The Corner

Re: It’s Not the Money You Raise, It’s What You Do With It

I still think the McCain campaign is doing shockingly well with fundraising and campaign organization given the circumstances, but a reader throws some cold water on this perception: 

I really found this post lacking specifics.  Based on the primaries, all evidence points to the Obama campaign being a well oiled machine.  They ran a bottom up campaign, with extremely well run field offices.  They also opened a staggering number of those field offices.   The wealth of information and direction they gave to volunteers was stunning, and allowed them to campaign effectively almost EVERYWHERE.  While I’m not a fan of how much $ is spent on ads, an enormous amount of  Obama’s  cash went to media buys and other tangible assets. Their outreach efforts to various communities and groups has been staggering.  If there are too many cooks in the Axelrod kitchen, I’ve seen no evidence of infighting, second guessing, or power grabs (see Clinton and McCain campaigns for examples of this).  This “bloated” staff also executed a cohesive strategy that dethroned a powerhouse political machine and one of the most presumptive nominees in modern history.

700  is a staggering number, but do we have evidence that the Obama camp doesn’t have a strategy in which this number of people aren’t being integrated into a general election strategy?  Evidence of redundancy?  How does this 700 breakdown (registration, website, press, field offices, etc).  Compared to previous general election campaigns, where is the Obama team putting resources that others haven’t? Until you supply this type of information (reporting) it is impossible to judge if they are bloated. Sans that info, I prefer to rely on the byproducts of the campaigns labor, and so far I’ve been impressed, as have a number of the GOP operatives who have publicy weighed in.

Meanwhile when I look at the McCain campaign I see holes. I see a campaign that has only managed to get 8% of GWB’s donors to give money to McCain. There are countless stories of how poor McCain’s outreach has been to Christian community. From the website to that green background, I see inexcusable production flaws.  Most fatally, I see a campaign that has failed to capture that which is John McCain — the energy, the toughness, the integrity.

While one team has created a brand that has been integrated into each aspect of the campaign, the other side has taken a candidate who had a well defined brand and turned him into John Kerry like mush.

Most Popular

Media

About That ‘Uncoverable’ Biden Story

Journalists claim they can’t cover the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop because the underlying evidence has yet to been verified. Also, they won’t look for any verifying evidence because there isn’t enough evidence. It’s quite the conundrum. Because other than the now-corroborated emails, ... Read More
Media

About That ‘Uncoverable’ Biden Story

Journalists claim they can’t cover the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop because the underlying evidence has yet to been verified. Also, they won’t look for any verifying evidence because there isn’t enough evidence. It’s quite the conundrum. Because other than the now-corroborated emails, ... Read More
Elections

Late Campaign Stops Don’t Seem to Do Much

Growing up in New Jersey, we called nights like tonight – where there were expectations for hooliganism -- vandalism, breaking windows, and perhaps even arson, “Mischief Night.” In Detroit, they called it “Devil’s Night.” In 2020, Americans just call it “Friday.” On the menu today: wondering ... Read More
Elections

Late Campaign Stops Don’t Seem to Do Much

Growing up in New Jersey, we called nights like tonight – where there were expectations for hooliganism -- vandalism, breaking windows, and perhaps even arson, “Mischief Night.” In Detroit, they called it “Devil’s Night.” In 2020, Americans just call it “Friday.” On the menu today: wondering ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More

Searching for a Sign

I’ve been waiting for almost six months to see a Biden-Harris yard sign in my neighborhood. Finally one -- just one -- appeared about two weeks ago. It is large and proud. The homeowners even equipped it with a spotlight, so that it is visible at night. I’m surprised, because liberal political yard signs ... Read More

Searching for a Sign

I’ve been waiting for almost six months to see a Biden-Harris yard sign in my neighborhood. Finally one -- just one -- appeared about two weeks ago. It is large and proud. The homeowners even equipped it with a spotlight, so that it is visible at night. I’m surprised, because liberal political yard signs ... Read More

Another Pollster Sees a Trump Win

The Trafalgar Group’s Robert Cahaly is an outlier among pollsters in that he thinks President Trump will carry Michigan, Pennsylvania, or both, and hence be reelected with roughly 280 electoral votes. (I explained his thinking here.) Last week another pollster, Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research, ... Read More

Another Pollster Sees a Trump Win

The Trafalgar Group’s Robert Cahaly is an outlier among pollsters in that he thinks President Trump will carry Michigan, Pennsylvania, or both, and hence be reelected with roughly 280 electoral votes. (I explained his thinking here.) Last week another pollster, Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research, ... Read More