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The Obama 2012 Campaign: The Greatest, Ever
whitehousedossier ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2012 | KEITH KOFFLER

Posted on 11/09/2012 9:18:15 AM PST by lasereye

President Obama’s campaign organization is the greatest political machine in modern history.

How it was possible to take a moribund economy, high unemployment, and no detectable foreign policy and turn it into a sweeping electoral victory over a credible opponent is one of the great political stories of our time.

Plouffe, Messina, Axelrod. Political geniuses who wiped away forever the Clinton campaign axiom, “It’s the economy, stupid,” and replaced it with, “It’s the Community Organizing, Stupid.”

A few years ago, I was talking to a Democratic member of Congress who is close to Obama. She who told me of seeing him on the podium as Obama was trumpeting his victory in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses over Hillary Clinton, the win that propelled him to the Democratic nomination and, ultimately, the presidency.

“Nothing like a little community organizing,” Obama told her.

More than anything – more than changing demographics, Hurricane Sandy, the Romney campaign’s mistakes – or anything else – it was the Obama campaign’s relentless organization and prodding of its supporters and independents that made Obama’s success a reality.

The campaign collected peoples emails and addresses anyplace they could find them – from beauty salons to campaign rallies. They used them effectively, asking repeatedly through personalized messages for people’s money or their time.

I was signed up for the Obama campaign’s emails. They each began, “Keith.” I was signed up for the Romney campaign emails. They each began, “Friend.”

I’m not any campaign’s friend. I am Keith.

And on Election Day, Obama’s vast organization got everyone to the polls.

It is estimated that more black people, not fewer, voted in 2012 than 2008. More Latinos voted, not fewer, and an even greater percentage of them supported Obama this time. The youth vote did not decline from 2008. All this despite flagging enthusiasm for the president.

Here’s a telling anecdote related by a senior Obama aide to the press pool on Wednesday’s flight from Chicago back to Washington.

During flight, a campaign official talked about the ground game on background . . .

In describing the ground game, the official told of a conversation he had with a top field director on Monday. The GOP had tweeted that they had knocked on 75,000 doors in Ohio the day prior. Not to worry, the director said, “we knocked on 376,000.”

Then the president came in, and this aide said, “Tell him the door thing.” So he did. And the president responded, “That’s my team.”

That was not Romney’s team. Romney’s team was back in Boston Tuesday night, watching in awe:

In Chicago, the campaign recruited a team of behavioral scientists to build an extraordinarily sophisticated database packed with names of millions of undecided voters and potential supporters. The ever-expanding list let the campaign find and register new voters who fit the demographic pattern of Obama backers and methodically track their views through thousands of telephone calls every night.

That allowed the Obama campaign not only to alter the very nature of the electorate, making it younger and less white, but also to create a portrait of shifting voter allegiances. The power of this operation stunned Mr. Romney’s aides on election night, as they saw voters they never even knew existed turn out in places like Osceola County, Fla. “It’s one thing to say you are going to do it; it’s another thing to actually get out there and do it,” said Brian Jones, a senior adviser.

Brian Jones and company didn’t do it. According to a fascinating piece by Sean Trende at RealClearPolitics, turnout, far more than the “changing demographics” everyone is talking about, was the key to Obama’s victory.

And who didn’t turn out? White people, who overwhelmingly backed Romney when they did make it to the polls. Republicans need to attract more minority voters. But if white voters don’t show up, they still won’t win.

According to Trende, about 6.7 million fewer whites voted on Election Day 2012 than in 2008. A critical statistic in a race Obama won by only about 3 million votes.

Part of the reason they stayed home, Trende says, might be that these voters didn’t like Obama but had fallen sway to the Obama campaign’s negative emphasis on Romney’s wealth, as well as Romney’s own failure to articulate a message.

But Obama’s base wasn’t particularly excited either. And they showed up.

There are two lessons for Republicans in this. The first is obvious: Run a better campaign.

