Many people were surprised at Obama’s win on Election Day. There were so many reasons for him to lose — the terrible economy, Obamacare, the broken promises to the left, and much more, including what we thought was the apathy of his voters. Yes, many of his previous voters were apathetic or disillusioned. But his campaign found enough new voters to win, and got them to the polls.
Republicans thought they had a great strategy for getting out the vote, and towards the end there was a lot of enthusiasm at rallies — but they lost. I should say, We lost, since I’m a Republican.
So I’ve been trying to learn about how Obama did it. And since everyone likes to reveal unknown things, much information has been published in the last few weeks. I’m going to dig these up and pass them on here at Potomac Tea Party Report, where Ann has kindly taken me on as a co-blogger.
A word of introduction: I’m an old friend of Ann’s and we’ve done a lot of political work together. I used to write for her other blog, Refugee Resettlement Watch. I’ve volunteered for Republicans in local, state and national campaigns and I’m secretary of the Washington County Republican Club.
I call myself a conservative, and I’ve decided that despite my many complaints about the Republican Party, it is the best vehicle we have for advancing conservative policies and principles. I decided to learn and write about the Obama campaign because in many ways it is brilliant, far more brilliant than anything the Republicans did this year, or any year. So the Republicans should be dissecting it and analyzing it, copying and adapting its methods and coming up with new ones that will surpass what the Democrats have.
Notice I said it is brilliant, present tense. That’s because the Obama campaign has not ended. The mechanisms are still in place. At the moment he is emailing his minions telling them how to pressure Republicans to accept his disastrous proposals for supposedly averting the fiscal cliff. And the Obama people plan to continue the campaign throughout his term. Obama does not reason, he does not argue, he does not negotiate; he campaigns. So if Republicans are going to face a permanent campaign for the next four years, we’d better learn how to fight on that battlefield.