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In the same way that high school football players can learn a lot about the game by watching the pros play in the Super Bowl, local political activists should be able to learn a lot about campaigns by watching the players in the presidential race.
By the same token, the people who work in presidential races can easily forget the basic rules of politics they learned when they started out as local political activists. In fact if you examine closely the inside workings of the Kerry campaign, as the editors of Newsweek did in the new book, ‘Election 2004’, it is clear that
As a voter file vendor, this is not a new question for us. In fact, we have found our greatest competition is from clients who decide to “bring the voter file in-house”.
Is this wise?
Like most decisions, nothing is always right or always wrong. But there are certain arguments that should be considered by every campaign or party that is considering the building and management of their voter file in-house.
1. Bringing it in-house
In most elections, incumbents have enormous advantages over challengers. Not only have they won election in the district before, and thus possess greater name ID, but they also have at their disposal all of the trappings of elected office: free mail to constituents, news coverage, patronage and increased fundraising ability.
Despite all of these advantages, though, woe to any elected official who is seen as losing touch with the district. This warning applies not only to Congressmen, who can go to Washington and seem
It's election season again. You understand the importance of free media, name recognition, and fundraising potential. You have read about how the Internet has transformed politics and about the importance of a good team of professional consultants.
You have registered with the appropriate election officials. Your family and friends are behind you, and you have even started raising some money. Congratulations, you are officially a candidate, time to hire pollsters, media buyers, general consultants and really get to work.
So, who is making sure al
Let's say your opponent is bringing a big shot in from out of town. It's a last minute event, a rally designed to drum up support and raise money. He's a big figure with your opponent's base, but he's also a polarizing figure in your district.
If your campaign has the right tools in place, you can use this.
You don't have much time, the event in a couple days. You need to rally your own supporters and get them motivated to protest the event. Email is a great way to get
Incumbents always have held an advantage in elections, but that advantage has now become practically insurmountable. Over 90 percent of incumbent Congressional candidates are re-elected every two years. Percentages among incumbents farther down on the ballot sometimes are even higher, as often nobody even bothers to run against incumbent State Senators, State Representatives, and City Councilmen.
It would be good for everyone, however--even supporters of these incumbents--if competitive elections were restored. Because competitive elections make all candidates, even the winners, more