But the second, which flows from the first, is less obvious. Some Republicans are already talking about the need to “moderate” the Republican message.

But campaign workers won’t spend 20 hours a day at the office working for nothing to elect someone without a clear philosophy they can wrap their arms around. And voters won’t turn out unless they can understand a candidate’s views and be enthusiastic about it.

Romney failed to aggressively embrace a philosophy of any sort. If he had run as a true conservative and explained relentlessly why conservative policies are needed, he might have attracted the right people to his organization and put them in a position to bring motivated voters to the polls.

Because, it’s the community organizing, stupid.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; blacksanta; campaign; obama; turnout

1 posted on 11/09/2012 9:18:16 AM PST by lasereye
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To: lasereye

Free Shit for votes thats what it boils down to


2 posted on 11/09/2012 9:19:30 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: lasereye

I guess that’s why Obama got 10M less votes than in 2008.


3 posted on 11/09/2012 9:20:23 AM PST by ILS21R
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To: al baby

Partly. But their campaign operation was at another level.


4 posted on 11/09/2012 9:21:10 AM PST by lasereye
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To: lasereye

Facing a uncharasmatic “moderate” Republican who ran a lackluster campaign had nothing to do with the Obama victory?

I beg to disagree.


5 posted on 11/09/2012 9:22:02 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: lasereye; All

“How it was possible to take a moribund economy, high unemployment, and no detectable foreign policy and turn it into a sweeping electoral victory over a credible opponent is one of the great political stories of our time. “


simple- between 3.5 to 7 million voters affiliated with the party of your opponent don’t go out and vote...its easy to win when your opponent doesn’t show up or shows up at half strength....


6 posted on 11/09/2012 9:23:47 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: lasereye
He gives those that vote for him 236 years of our prosperity which has bankrupted our republic and he wins by 2 million out of 350 million votes... that is a purchase jug ears... not a win.

LLS

7 posted on 11/09/2012 9:24:04 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (I AM JOHN GALT)
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To: ILS21R

I think it was 9M as of the day after the election but they actually continue counting millions of ballots for a couple of weeks afterwards. Both Obama and Romney will pick up a few million more.

However many less they got, without that operation it would have been worse and he would have lost.


8 posted on 11/09/2012 9:24:15 AM PST by lasereye
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To: ILS21R

But they knew a dirty election game would make many conservatives staying at home and they made it.


9 posted on 11/09/2012 9:24:27 AM PST by granada
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To: LibLieSlayer

the sad thing is he won by 350K votes in four states...


10 posted on 11/09/2012 9:25:42 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: lasereye; Fred Nerks; Beckwith; null and void

Pretty easy to explain. 3 million conservative Republicans did not vote. They didn’t show. The GOP failed to provide them with policies that would bring them out, as they did with McCaine, and they were not biting the second time with Mitt.

Limbaugh dedicated a whole page to the issue:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/11/08/why_did_three_million_republicans_stay_home

And its been revealed also here:

Title: Where did the Voters Go?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2957326/posts

(Neither the GOP or the left want to talk about it.Instead its ‘ Obama is an electoral genius......Buahahahahahaha!)


11 posted on 11/09/2012 9:27:00 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: lasereye
This part is fascinating.

In Chicago, the campaign recruited a team of behavioral scientists to build an extraordinarily sophisticated database packed with names of millions of undecided voters and potential supporters. The ever-expanding list let the campaign find and register new voters who fit the demographic pattern of Obama backers and methodically track their views through thousands of telephone calls every night.

12 posted on 11/09/2012 9:27:15 AM PST by lasereye
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To: lasereye

Liberals have power propaganda machine, unions, community organizers.......

They can easily divide and confuse conservatives.


13 posted on 11/09/2012 9:27:59 AM PST by granada
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To: lasereye

Quote of the day from site here at source:

“I told you Ann, nobody cares anymore. Put the dog on top of the car and let’s go.”

