Sneakers on the Ground

November 7th, 2012

Inspired by our now reelected President, his victory speech, and the volunteers. Go Super Six!

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.” – Sarah Palin in 2008
 
“They mistake action for progress. In every target state they have more staff and offices than we do, yet in every target state we are matching or exceeding them on voter contacts. We aren’t trying to lower the nation’s unemployment rate by hiring field staff. We choose to work smarter.” — Romney campaign political director Rich Beeson back in September
 
“The Romney campaign doesn’t do the ground game. They have essentially ceded that responsibility to the RNC. They understand this is our role.” – Republican National Convention political director Rick Wiley in October
 
“[I]t doesn’t matter how many offices you have, staff you hire, or ground game plans you have – you need a candidate who can tell the American people why things will be better, not worse, after four years of their leadership.” — Romney campaign political director Rich Beeson on Nov. 3
 
“If there’s a blowout election, the ground game is nice. But in a state-by-state close contest for electoral votes, where it’s deadlocked going in, if you know you expanded the electorate, and you know who those people are, and you have volunteers trained to turn them out — that’s what the ground game is engineered to do.” – Obama national field director Jeremy Bird
 
 “To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics — the best — the best ever. Some of you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning. But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together. And you will have the lifelong appreciation of a grateful president. Thank you for believing all the way — to every hill, to every valley. You lifted me up the whole day, and I will always be grateful for everything that you’ve done and all the incredible work that you’ve put in.” — President Obama election night victory speech

 

They mocked that he’d been a community organizer,

And after their 2008 loss were none the wiser.

 

In spite of the bad economy and their dirty cash,

The victory they expected turned to ash.

 

2012’s impact will for all future campaigns rebound:

The battle was won where it was fought–on the ground.

 

786 field offices and  8 million volunteers

Were worth far more than those “we built that” cheers.

 

Why did he win this most important of squeakers?

President Obama won because of sneakers.

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Here’s Sarah’s Sep. 2008 GOP Convention speech. The “community organizer” comment is at the 11”15 mark, but watch the whole speech anyway. It was a barn-burner.

 

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Here’s the President’s election night victory speech–even more of a barnburner.

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