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  •  Revitalize grassroots party structures (2+ / 0-)
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    Not Dead Yet, Satya1

    In addition to the important ideas above about messaging, avoiding complacency, and managing expectations (including our own!), there is an institutional dimension that also needs attention.

    My strong recommendation to all OFA NTL's, team members, and volunteers would be to take this energy and reinvigorate the local Democratic Party structures.   Become precinct captains, database managers, issue coordinators, or any other job that you find congenial.   Or make one up if you don't see it.

    These structures, which often have significant privileges under state law in terms of access to voter information, poll presence, etc, can be the day-to-day foundation on which successful campaigns get built when election season comes around.   Precinct captains get to know their neighbors, know who's willing to volunteer, can organize social events to keep people in touch, and the precinct operations structure can convert into a campaign structure during the off years.

    I have the privilege of being part of such a structure in Arlington, VA and have no doubt that it is the strength of this day-to-day, year-in, year-out grassroots operation that keeps the victories coming - especially in the "off-years" without a charismatic Presidential candidate.  I would love to see such re-invigorated, progressive structures replicated across the country and across the state.  

    As Markos and Jerome also pointed out in their 2006 book, Crashing the Gate., such institutional bases are essential components of a multi-pronged strategy to support progressive candidates at local and state levels and to create a sustainable constituency for progressive policy positions.

    •  That's good (0+ / 0-)

      Fertilizing the grassroots...

      But it also seems the midterms get major dropoffs among certain demographics and that also needs to come into play.  More campus organizations?  I don't know...

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:25:27 AM PST

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