Idle Words—Portrait of a Campaign


71 bookmarks. First posted by amy 9 weeks ago.


With a month to go before the midterms, there are more than a dozen districts where a progressive woman is running for office as a first-time candidate against an absentee Republican incumbent, and has polling in hand showing her able to win outright if she can reach independent voters with a short statement along these lines: In Democratic primaries, you find people running campaigns who happen to be well connected because they went to an ivy league law school, or worked at a major nonprofit, or otherwise have strong ties in the corporate/philanthropy complex. While people don't understand the arcana of election law, they can recognize that the political incumbent class across both parties has become financially dependent on Wall Street, both while in office and after they depart for lucrative jobs in the private sector. The party's response to the emerging power of dark money donors like the Mercers and Koch brothers has been to try to cultivate a rival crop of billionaires on the left, not to reconsider its participation in a system of organized bribery that will always favor the right. In principle, the DCCC is supposed to recruit strong candidates, teach them the fundamentals of how to run a campaign, help them with field organizing, guide them to good outside specialists in polling, media production, and advertising, and help solicit donations and national support.
4 weeks ago by sechilds
Oct 6, 2018 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
6 weeks ago by peterwhelan
Oct 6, 2018 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
7 weeks ago by stevenbedrick
Great writeup of what organizing looks like on the ground as we head in to the midterms.
politics  election  usa  democrats 
8 weeks ago by waltz
. after months of tweets your article finally got me:
from twitter_favs
8 weeks ago by roens
donate a hell of a lot of money to thirteen such candidates
8 weeks ago by bde
RT : This bit on rural Internet access being a major issue rings true, in my experience.
from twitter
8 weeks ago by maciej
Idle Words—Portrait of a Campaign
from twitter_favs
8 weeks ago by dr3wster
Oct 10, 2018 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
8 weeks ago by AramZS
> While claiming to seek victory, the Democratic leadership has instead created a consulting and fundraising complex that incentivizes narrow defeat.

"There are three issues in particular that seem to get voters riled up at campaign events."

1. campaign finance reform
2. health care
3. internet access ("Like rural electricity, broadband is a basic need for a modern economy.")

> The DCCC has a fundamentally timid vision of how to win in rural places. Their ideal candidate doesn’t look like our progressive woman at all—he looks like the Marlboro Man. The ideal red-district candidate is a self-funding millionaire former prosecutor who is also a combat veteran, with a mildly ethnic background, unburdened by substantive policy positions, serious ideas, or a record.
politics  campaign-finance  democrat  great-slate  tech-workers 
8 weeks ago by tarakc02
Oct 10, 2016 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
8 weeks ago by ree
Second disclaimer: I am a political novice and don't know all the fancy things. But I do like structural thinking and have a functioning pair of eyes and ears. I spent the last year traveling and meeting many Democratic Congressional campaigns in red-leaning districts. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
8 weeks ago by rjp
Second disclaimer: I am a political novice and don't know all the fancy things. But I do like structural thinking and have a functioning pair of eyes and ears. I spent the last year traveling and meeting many Democratic Congressional campaigns in red-leaning districts. via Pocket
pocket  favorites 
8 weeks ago by bschlagel
TheStacksCat Daily: Idle Words—Portrait of a Campaign , see more
from twitter
8 weeks ago by LibrariesVal
Favorite tweet: Pinboard

I wrote an impassioned cri de nerd here about why we risk losing the midterms. I'll spruce it up with hyperlinks and pictures a little later. https://t.co/OViqW3u8Gs

— Dork Money Defeats Dark Money (@Pinboard) October 9, 2018

http://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/1049495854590189569
IFTTT  twitter  favorite 
8 weeks ago by tswaterman
Oct 10, 2016 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
8 weeks ago by artlung
Second disclaimer: I am a political novice and don't know all the fancy things. But I do like structural thinking and have a functioning pair of eyes and ears. I spent the last year traveling and meeting many Democratic Congressional campaigns in red-leaning districts.
Archive 
8 weeks ago by pesche
Oct 10, 2018 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
8 weeks ago by bhays
Maciej Cegłowski on the upcoming US midterms
election  politics  democrats  america 
8 weeks ago by jhealy
Oct 10, 2018 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
9 weeks ago by ashaw
4162 • First disclaimer: The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in similar circumstances in 2018. Second disclaimer: I am a political novice and don't know all the fancy things.
longread 
9 weeks ago by rosscatrow
do you recognise this? Portrait of a Campaign - Idle Words
from twitter
9 weeks ago by kevinmarks
Great Slate organizer talks about his view of Democrats and campaign finance
democrats  politics  campaignfinance  greatslate 
9 weeks ago by nelson
With a month to go before the midterms, there are more than a dozen districts where a progressive woman is running for office as a first-time candidate against an absentee Republican incumbent, and has polling in hand showing her able to win outright if she can reach independent voters with a short statement along these lines:
politics  election  democrats 
9 weeks ago by Jswindle
Idle Words—Portrait of a Campaign via Instapaper https://ift.tt/2QEoPAu
9 weeks ago by cgbrooke
Oct 10, 2016 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
9 weeks ago by yudha87
Oct 10, 2016 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
from instapaper
9 weeks ago by zota
Very early on, [the archetypal candidate in 2018] had to develop the two near-sociopathic skills required of a politician in 2018: the ability to repeatedly tell a truncated version of her life story with unaffected sincerity, and the ability to shake down a list of wealthy strangers on the phone for money.
taglater 
9 weeks ago by poppisima