How to win elections
Simple: identify your supporters and turn them out to vote.
How: Everyone start making and keeping lists. All of the info you have needs to get noted. Barbie is pro-life, Ken supports Fred Thompson, etc. At the appropriate time, we can send Barbie a targeted pro-life message and, say, for example , if Fred Thompson should drop out, send a message to Ken then why Fred's supporters should take another look at the good doctor.
Watch the videos the official campaign produced featuring Tom Lizardo. Priceless. (see, I'm being complimentary, okay already?)
In fits and starts, the official campaign is working on something like this. That's fine. However, no national database is going to have as much local knowledge as all of us do. When the time comes, hopefully HQ's approach would be to incorporate rather than alienate. No matter what, OUR approach has to be to incorporate.
Circumstances are going to vary. We're going to need to help each other out here in ways we've not had to do before. No worries, you people continue to amaze me, we can do this.
Now, if your Meetup has "walking lists" of your precinct, excellent, you're half-way there. You may be able to get them cheaply from the state or county Board of Elections. If not, use "street lookup" online or something to make up your own to get you started. Canvass your neighborhood (precinct). Keep track of as much intel as possible. At the end of the day (this would be the day before the primary, etc., in you state), you'll appreciate it all, just trust me on this one, please.
For the techies and politicos (and wannabes) out there. Talk to each other. We have different strengths and weaknesses, but together we're unstoppable. We did this in DC with great success (fighting urge to type before HQ sabotaged it). A few of us early on met regularly, analyzed voter histories, registrations, etc. from 1996 to present, agreed on a turnout expectation and goal needed to win the DC primary.
Oh, go to the FEC site to get the donors--for ALL of the presidential candidates. You can search by zip. Add that intel to your list. DO NOT USE THAT INFO FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE: it is against the law (and rude)--and they seed the list with false names so that if you contact Ken and Barbie for money you go to jail.
Then, and I'm waiting for our techies to do this, formulate how many Paul votes are needed per precinct. This will NOT just be a simple average. Ideally, there will be someone, as this process evolves (quickly now, I hope) to take ownership of each precinct. More ideally, there will be grassroots volunteer ward chairman (township, whatever) who would be there not to "run" the precinct captains but to back them up with guidance, answers, encouragement, etc. This will help if we get intel from co-workers, church members, et al., that aren't part of your precinct.
[If you don't want to do it yourself by precinct, but just by church, family, classmates, sewing circle, fellow Amway distributors or whatever, fine, do it--but DO IT!]
Now, to bring it home, each of us will then have our numerical target in our geographical area for election day (whenever that is wherever you are). Ideally, by election day, you'll have identified your requisite target number of Paul supporters. Then turn them out to vote. I'm not going to actually urge you to bring them to the polls against their will, but you have your mission decide how best to carry it out.
Identify your supporters and turn them out to vote.
Ready, set, ...
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