- Mitt Romney


14 posted on 11/09/2012 9:31:38 AM PST by Zajko (Never wrestle with a pig. You'll both get dirty, but the pig likes it.)
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To: lasereye
Obama’s campaign was nothing more than a carrot on a stick for the freeloading moochers nothing great about that.
15 posted on 11/09/2012 9:34:20 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: lasereye

Not buying it. Not even Der Schlickster in all his largess ever, ever enjoyed this kind of media treatment. Even Clinton had to face the media in his Presidency. This guy has a full fledged ministry of propaganda at his disposal. I will say it again, take care of the media or there is no winning.


16 posted on 11/09/2012 9:37:24 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: lasereye

Strip away all of the analyses of this election and realize it boils down to this: the something for nothing crowd outnumbers the producers and achievers in this country. The gravy train is running with full steam ahead and right now there is nothing we can do to stop it.


17 posted on 11/09/2012 9:45:06 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: FlipWilson

Obama uses his race as a force field, people are afraid to criticize him out of fear of being labelled a racist.


18 posted on 11/09/2012 9:46:56 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: All

Let’s not forget that Obama has the lap-dog main stream media in his corner like no politician has ever had.

Stories like Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, don’t matter if the networks choose to pay little or no attention to it.

There were hardly any news stories about the number of dead soldiers in the Middle East, high gas pricess, etc.

Of courses, Romney’s tax returns were what everyone had to hear about for months on end.

I could go on and I’m sure the rest of you can.


19 posted on 11/09/2012 9:50:28 AM PST by PizzaTheHut
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community organizing ping, mobilize


20 posted on 11/09/2012 9:51:24 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (campaigning for local conservatives)
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To: lasereye

While America suffers, what’s Obammy doing?

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/11/09/obamas_asia_itinerary_revealed

Thursday, November 12: Alaska

President Obama departs Washington, DC and flies to Alaska, where he will speak to soldiers at Elmendorf Air Force Base. The schedule was changed to allow Obama to attend the memorial service at Fort Hood Texas on Tuesday. Leaving Alaska Thursday evening for Tokyo.

Friday, November 13: Tokyo

Obama arrives in Tokyo and holds a bilateral meeting with new prime minister Yukio Hatoyama at 7PM, followed by a joint press conference. He’ll be looking to build personal ties with the new leader, whose Democratic Party of Japan took power in a stunning August election. “This government is looking for a more equal relationship with the United States, we are prepared to move in that direction,” Bader said. Don’t expect any breakthroughs on the dispute over U.S. basing in Okinawa.

Saturday, November 14: Tokyo Day 2

Obama will give a speech at Suntory Hall at 10 AM, giving “his view of American engagement in Asia.” Then he will have an audience with the Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko. Leaving Saturday night for Singapore.

Sunday, November 15: Singapore

First, Obama will have a bilateral meeting with Singapore president Lee Hsien Loong, followed by the APEC summit leaders’ meeting. At 2PM, there will be a bilateral meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Later in the afternoon, Obama will have a multilateral meeting with all 10 leaders of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which will for the first time see American and Burmese leaders in the same room. “We’re not going to let the Burmese tail wag the ASEAN dog,” said Bader, saying that the previous policy of freezing out Burma has preventing U.S. interactions with ASEAN. Obama will also have a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Leaving Sunday evening for Shanghai.

Monday, November 16: Shanghai

Obama will start the day meeting with Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng. After that, he will have a dialogue with Chinese youth and then will travel to Beijing to have dinner with Chinese president Hu Jintao. “We’ve have a smooth transition in the U.S.-China relationship... the relationship is off to a good start,” said Bader. Issues that will get the most attention are North Korea, Iran, climate change, human rights, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. “Clean energy is something where we expect to have some accomplishments to show,” Bader said.

Obama will not stop by the sight of the Shanghai Expo 2010 and no comment on whether Obama will visit his half-brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo, who lives there.

Tuesday, November 17: Beijing

There will be a morning bilateral meeting with Hu, followed by a joint press conference. Then, Obama will tour Beijing hot spot before his state dinner. Obama will raise various human rights issues directly with Hu, Bader said, including Tibet, and that message was not undercut by Obama’s decision not to meet with the Dalai Lama in Washington last month. “The president has made it clear that he is ready to meet with the Dalai Lama in the future at the appropriate time,” Bader said.

Wednesday, November 18: Beijing Day 2:

Obama meets with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and do some more sightseeing. Also, “We do not expect that Beijing is going to produce a climate change agreement,” said Froman. That evening, Obama will leave for Seoul, South Korea.

Thursday, November 19: Seoul:

Obama will have a morning bilateral meeting with President Lee Myung-Bak, followed by a press conference. He will then visit U.S. troops in South Korea before heading back to the United States that evening. No real expectation on movement on the U.S-Korea Free Trade Agreement. “He has noted in the past that there are some outstanding issues... he is prepared to have that conversation with the Koreans,” said Froman.


21 posted on 11/09/2012 9:53:44 AM PST by patriot08
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To: lasereye
That is why 10 1/2 million did not vote for Obamay from four (4) years ago?

Delusional . . .

22 posted on 11/09/2012 10:00:27 AM PST by paratrooper82 (We have been deserted by this WH and left to fend for ourselves in Afghanistan! Both hands tied!)
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exactly...you dont have to be super organized to buy votes....from the usual crowds who you bought votes from four years ago...they are hooked on others productivity and obama promised to lay claim to it....

so they voted for him

freebies over freedom.


23 posted on 11/09/2012 10:02:02 AM PST by raygunfan
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To: campaignPete R-CT

lie, cheat , deceive, forge and do what is necessary to perpetrate the largest fraud on the American people ever!

The muslim now has a second term to complete his agenda of turning America into a turd world shitole.

Once you remove America from the global stage, security, peace, stability and success for all will disappear.

Rest assured, his islam will rush in to fill the void.


24 posted on 11/09/2012 10:25:42 AM PST by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: lasereye

Yes, it was brilliant of the Obama campaign to...

“The nominee is Mitt Romney.”

Sheer brilliance! I really have to hand it to Barack.


25 posted on 11/09/2012 10:27:41 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 47 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: lasereye

I’ll witness to the truth of this article. We lived in Lancaster PA and somehow the BO machine thought our daughter was one of theirs. THREE TIMES they can knocking on our door for her. We didn’t get a peep from Romney campaign.


26 posted on 11/09/2012 11:17:29 AM PST by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: lasereye
"I was signed up for the Obama campaign’s emails. They each began, “Keith.” I was signed up for the Romney campaign emails. They each began, “Friend.” I’m not any campaign’s friend. I am Keith.

Premise was interesting; shame doofus, er, KEITH, dumped himself out of the gate...

27 posted on 11/09/2012 11:50:16 AM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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To: lasereye

We still don’t know what Mitt’s politics are, or why he invested so many years of his life and 55 million dollars to become president.

We do know that Mitt is a political disaster, in 20 years of running for office, and breaking spending records in every race, Mitt has a single victory to his name.

Mitt served a single term as Governor, destroyed the state party, was forced to give up his hope of reelection, and left office with 34% approval, and turning the office over to the democrats ever since.

Without even looking into his long political history, didn’t his losing to the unfunded Huckabee and the old man McCain reveal how weak he is?


28 posted on 11/09/2012 12:29:22 PM PST by ansel12 (Todd Akin was NOT the tea party candidate, Sarah Steelman was, Brunner had tea party support also.)
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To: God luvs America

Indeed.

LLS


29 posted on 11/09/2012 1:14:13 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (I AM JOHN GALT)
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To: granada
Liberals have power propaganda machine, unions, community organizers.......

Where are our power propaganda machines, our community organizers ... ?

Hello!

30 posted on 11/09/2012 2:20:30 PM PST by superloser
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