April 2, 2008


Obama readies plan to reshape the electorate (BEN SMITH, 4/2/08, Politico)

Even as he fends off Senator Hillary Clinton in the Democratic nomination contest, Senator Barack Obama is already turning his attention to the general election, and to an ambitious plan to reshape the American electorate in his favor.

Bringing new voters to the polls "is going to be a very big part of how we win," said Obama's deputy campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand, in an interview. "Barack's appeal to independent voters is also going to be key."

Hildebrand said the campaign is likely to turn its attention and the energy of its massive volunteer army this fall on registering African-American voters, and voters under 35 years old, in key states.

...is, by its very nature, a limited one. Strange what a thoroughly conventional race man he is at the end of the day.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 2, 2008 7:19 AM

In places like Philadelphia, the black turnout is already something like 110% of the population. How much higher do they think they can get this number up to?

Posted by: mike m at April 2, 2008 2:12 PM

You are misreading the article. The fervor of the volunteers will drive them into the all variety of neighborhoods to drive the votes.

He will have the money to REALLY work "retail" politics while McCain will likely be forced to rely on "ad buys". This will do little more than fatten the wallets of Dowd and Mehlman as they suck down commissions for insipid ads.

Much as I see your position on the "conventional" view of this campaign, the idea that this will be a cake walk is a dangerous one.

We'll be typing into our blogs, and we will get 10 knocks on our door from Obama campaign workers. If you have the money for the army, retail will beat wholesale every time.

They fund a ground game, we fund think tanks. We lose.

Posted by: Bruno at April 2, 2008 3:06 PM

I'll treat the army of "Obama campaign workers" the same way I treat the Jehovah's Witnesses and other door-to-door pests: EIther not open the door or waste all their time so they can't bother my neighbors.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 2, 2008 4:30 PM

If a black Republican were running for President, he/she almost assuredly would be completely unconcerned with racial politics. The jeers and bigotry in that case would be coming from the elites and the race hustlers in the black community itself.

Bruno - if 25% of Democratic voters aren't going to vote for Obama, I don't care how many bored college students they recruit, McCain will win in a walk. Walkin' around money won't help Obama outside of the normal locales. And the elite snob vote will find itself in the position Pauline Kael was in the morning after Nixon buried McGovern.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 3, 2008 6:57 AM