Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

We Can Question Obama AND Give Him a Chance

Here’s where I come down on this debate that the netroots seems to be embroiled in (“Give Him a Chance” vs. “We Can Question”). Let’s play a game first and then I’ll illustrate my point.

Imagine a world in which an in-coming Democratic President won a strong majority of the country’s votes in an electoral landslide.

Imagine that President planned to confront an economic crisis by launching a massive, jobs-producing, infrastructure investment program via DIRECT government spending.

Imagine that President planned to spend billions in building wind, solar, and alternative energy, and building out the crucial electrical grid.
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November 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 4 Comments

My Alma Mater Rejected Obama

Apparently it’s true: Swarthmore College, my alma mater, rejected Obama:

The admissions office may have to keep mum, but senior Joel Mittleman ’09 actually had the chance to personally confirm the rumor when Obama held an open town hall at Strath Haven High School during the Pennsylvania primaries. “I did ask Obama [whether it was true],” he says, “not during the actual question and answer, but as he was walking the line shaking hands afterwards.” Mittleman recalls the Senator laughing in response, asking him where he heard the information, and then saying “Yes, it’s true. It really broke my heart, actually.”

Alum Anne Kolker ’08, a former intern in the Senate office and Mittleman’s original source of the rumor, further confirmed the story: “Yes, the first thing President-elect Obama said to me was “Ah, Swarthmore, great school. They rejected me.” Thankfully, Kolker reports Obama held no grudge against her. Here’s hoping admissions doesn’t write off any other presidential hopefuls.

Too bad, would have made our reunion weekends more interesting.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 6 Comments

Obama’s First Weekly Radio/You Tube Address

November 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Secretary of State Clinton? Really?

Well, it is now confirmed by multiple reporting sources, so it must be true: the Obama camp is seriously considering Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State:

Putting Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton, in the position could help heal whatever lingering divisions remain in the Democratic Party after her bitter battle with Obama.

Lots of ways to interpret this, but I have to say I’m not an enormous fan of the idea. Here are the pros and cons as I see it:

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November 14, 2008 Posted by | Obama cabinet | , , | 6 Comments

Shocking Report on Transition Teams: Obama vs. McCain

I just read an important new report on the status of the presidential transition teams over at the Huffington Post.

In a nutshell: Obama has developed a complex, intricately run transition team to help prepare immediately the transition to the White House should he win the election, while McCain has…done virtually nothing, something which is unprecedented in modern presidential politics and is a perfect example of what we’ve known all along: Obama is the safe choice, McCain is the risky choice:

As the 2008 campaign nears its conclusion, the presidential transition efforts of the two major candidates have become a study in contrasts: Sen. Barack Obama has organized an elaborate well-staffed network to prepare for his possible ascension to the White House, while Sen. John McCain has all but put off such work until after the election.

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October 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments

Ole Miss: Debate Postponement Would Be “Devastating”

Why does McCain hate Mississippi?

A senior University of Mississippi official reacted Wednesday to the news that Sen. John McCain R-Ariz., wants to postpone Friday’s presidential debate, saying that such a move would be “devastating” for the university which has already invested millions in preparation for the debate.

Andrew Mullins, special assistant to university Chancellor Robert Khayat, told ABC News that the Ole Miss campus has been transformed to accommodate the candidates and the press. Road blocks are in place on campus and in the community and the debate set for the candidates has already been constructed. He said the university has spent roughly $5.5 million getting ready for the debate.

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Powerful Video: Israelis For Obama

As some of you may know, I’m a dual-citizen of both America and Israel, and proud of both of my countries, even if we do make mistakes. One of the more frustrating things about living in America is hearing the misperceptions about Israeli public opinion as if it isn’t as diverse and varied as opinion in America or many other Democracies. Most worrisome is the false notion that Israelis are uniformly supportive of McCain and not of Obama.

Well, I just saw this video and I have to saw I found it personally to be one of the most hopeful and inspiring videos I’ve ever seen. Perhaps I’m a sucker, but I couldn’t resist it. If any of you have any Jewish friends or family on the fence about this election, please forward this video on:

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 40 Comments

Heading to PA Tomorrow

For my first full day of canvassing/registering/whatever the Obama campaign wants me to be doing, etc.

I will have a report for the site upon return.

September 19, 2008 Posted by | Battleground States, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Today’s Most Helpful Blog Post…

…can be found here, from a phone-banker who spoke with 5 undecided voters.

In a nutshell, the diarist found:

1) People like Palin, attacking her gets ZERO votes.

2) People still hate the economy and Bush economic policies.

3) The focus on the economy, the tax policies of Obama, and the framing of real solutions helps change minds.

Check it out.

September 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama Pounces on McCain in NH: Enough is Enough!

Obama takes a tough tone on McCain today in his speech today in Dover, NH. And while I think Obama is still missing an overarching theme for what change means (more on that later), the good news is, he pounces hard on McCain:

The good news is that in 53 days, the name George Bush will not be on the ballot. But make no mistake: his policies will. A few weeks ago, John McCain said that the economy is “fundamentally strong,” and a few days later George Bush said the same thing. In fact, Senator McCain has said that we made “great progress economically” over the last eight years.

And here’s the thing. I think they truly believe it. After all, my opponent said just last night, “It’s easy for me to go to Washington and frankly, be somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have.” So from where he and George Bush sit, maybe they just can’t see. Maybe they are just that out of touch. But you know the truth, and so do I.

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September 12, 2008 Posted by | Battleground States, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment