It really doesn’t matter about that horse and pony show taking place over there in the GOP- the one with the flavor of the week. It is of no consequence who the once-Grand Old Party selects in Tampa in 2012. The game’s already over and President Obama will take the oath for his 2nd term in January 2013.
The right-wingers will piss and moan when the results come in on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2012. There will be no joy in right-wingville that night.Lots of groans and cursing will not change the outcome one iota.
Why am I so sure about this nearly a year out? Three things. First, look at the participants in the burlesque show. If that doesn’t spell GOP disaster then nothing else will. Second, the economy is on an up swing. Businesses are hiring and confidence in our economy is growing steadily. Third, and perhaps most importantly, the Obama campaign itself will shut out the GOP campaign.
About the third point: I was part of the 2008 campaign and watched its brilliance unfold. Three years later, it is even more-well organized and more connected. Just this evening my wife and I spent 2 hours at our first neighborhood organizing meeting. Yes already, 12 months from election day, neighborhood teams are forming and receiving instructions. Nineteen people attended tonight’s meeting ranging in age from 88 to 17, with a median age of 45. The outline for neighborhood teams was presented and the various jobs were described. Next Sunday, the phone banks are up and operating, collecting more people for each of the teams. Teams will be interfaced on the web, through social media, and through a newly created connector that was not described to us. The data that was collected in 2008 is already in the system and updated. It’s just a matter of plugging it in.
Beyond the phone banks, the door-to-door effort will be the key to success, and there are thousands of volunteers ready for their street assignments. It is an amazing package of organization and connectivity that the GOP can only sit back and watch unfold.
If you still like circus acts, then continue to follow the GOP race, but don’t sweat anything. Obama’s got it in the bag. And you heard it right here.
Play around with this electoral map for a while, selecting a category on the left and moving the slide to change the values. It is very revealing: