Team O: No, really, it was all the president

posted at 6:09 pm on November 8, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

There are any number of conclusions to be drawn from the outcome of Tuesday’s election (and how!), but among the biggest discussion points of the last two days has been about the indisputable superiority of the Democratic ground game and campaign machinery. Says Peter Hamby at CNN:

Democrats showed decisively that their ground game — the combined effort to find, persuade and turn out voters — is devastatingly better than anything their rivals have to offer.

“When it comes to the use of voter data and analytics, the two sides appear to be as unmatched as they have ever been on a specific electioneering tactic in the modern campaign era,” Sasha Issenberg, a journalist and an expert in the science of campaigning, wrote just days before the election proved him right. “No party ever has ever had such a durable structural advantage over the other on polling, making television ads, or fundraising, for example.” …

Obama organizers, meanwhile, had been deeply embedded in small towns and big cities for years, focusing their persuasion efforts on person-to-person contact. …

Sources involved in the GOP turnout effort admitted they were badly outmatched in the field by an Obama get-out-the-vote operation that lived up to their immense hype…

Their GOTV efforts, communications, youth outreach, internal polling, everything — there’s no denying that it was a smart and stupendous effort, and it was a decisive factor that paid off for them. But, ever on-message, Team Obama would rather we interpret this as a mark of sweeping enthusiasm for President Obama’s policies rather than a victory of logistics, according to the NYT:

But less than 48 hours after Mr. Obama clinched re-election, his aides were becoming wary that the first draft of history on the campaign was turning into a story about how smart campaign tactics had delivered victory to an embattled president rather than one about how it was all due to the president himself and his policies.

So, for the last time, his campaign team held a conference call with reporters on Thursday afternoon to push back.

“We have a remarkable staff and campaign,’’ said David Plouffe, a senior adviser to the president. But, crediting the volunteer army that went to work on his behalf, Mr. Plouffe added, “the reason that those people got involved is because they believed in Barack Obama — it was a relationship between them and our candidate.”

Jim Messina also went on to argue that the results are a vindication of the president’s proposal to hike taxes on the wealthy as a means to reduce the deficit, etc. etc.  — and I get what they’re saying, of course. In a certain light they’re correct, but even the most spectacular product on earth has trouble gaining traction without marketing. The GOP has a number of issues to address, but it’s looking more and more like we didn’t do too well on turning out a chunk of our own voters, I am highly suspicious that, supposing that ground game between the two camps was a constant instead of a variable, the end result might’ve been very different.


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The Ron Paul Repubs (Libertarians) all sat this one out. Not sure if they make up 3 million peeps registered as Republican or not, but they are proud that they did not vote because their cult leader…err, Dr. Paul wasn’t on the ticket. They kept telling me Romney and Obama are the same, and they want the country to collapse so their is revolution since people won’t see things their way.

You also have to consider the religous bigots and Romney haters in the party.

The Democrats have gone full tribal. There are no divisions. They are basically sharing a brain. They support whatever mope is put out there and worship them.

Republicans are more splintered. Too much infighting. No one is ever pure enough to pass the test to make everyone happy. And so you have what just happened. They beat the hell out of each other in the primaries, and do the dirty work of the Dems for them. You saw it with Gingrich and Santorum spewing leftist talking points against Romney.

Not sure how they are going to bring everyone together and open their arms to Hispanics, single women and da Yutes.

Rockshine on November 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Our party is going to have to go “dumb” in order to win.

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:04 PM

HAL is offering lessons.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Not necessarily, gg. We had 3 million of our voters from 2008 stay at home or vote L, and they had about 9 million of there’s do so. We just didn’t turn out that vote and, actually, should have, plus turned out about 3 million more. A lot of our vote didn’t show because they felt Romney not conservative enough. Had we gotten them to the polls, Romney would’ve won by a landslide.

TXUS on November 8, 2012 at 7:11 PM

That’s very true.

So Texas question for you – yeah or nay on Galveston? Trying to pinpoint some areas for possible “relocation”

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

HAL is offering lessons.

Bishop on November 8, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I said “dumb” not idiotically stupid.

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Its a mandate. Everyone email your GOP House congressman if you have one, or Boehner himself as I did, and ask they pass without any resistance whatever Obama proposes, from carbon taxes, to cap and trade, to EPA regs, to whatever.

Let it burn. Keyser Soze.

Ca97 on November 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Boehner won’t need any encouragement. He’s all bark and no bite. During the campaign, you couldn’t get him or McConnell out from under their desks; now that B.O. has been declared the winner he’s everywhere, LOL Oh, you can include that backstabber Eric Cantor also.

bluefox on November 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

GG I know I was not asked, but nay on Galveston. I am quite sure you would not like it.

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

GG I know I was not asked, but nay on Galveston. I am quite sure you would not like it.

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Really? Ah shoot that was looking promising.

How about Houston or Dallas?

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

BTW Texas would welcome you and there are plenty beautiful areas of the state that the economy is doing fine (for now).

HoustonRight on November 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Just wondering– Has hotair become some sort of fair and balanced website? It seems like it is saturated with trolls.

mobydutch on November 8, 2012 at 6:57 PM

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FlatFoot on November 8, 2012 at 7:23 PM

How can there be riots when unemployment drops below 4%? Look I know a lot of non college educated conservatives ( 90% of conservatives) lost their jobs as a result of the fraud college educated conservatives bestowed on this country.

