didn't help. John at Ace of Spades was one of 30,000 volunteers who were to take part in a brand new, high tech program that digitized "strike lists." Basically, the volunteer would be at a polling station and strike off the names of voters as they voted. Then, about half way through the day, they were supposed to send those...
  • The Voters Who Stayed At Home

    11/09/2012 4:51:01 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 99 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/09/12 | LD Jackson
    Perhaps I should have changed the title of this post to "The Americans Who Stayed At Home". That's really where this all lies. In the aftermath of the election, I was reading some posts on Facebook and came across one from someone I am related to. He and his wife shall remain nameless, but what they posted troubled me greatly. They basically congratulated President Obama for his victory and then wrote that they were proud of the fact that they did not vote. I could not believe what I was reading. How can any American citizen not have the desire...
  • The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA (GOTV failure)

    11/08/2012 1:47:30 PM PST · by jocon307 · 33 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 11/08/12 | John E.
    What is Project Orca? Well, this is what they told us: "Project ORCA is a massive undertaking – the Republican Party’s newest, unprecedented and most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 presidential election." Pretty much everything in that sentence is false. The "massive undertaking" is true, however. It would take a lot of planning, training and coordination to be done successfully (oh, we'll get to that in a second). This wasn't really the GOP's effort, it was Team Romney's. And perhaps "unprecedented" would fit if we're discussing failure.
  • Slipping support among young voters could harm Obama

    11/05/2012 6:06:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Islamabad Nation / AFP ^ | November 6, 2012
    CLEVELAND - Four years ago, Colleen Weston was one of the many young Americans enchanted by Barack Obama’s message of hope and change. Now the 28-year-old marketing director from Cleveland in the battleground state of Ohio says she has grown up and will this time vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney. “I am definitely disappointed in the job that has not been done,” Colleen explains. “The positions Obama ran on in 2008 like turning the economy around and making change for the American people, I just haven’t seen it.” As Obama’s hair has turned gray during his time in the...
  • Romney Campaign Enlists Help of 'Killer Whale' Project to Get Out the Vote (Worrried? Read this)

    11/05/2012 4:11:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    NET News, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations ^ | November 5, 2012 | Alex Burns
    For months now, the Romney campaign has been putting together a high-tech voter monitoring operation to use on Election Day that will identify which of their committed supporters have voted -- and then corral those who haven't. They call it the Orca Project, named for the powerful killer whale. Why Orca? It seems the Orca is the greatest natural predator of the Narwhal, the name of the Obama campaign's top secret voter micro-targeting system. Orca will deploy 34,000 operatives in key precincts tomorrow, linked by a smartphone "killer app" to 800 volunteers on the floor of TD Garden (formerly Boston...
  • CNN: Battlegrounds: 'It's all about northern Virginia'

    11/01/2012 1:38:01 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | October 26, 2012 | John King
    Editor's note: The 2012 presidential race is CNN Chief National Correspondent John King's seventh campaign. King is traveling through battleground states, where the election will be decided, to find the voters who will determine whether President Barack Obama gets a second term or if the country needs the change in direction that Mitt Romney represents. Dumfries, Virginia (CNN) -- Retiree Robert Stevens says he often turns off the television when the attack ads appear, and he hangs up the phone when it's a presidential campaign calling. "I want to make my own independent decision," Stevens said in a lunchtime conversation...
  • Dispatch from the Ohio Front

    10/30/2012 1:36:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | October 30, 2012 | Tennessean
    Just over a week ago, I along with fifty other Tennesseans boarded a charter bus and began a five hour trek to the front lines of the 2012 fight for the Presidency. We arrived in southwestern Ohio at roughly 10 PM EST that Friday night. Upon our arrival to our hotel, we received our room assignments and initial instructions. Then we bedded down for the night. The next morning a slight drizzling rain and colder conditions greeted us. We again boarded the charter bus and left for the Butler County Victory Center located 15 minutes away. We received a quick...
  • Dem warning: Obama could lose Wisconsin

    10/28/2012 7:43:50 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 28, 2012 | Alan Blinder
    “If the election was held today, President Barack Obama would lose the state of Wisconsin because where his base is, we have not turned out the vote early," Mayor Michael Hancock told a Democratic rally. "The suburbs and rural parts of Wisconsin – the Republican base – are voting. President Obama’s base has yet to go vote. "We've got to get our people to go vote," Hancock said. Early voting, which began in Wisconsin on Oct. 22, is a central component of Obama’s strategy to win the state. The president won Wisconsin four years ago by 14 percentage points, but...
  • VANITY: Your precinct canvassing stories (good, bad and ugly)

    10/20/2012 9:35:14 PM PDT · by Kolath · 3 replies
    Kolath | 10/10/2012 | Kolath
    This is the first year I've been canvassing a precinct and I must say it's been an adventure. I'm getting to know my neighborhood, my neighbors and the vibe of the voting public. As the old saying goes, you meet some of the most "interesting" people. Reactions range from smiles, enthusiasm, blank poker faces, war stories from vets, "huh?" to a the rare "get off my property whippersnapper!!!" I'm canvassing for Deb Fischer (NE, US Senate) and it's been a blast. 95% positive with lots of good reactions. What are your canvassing stories?
  • Do Get Out the Vote Calls for Romney in the Swing States from the Comfort of Your Own Home

    10/16/2012 10:37:37 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 23 replies
    Get out the vote is one of the most important things a campaign does to win an election. It's actually going to be more important in a lot of ways in the presidential race than convincing the few undecided voters still out there to come Romney's way. You can help with Romney's get out the vote effort by going to his website and signing up to make get out the vote calls into the swing states using your free cell long distance. They provide the numbers, the names of the voters and a script, currently focused on getting people to...