Oy Vey, Unconventional, & We Added 1000 More
I pray this is not going to be just like 2010 when we watched Emmer’s campaign die the death of 1000 unforced errors coming out of the endorsement. Then again, I’m told the reason Kurt Bills won the endorsement is exactly what the GOP needs and is the future of the party.
I really REALLY want to be proven wrong. But I believe a hard contrast campaign tying Klobuchar to Obama’s failed policies is what needs to be done. Not this inward focused appealing (dare I say pandering) to the our traditional fringe and fickle voters approach.
If my radar is correct, these people being appealed to by this movie are the very same people who will be turned off by the marriage amendment. Bills’ out of the gate image and message is ‘he’s hip and a different kind of politician and not a stereotypical Republican who only cares about what you do in your bedroom’ so young people will consider voting for him, meanwhile holding the majorities in the Legislature depends, in large part, on traditional base turnout from the marriage amendment, which (we are told) will drive these people away from Republicans down ticket. (maybe these young staffers Osskopp is listening to are the ones who publicly oppose the Amendment)
Can someone explain this to me because it seems to me we may be hosed in 2012 by having a 2006 redo of Republican candidates running away from each other, not running together.
What is our message? What do we really stand for? Why should voters consider us? Is it our brand new 6400 word platform? (Yep added 1000 words according to the draft I’ve seen)
Case in point is the people who likely love this Bills movie who think John Kline is the devil. Which is only going to help Democrats spend more money trying to beat Kline and newsflash to the newbies, when a party spend money on a Congressional or Statewide candidate (voter ID, GOTV, ads, lit drops, etc) it helps that party’s down ticket candidates) It also doesn’t help that your statewide candidate is from Kline’s CD2 and Bills’ campaign manager used to work for Kline and has less than flattering things to say about Kline.
The Democrat run Morning Take says this “unconvential” approach is the only chance Bills has.
THURSDAYTAKE: In 2006, then U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy spent $9 million facing Sen. Amy Klobuchar for an open seat and lost by 23 points. Kennedy on paper was a stellar candidate, but it didn’t work. State Rep. Kurt Bills is down by 26 points and chances are he won’t have $9 million to face now incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Yesterday, Bills’ campaign faced an onslaught of negative Tweets and comments about sponsoring a short film in Minneapolis 48 hour Film Project. Consider it “trying something new”. Minnesota has a long tradition of not always electing the conventional candidate (Wellstone/Ventura/Franken). Bills campaign has to be unconventional, otherwise chances are they can spend less than $9 million and still lose by 20+ points. Here is the trailer WATCH: http://bit.ly/KXlwkC
When Democrat strategists and consultants are defending your Republican campaign….. That’s not a good sign of things to come.
If there is not a change in the Bills campaign manager, attitude, or strategy, Klobuchar may not have to even bother coming back from DC to campaign. We already know she will avoid debates like the plague, so head to head match ups like 2010, to use to chow contrast, are off the table.(Hope I didn’t break any hearts with that news) Every move is under the microscope, but more importantly, every single move and decision counts, and Bills needs much better people running his campaign.
Because if the top of the ticket for Republicans in Minnesota is seen as a joke, it does not help down ticket.
Let’s get this figured out folks. There is no room for on the job training, do overs, and whoopsies. This is big leagues. Clean it up or go find something more your speed, like soil and water commissioner.