Here’s the thing: by all accounts this presidential campaign is different. There are some campaigns who have a clue, and there are many that don’t. Kos does a great job today summing this up — “the top-bottom campaign structure is DEAD. Communicating via only press release is DEAD.”
Kos points to this NY Times article where several of the campaigns demonstrate their lack of a clue by marginalizing his supporters. (The Star Wars cantina quote and the “WTO protestors in turtle costumes” are my two, uh, favorites.)
Wouldn’t you love to be in on that strategy session?
*Candidate:* What’s going on with Dean?
*Consultant:* Nothing. It’s nothing to worry about.
*Candidate:* But there’s like 50,000 people who’ve signed up for him. 59,000 people donated to his campaign.
*Consultant:* Those aren’t real Democrats. They’re angry dorks. Ignore them.
*Candidate:* Ignore 59,000 potential voters?
*Consultant:* No, better yet: insult them. Maybe they’ll go away.
*Candidate:* If you say so…
So there you go: I’ll periodically post to this blog about The Clue Primary, and will provide a link on the right-hand side of the blog to posts in The Clue Primary. To rip off the Washington Post’s old tagline: If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.