Friday, August 19, 2016
Let's Hear It For Calls And Canvassing
We cats are amused by all the commentary on Donald Drumpf's new "on message" self. Like that's the only thing he needs to fix.
Sure, any political campaigner worth his or her salt would say that Drumpf simply had to stop insulting Gold Star families and ginning up gun nuts to assassinate his opponent. And although he seems to have popped a few Xanax now, we can't help wondering how long this latest incarnation is going to last.
Meanwhile, the Trump operation is woefully, probably fatally, unprepared in the most important respect: GOTV — otherwise known as the ground game. As people we love and respect have pointed out, Team Trump has nothing: No state directors with experience, no field staff, no offices, no phone banks, no canvassers... zip. Because the candidate doesn't think that kind of stuff is important.
And he's just dead wrong about that. Even in the age of the interwebs and social media, it still takes human beings doing the grunt work to elect a President. We know this because, of course, Obama. And after she lost in 2008, Hillary Clinton — true to form, by the way — refused to pout and sulk, and instead dialed up people like David Plouffe and Jim Messina and asked, "What did I do wrong? How can I not make the same mistakes again?" And they told her.
Now, we're seeing the proof: With Robby Mook and a host of Obama veterans, Clinton 2016 is a formidable, smooth-running machine.
Which is a good thing. Do you know why? Because according to recent polls, we have a lot of voters to turn out this fall. We cats will be out there, ringing doorbells and making phone calls. After all, campaigns are still won the old-fashioned way. And Donald Trump, who doesn't know what he is doing, can't change that. We cats PURR.