Friday’s News Links and General Repartee

Strolling down the politi-sphere today, I found some of these gems:

Governor Bobby Jindal already running for president by outlining ways to run for president in 2016.

Eugene Robinson from RCP finding the only time Newt Gingrinch has put on his “calm voice” while also making logical sense.

“I was wrong last week, as was virtually every major Republican analyst,” Gingrich said. “And so, you have to stop and say to yourself, ‘If I was that far off, what do I need to learn to better understand America?'”

A pretty good article on how Obama campaign manager Jim Messina used his $1 billion dollars and lots of data analysis to turn out voters for this year’s election. One interesting tidbit — using ipads to converse door to door just doesn’t work. You actually just have to converse.

Strategists for political campaigns will go to school on the Obama 2012 campaign the way they did the Obama 2008 effort. Messina warns against that. “I studied every campaign for the last 60 years, and the ones that tried to run a re-elect like the first one ended up losing.” His first piece of advice for his campaign was to learn the best lessons of 2008 and then forget 2008. “If we’d just slapped ‘Hope’ on a bumper sticker this time, it wouldn’t have worked.” Being so free to discard the past is not a common trait in political campaigns, which have a special place for wise old hands. “I think the days where you sit back in a back room and smoke cigars and say, ‘this is how you win Waukesha’—those days are over. I’ve been doing this 20 years, and a lot of what is in politics is sheer B.S. It’s people’s opinions giving answers to questions that are actually quantifiable.”

One should listen to Messina though, he has never lost a campaign that he’s managed.


And finally, CNN begins in earnest its coverage of “A search for ‘common ground’: ‘Fiscal cliff’ negotiations begin with a 1,000 word article which quotes Boehner, McConnell, Pelosi, Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Allyson Swartz (D-PA), and Ron Kind (D-WI) who all sound like they’re trying really, really hard.


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