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  •  Software and organization helped Obama win, (11+ / 0-)

    but the key thing was that the Republicans had a crappy message and a crappy candidate.

    They also have a greed problem. In general, Democratic activists aren't in it to get rich. There aren't sugar daddies pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into left-wing think tanks, so it is a bad career choice if you are looking at the money. The big political money story this fall was the enormous amounts that were squandered by the right. They hire campaign staff for six-figure salaries who then porceed to spend like drunken sailors. Meanwhile the Democrats make do with volunteers, interns, and people crashing on living room floors. Those sorts will pinch a penny until it screams.

    I doubt that the Republicans would use open-source software. They are going to prefer an expensive clone with a slick interface sold by someone in a $2000 suit. The open source coders are all going to be working on Democratic campaigns.

    •  Especially since they would wish to keep their (2+ / 0-)
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      code private. So they can't really use open source.

      He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

      by Sophie Amrain on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:05:31 AM PST

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    •  What color is the sky in your world? (1+ / 0-)
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      There aren't sugar daddies pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into left-wing think tanks

      Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

      by SpamNunn on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:31:55 AM PST

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    •  and it's incompatible with Repub methods anyway (3+ / 0-)
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      This is all true. The Rs are only going to be interested in the methods, not the software itself, and that's mostly already been revealed by now. But even then, due to differences in their voting and funding bases the Repubs have a very different mechanism for running campaigns that is probably not going to be compatible with most of this software, including the much vaunted analytics.

      The way I see it, this software we're talking about is probably only going to be useful for Dems and their allies and it should be released ASAP so that it can be adapted for use in 2014.

      The same goes for the voter database that OFA seems to be keeping to itself. That is clearly proprietary info, but it really needs to be shared at least with the party so that GOTV efforts are as effective as possible in 2014.

      "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

      by quill on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:56:56 AM PST

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    •  "They also have a greed problem." (1+ / 0-)
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      Which is part and parcel of their management failure, and they did fail on management from A to Z. Any campaign that is as determined as they were to NOT LEARN from their early errors is destined to fail.

      •  Easier to steal elections. (1+ / 0-)
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        Than to run one ethically and democratically. The ReThugs already see that their way turns off American voters, so they're going to steal the elections and induce fascism in America while continuing to call it democracy.

        I swear, George Orwell's "1984" must be required reading for these pigs.  They're following it to the letter.

        "Washington, DC: Where Corruption is Rewarded, and Ethical Merit is DESPISED.

        by The Truth on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:26:33 PM PST

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