It may not seem like it now but trust me, Obama’s Keynesian economics policies is fixing it. You all will be begging for another Obama term in 2016.

HotAirLib on November 8, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I donated. I voted. I helped get out the vote.

#TeamObama

Politricks on November 8, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Elections have consequences.

Voters get the government they deserve.

Obama promised unemployment would drop to 5.2% by the end of his first term. It’s at least 7.9%.

He has no identifiable policies that will reduce unemployment and many that will increase it-Obamacare, EPA regulations, etc.etc.

I’m hope you’re looking forward to 10% unemployment for a long, long time, because that’s what Obama’s going to get you unless he changes his ways.

talkingpoints on November 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Its a mandate. Everyone email your GOP House congressman if you have one, or Boehner himself as I did, and ask they pass without any resistance whatever Obama proposes, from carbon taxes, to cap and trade, to EPA regs, to whatever.

Let it burn. Keyser Soze.

Ca97 on November 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

They should vote “Present” in homage to his mightiness. Own it, Obama!

talkingpoints on November 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

When you can lie…. with the media is on your side, you win! One thing for sure,AxelGrease an Cutter are the two biggest liars on earth! Romney is a felon, he killed union members wives, he cheats,he steals,he hates women, he is going to take all your freebies away……… He will control every American vagina…. geez it was ad nauseum…

One more thing… it was George at ABC that introduced us to the contraception game. See the media set the meme, AxelWad and Gutter would rinse and repeat…..

It worked well for them……

Atlanta Media Guy on November 8, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I wish I had a dime
For all the bad times
But the bad times
Always keep the change

– Lyle Lovett

TXUS on November 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Yep. Lyle is one of my favorite singers. He, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings were on Austin City Limits and it was awesome!!

bluefox on November 8, 2012 at 7:32 PM

So Texas question for you – yeah or nay on Galveston? Trying to pinpoint some areas for possible “relocation”

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Galveston was my first choice until I did Red Cross duty after Katrina. Coastal living is a roll of the dice. See: 2008–Galveston, Hurricane Ike.

O_o

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Early voting just increases the ability for frauds to take place. My FIRST thought after the results was that there must be fraud. Philly is firsin line. Is there nothing we can do??

congma on November 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Fraud was my first thot about 9:30-10:30PM Tuesday night. And after reading many websites, S.O.S sites, my opinion has gotten stronger.

Nothing else makes sense. It wasn’t only the Presidential Race, but Senate races in various States and Secretary of States. Too many races turned Democrat.

bluefox on November 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Galveston was my first choice until I did Red Cross duty after Katrina. Coastal living is a roll of the dice. See: 2008–Galveston, Hurricane Ike.

O_o

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Thanks for the tip. That was in the back of my mind.

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM

How about Houston or Dallas?

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Houston is a huge city, almost a Country. Good areas and bad. Freeways are a way of life. Here is a site you may like. You can choose any City and each one has a Forum. You can register and ask questions and other users are helpful on locations, rentals, etc.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/#u-s-forums

bluefox on November 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I think I remember you saying you’re a city girl, so if you can ignore Mayor Castro and his twin–the rare “blues” in this red state, look into San Antonio. Tour boats, restaurants, and shopping along Riverwalk, Sea World, zoo, Six Flags amusement park, and music to suit every taste.

*commercial over*

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 8, 2012 at 7:52 PM

bluefox on November 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 8, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Thanks so much for the advice.

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM

That’s very true.

So Texas question for you – yeah or nay on Galveston? Trying to pinpoint some areas for possible “relocation”

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Sorry, just came back to this thread and saw your question. Galveston is blue, like Houston proper, so you may want to avoid. But, if you want to be near the beach and with a pretty solid red group, you might consider the Rockport area, small towns but close enough to Corpus Christi to commute to a job.

If you want to go more urban, or ex-urban, North Harris County (Spring or The Woodlands) and the counties north, west, or southwest of Houston — Montgomery, Waller, or Ft. Bend — are red and there are plenty of places to find work there without commuting in and out of Houston, something to avoid for sure, unless you have a helicopter and landing pad.

Hope this helps, but let me know if you’d like more specific info, which could be done through another medium.

TXUS on November 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Hope this helps, but let me know if you’d like more specific info, which could be done through another medium.

TXUS on November 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Thanks – that helps a ton.

I will probably take you up on the offer of more info once I get closer to hopefully making a move.

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

gophergirl on November 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

If you do decide to make a move, I’ll guarantee you that Texas will welcome you and you’ll be happy here. We can’t have enough patriots in this big land of ours.

TXUS on November 8, 2012 at 10:37 PM

No, really, it WAS all the president —

who, as Rush says, has been playing Santa Claus for the past four years …
with our money.

THAT is hard to beat, and will be almost impossible to beat, no matter
what any other candidate says or does.

That Ohio woman with her Obamaphone was just the tip of the iceberg.

marybel on November 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM

It was all about enough rotten people still dragging themselves out to vote, and too many good people being, apparently, underwhelmed by Mitt and taken with themselves.

JKahn913 on November 9, 2012 at 12:21 AM

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