Unconventional Wisdom: Democratic Primaries and Party Elections

Pro Tip for internal Democratic Party Elections and Primaries: Democrats are moved by positives, they are moved away by negatives. Make the case for you(r candidate) not the case against your opponent. Have a vision and understand the role of the office you are seeking. Sell it with narratives and forward looking ideas, not repeating […]

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Mario for FDP DNC Person

It’s unlikely anyone will ever mistake me for a traditionalist. I’ve decided to run for FDP DNC Person and hope to have your support. Below is my fairly non-traditional announcement. I started to think about this as I listened to the FDP Chair candidates on PNN being interviewed by the united clubs and caucuses. They […]

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Unconventional Wisdom: Hidden in attacks, You find why we lose so damn always.

Recently, I visualized the argument against a candidate for FDP chair in the following exchange: Insider_01: Hey, let’s attack that one candidate for chair as not capable because he lost his own campaign! Insider_02: Do any of the others have records of winning any races or running a similar organization? Insider_01: Of course not, but […]

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We are the ones; Now is the time; Before we blow it maybe we should understand it?

National Landscape Before we look at the state of the Florida Democratic Party, we should start with an understanding of the Democratic Party as it stands at the close of 2016. While much of the country, right and left, pundits, campaigners, donors, activists, and candidates point fingers in every direction and dissect every individual event […]

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Observations of the ¨Progressive Candidate-to-Freshman¨ Transition – aka an Opportunity for expanding Progressive Power (and the power of the CPC)

Since 2005 I’ve worked with dozens of Federal candidates/campaigns, some for a few days, some for a few weeks, some for a few months.  One of the things I do often is ascertain what expectations have been given to candidates and what assumptions they have about not just running, but what happens next. I’ve worked […]

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RootsCamp 2012 – Preview/Materials

I have two sessions proposed for RootsCamp 2012 at DC’s Washington Convention Center. Already scheduled for Saturday in Room 149B at 10:30 AM (first session) is: “Where are we & how do we fix it.  Auditing campaigns to right a sinking ship, even when already under water.” You can find the handout for this session […]

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inspiration

With the passing of Neil Armstrong this weekend, we lost an American hero.  His giant leap for man was an inspiration for mankind.  His courage inspired the nation to consider new possibilities. Just a few weeks ago, Sally Ride passed away.  She too was an inspiration for humankind.  The first woman in space, a hero […]

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We MUST do better.

An associate offering condolences for this past Tuesday’s election results offered the reminder that we need a Constitutional Amendment to fix campaign finance.  Amending the Constitution is the only certain means of leveling the playing field between self funders trying to buy seats, those willing to sell their values for special interest money and establishment […]

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Flashback: Four years ago

Four years ago (8/29/2008), I wrote the following as a reaction to the pick of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate: Following the premise of Head of State, McCain chooses Sarah Palin as his running mate, undercutting his own arguments for his own selection, but (possibly) opening new doors for the party’s future.

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