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Friday, April 18, 2008
A quick update from the campaign trail:

I love my candidate, G. He's a nice guy, works hard, and is very substantive. If he wins, he'll do a great job. Basically, he's earnest with a capitol E. But I'm coming to the realization that one of the chief virtues of a campaign manager is the ability to refrain from strangling one's candidate.

A list of his latest sins:

He hates fundraising. He won't make calls - just won't do it.

He wants to post comments on a local newspaper blog. He just can't seem to understand why this would be a bad idea.

He spends all of his time going door to door. This would be a good thing, except he won't work on press releases or make fundraising calls. Now what do you think will reach more people - knocking on their door or having them read about how wonderful you are in the paper?

He won't take days off, which means he's going to collapse 3 days before the primary in a heap. I'm going to have to take him door to door in a wheelbarrow or something.

Every time he goes to an event, he wants me to re-write his stump speech. Now the point of a stump speech is to have a well thought out basic statement that one can say over and over again so that a) the candidate can say it in their sleep, and b) the ideas will finally start to sink in. So what is the point in re-writing said speech? I can't seem to get him to understand that he can vary the delivery in front of new audiences, rather than changing the words.

I'm sure there are others, but you get the point. I hate to say it, but I was spoiled working in New York politics. Just spoiled. Waaaah.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 11:17 AM
  • Well, some of that stuff isn't necessarily bad.

    Blog comments aren't necessarily a great idea, but a candidate blog would help with net outreach, I'd think.

    Door to dooring is the highest-impact activity a candidate can do, and I always got the impression that press releases were more the job of the campaign than the candidate. It's not like reporters are that taken with press releases in the first place.

    (High-impact is probably more important in a primary anyway, since you have to motivate people to drag their carcasses to the polls in the first place, right?)

    And as for dialing-for-dollars... everybody hates that. Everybody. Clinton hated that, and he's ridiculously good at it. You're not wrong on that (ditto with the stump speeches) but it is understandable.

    In any case, good luck!

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 1:24 PM  
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