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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

It's The Ground Game, Stupid: Who's Got The Big "Mo?"

Here we go. Fourteen days and counting until the election, and we are in the ground game. Candidates are gearing up for the last couple of rounds in this election, volunteers and supporters are heading out to where they're needed (as we will be on Election Day), and the final contributions are being made.

Over at TKS on NRO the focus is on the get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts from both sides:

It's becoming clearer that the X factor in this year's election is the Republican get-out-the-vote effort. It's an open question of whether pollsters have taken it into account; clearly many of them didn't expect it in 2002 or 2004. The even larger question is, will it work this year, or are too many Republicans as frustrated as Bill Quick, determined to stay home to teach their leaders a lesson?

So I figure some of the hillion jillion bazillion TKS readers out there (okay, perhaps I made a rounding error) are involved in GOTV efforts in their neck of the woods. If any of you are, and can spare a moment to give me a report on the ground game, I'd appreciate it. I'm most interested in a sense of the reception that the GOP volunteers are getting from the voters they contact. Earlier today, Pollowitz
spotlighted a report suggesting that the Republican base was as motivated as the Democrats'. Interestingly, it appears the only group with a significant number of "not motivated at all" responses is independents.

And, of course, if you're involved with the Democrats' get-out-the-vote efforts, I'm interested in that, too.

The GOP GOTV campaign is always geared up and ready to go. And while I agree it is definitely the "X factor" in this election, and in recent ones, it comes down to a bit more than that. See, we still have a few that don't seem to understand, like Bill Quick mentioned above, that if we stay home, or vote for the other side, simply to punish the GOP it's the ultimate form of cutting-off-one's-nose-to-spite-their-face. To those people I have to question where they're coming from. This election has enormous implications if the GOP loses enough seats to swing power.

And we have come to the conclusion here at The Asylum that voters who choose to do that--and it is their choice--have put petty selfishness above what's necessary for the country. They have decided that their ax to grind is more important than making sure that we stay on task in the war, and in assuring this nation that we will be as safe as humanly possible.

And that's fine, if they'd like to act like Democrats. We choose to take a side, take a stand, and send the Democrats back to their little holes defeated once again. Let them go back under their rocks for another year-and-a-half. Let them seethe. Let them embrace their unhinged side so that America can see they've just plain lost it. Trust me; if the Democrats don't manage to retake both Houses, as the prognosticators continue to predict (inaccurately so, in our opinion), "unhinged" will reach new lows for these people.

The GOP's GOTV is always at the top of it's game. The Democrat's GOTV is a bit on the weak side this time around. The nutroots people are handling it, or are attempting to, and Lord only knows what these moonbats are telling voters to get them to stay on their side. In addition, we're wondering how many of their registered voters are even legal to vote, or breathing for that matter. Yeah, they're nasty swipes to take, but let's face facts here. The Democrats have gone to great lengths to hold onto their power in the past (like the Kennedy/Nixon election) so why would they stop now? They have their methods. We have ours.

And ours is well-coordinated, and it's already in gear. Last week, Hugh Hewitt toured the battleground states in this election, and stated clearly for his audience that the ground game has begun, and we are moving in force--as a cohesive unit. Meanwhile, on the portside of the aisle, cohesion is not one of the Democrat's strong suits. And after almost two years of disarray, they finally located a platform, and they're running with it.

The problem for them is that it doesn't really resonate with anyone. Stem-cell research? The Congress has already had this debate. Why don't they focus on national security? Well, they're saying they'd implement ALL of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations. Great. More bureaucracy, just what we need. We've implemented the necessary things already. It'd be nice of the GOP could finagle new border security measures, and revamp immigration practices. It'd be nice if we could finally crack open ANWaR. Heck, it'd be nice if we could nail down those little b*stards in Iraq once and for all. The GOP has run on a strong platform of national security while the Democrats have run away from it, and barely paid it lip service.

Fourteen days to go, and we're strolling through the park as if we have all the time in the world. It's the other side that's scrambling right now to save it's own skin. Recent polls show that we're closing the gap in a number of contentious races; many fall within the margin of error now. Thios is not the time to give up and go home.

Now is the time to send the message, loud and clear, that this nation stands behind the party that is serious about keeping us protected. And that side, folks, isn't the Democrats. Get-Out-The-Vote, or not, the Democrats will not prevail as predicted on 7 November.

