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  •  Not So. (0+ / 0-)

    It starts with the money needed to mount effective GOTV efforts in minority communities. That's outside money (although much of the national D money comes from Texas). You can't do much without money in today's politics. The local parties get starved out when November rolls around. Our people stay home because they don't feel our urgency as a party. And it takes money to communicate this and get them to the polls.

    "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

    by chuco35 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 01:02:42 PM PDT

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    •  Well, TDP needs to raise money itself (1+ / 0-)
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      And people will not if they see no strategy.
      TDP has not had one -- hopefully, that will change with the new chair.

      Barack Obama for President '12

      by v2aggie2 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 02:14:17 PM PDT

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      •  The big bucks are with O, the dccc, the dnc, (0+ / 0-)

        the dscc, who have the pull. The tdp has no stroke with which to raise bucks.

        "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

        by chuco35 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 04:29:00 PM PDT

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        •  Perhaps (0+ / 0-)

          but a lack of strategy doesn't help, either.

          Barack Obama for President '12

          by v2aggie2 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 06:38:24 PM PDT

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          •  Strategy Is Easy (0+ / 0-)

            Hire good IT people, create great lists, and hire 50-100 people over 60-90 days to register Hispanics and GOTV in November  -- and do it in an efficient and effective way -- at least in my county. But where will we get the money to pay for this? We got it from the Carter campaign in 1976, and won with huge turnouts. But at the local level we have been abandoned by DC ever since.

            The governor's race is never held in presidential election years. If the national Ds want to take Texas they'll have to do it the old fashioned way -- pay to organize the campaigns at the local level.

            Again, not rocket science or an unknown. Indeed, it is done during D primaries.

            "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

            by chuco35 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 08:24:42 PM PDT

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            •  It is 2012, not 1976 (0+ / 0-)

              we have a state party that hasn't won a statewide race in 18 years.  There needs to be some accountability here in Texas before the national party will be interested in helping out.

              As for what needs to happen, organizing has to be a priority 24-7-365.  Right now, it is an afterthought and doesn't even get the attention it deserves in election years.

              Barack Obama for President '12

              by v2aggie2 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 09:00:38 PM PDT

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    •  This is what we did in Indiana in 2008 (0+ / 0-)

      Lots of the Democrats stayed home because the party before then was mostly nonexistent. The Democrats saw Obama campaigned there though so they decided to vote and Independents were swayed too because they were glad a candidate bothered to campaign there after they had not seen a candidate for a long time.

      For more election analysis and redistricting maps, check out my blog http://racesandredistricting.blogspot.com/ CA-2 (former CA-6) College in CA-37

      by Alibguy on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 09:45:40 PM PDT

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