Publius II


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um. Whistling past the graveyard.

Dems don't expect to take the Senate. That's never been a realistic expectation, and I don't think its terribly likely. We'll take three, maybe four seats. That's OK. I'll settle for that. As for the House, over forty seats (by the NRCC's) own admission are in play, and it seems difficult lining up a scenario where the Democrats don't take the fifteen required.

Indeed, the Republican GOTV is fearsome. But all they have left is the Republican base, while the independents have abandoned them. And, meanwhile, the scandals keep coming. In Arizona (AZ1)(you gonna vote for that real-state-scamming loser in your own backyard?), in Nevada (gubernatorial candidate accused of sexual assault LAST week and hring and hiding an illegal alien THIS week, pray tell what next week holds), it seems literally not two days can go by without yet another Republican mired in scandal. And it isn't going to stop.

You've been in power too long. It shows. You're corrupt, arrogant, and out of touch. Hats off to you. It took the Democrats forty years to get there. You managed it in 10 years. Either you're smarter than us and you manage the learning curve faster, or you're inherently more prone to corruption, sexual and financial.

I'ld still rather be in my shoes on November 7th than yours. There is no doubt who is going to be doing more losing. And lots of it. Couldn't happen to a nicer party.

Have fun! And as for me, pass the popcord!

8:36 AM  
Blogger Free Thinker said...

"voters who choose to do that--and it is their choice--have put petty selfishness above what's necessary for the country"

Putting petty selfishness above the security of our country is the basis of modern republicanism.

"I want to pay less taxes" is NOT a political philosophy, it's "put[ing] petty selfishness above what's necessary for the country"

8:52 AM  
Blogger Syd And Vaughn said...

Oh how we must love the moonbats ...

They crow that 7 November will bring a change within the Congress, yet they fail to note that many of the contentious races--Talent, Burns, Allen, and Steele--have all gained on their Democrat challengers.

Let's settle this: Do we believe that the Democrats will retake both Houses? No. Do we think this election will be close? Possibly. Are we deluding ourselves to the problems within the GOP? Absolutely not.

But the Democrats are deluding themselves. Jane Harman is under investigation by the FBI for her connection ot AIPAC, which did lobby Nancy Pelosi, on her behalf, for her to keep her co-chair seat.

William Jefferson is under investigation by the FBI for bribery.

Harry Reid acknowledged the commission of a crime by converting campaign dollars for personal use (18 Oct. 2006--AZ Republic)

Robert Menendez under investigation for corruption in NJ.

The elevated "Ccharges " against the GOP don't come close to equaling those that are facing the Democrats right now. Do we have a lot to clean up? Sure, but so do the Democrats.

The sole issue that separates the two parties this time around is national security. Newsweek's piece regarding what the Democrats will do IF they retake both Houses points out that the Democrats don't have a plan for Iraq, don't have a plan for national security, and don't have a plan to keep the wolves at bay.

That's what separates us. And as for the selfishness, I'm serious about that. What is bound to do more good? Getting upset at one party, and taking it out on them, or focusing that anger at specific candidates.

We tried it with Lincoln Chafee. He survived the primaries. Now, either we support him, or the other guy. I'm inclined to support the Democrat in that race because at least when he steps up to do his job, we know what he's about. He makes no attempt at obfuscation. Chafee, on the other hand, can't tell which way the wind is blowing on most days.

But for the moonbats to proclaim that we have the only problems, and deserve what we get, I say to you that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. The Democrats sold Joe Lieberman--the man who was their veep candidate in 2000--down the road in favor of an unhinged nutroots candidate, who has done what every other Democrat has done when he sees the polls not running his way. He moderates. It's the same problem the Democrats had with Lieberman. It's the same one they have with Hillary.

We'll see what happens on 7 November, but if I were you moonbats, I wouldn't crack the bubbly just yet.

Publius II

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've voted. I've fought to keep that right when the communists wanted to take it away. We are engaged in war not of our making. A Jihad was declared marking us for death. There's no negotiations with the killers. They want us dead. Our President elected to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. If not there, then here. To me, this is what this election is all about. We support our troops or cut and run. Cut and run isn't an option for these terrorist wills unleash their murdering ways on our streets. A vote for the democrats is a vote for the terrorists.

12:48 AM  

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