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(Yahoo)   Republican IT gurus are hard at work trying to build their own version of the Obama campaign's Narwhal system and expect that by 2016 they should have the systems and technology in place to win the 2012 Presidential election   ( news.yahoo.com) divider line
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2013-07-29 12:50:27 PM  
4 votes:

Because People in power are Stupid: That read like an interview with an IT system salesman.

for good reason.  As near As I have been able to tell, a majority of core  the modern GOP these days consists of Angry, easily-riled "true believers" who are always ready to throw some of their dwindling piles of cash to support "The Cause"  and a cadre of slick, well-paid people who making thier livings exploiting the credulity of the former.

The number of direct-mail quasi-scams that raise money nationally for no-hope candidates running against famous hated Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, and then keep 90% of the Cash raised for "overhead and adminstrative exepnses"   or PACs run by formerly fampus GOP names like Sarah Palin or Linda Chavez that raise buckets of money and employ lots of relatives of the famous name but spend only 1-2% on political contributions, are regular features of the GOP these days and seem to have no real analogue on the left.   Mitt Romney ran into trouble last year when he realized these sorts of parasites had already bled dry many of the same people he was counting on cash from
2013-07-29 12:48:54 PM  
2 votes:
I will also say that Romney scared the piss out of any voter that wasn't freaky Christian or super rich. That really helped us get out the vote for Obama.
2013-07-29 01:56:21 PM  
1 vote:

Karac: You can shove a couple hundred volts worth of new technology through the republican platform, but it won't make that turd smell any better.

This electorate wouldn't "VOOM VOTE REPUBLICAN" if you ran 4 million volts through it! It's bleeding de-MISED! It's a stiff - bereft of life it rests in peace; if you hadn't passed voter ID laws and gerrymandered the House to oblivion, it'd be pushing up daisies!
2013-07-29 01:55:12 PM  
1 vote:
Hey, remember this gem of wisdom from Peggy Noonan?

The secret of Mr. Obama is that he isn't really very good at politics, and he isn't good at politics because he doesn't really get people. The other day a Republican political veteran forwarded me a hiring notice from the Obama 2012 campaign. It read like politics as done by Martians. The "Analytics Department" is looking for "predictive Modeling/Data Mining" specialists to join the campaign's "multi-disciplinary team of statisticians," which will use "predictive modeling" to anticipate the behavior of the electorate. "We will analyze millions of interactions a day, learning from terabytes of historical data, running thousands of experiments, to inform campaign strategy and critical decisions."

(Source is the Wall Street Journal, which Fark does not allow to be linked)

While the nerds may know how to gather and analyze the data, I am not convinced that the GOP leadership will be able to utilize it to its fullest potential.  They're like Bill O'Reilly, who doesn't get that the "Newsfax" sent to his home printer is not a fax.  ("It was easier to tell Bill we were faxing it to him than it was to explain that we were remotely printing it to his home printer.  This is actually a familiar pattern with Bill. It's often simpler to let him believe something erroneously than it is to correct him.")

"Those dhimmicrats think they're so smart because they can wwebsite as on the internet, but they don't know squat about the American people like I do.  The joke's on them because I can just hire some nerds of my own, set up my own campaign MySpace, pay for a few thousand Tweeter friends, and then where is their internet now?"
2013-07-29 01:37:55 PM  
1 vote:
FTFA:  " Obama's campaign deployed a sophisticated data-mining operation to reshape the electorate into a winning coalition of young people, women and minorities."

This is misleading.  I never got the impression that Narwhal targeted specific groups, just that it kept the campaign apprised of who hadn't voted yet & could alert that voter.  Plus, allow the campaign to direct boots on the ground.  Narwhal didn't "reshape the electorate".  Young people, women, and minorities were simply terrified of the prospect of Romney winning.
2013-07-29 01:36:03 PM  
1 vote:
This system will be the oppoisite of Narwahl.  Instead of working to figure out which of their voters won't turn out and getting them to the polls the republican system will try and identify democratic voters and help to institute blocks to those folks casting legitimate votes.
2013-07-29 01:12:08 PM  
1 vote:
This is a necessary step for them if they want to win, but it's far from sufficient.
2013-07-29 01:12:01 PM  
1 vote:

Klivian: Hey, GOP? You know what would be a good way to get more people to polls?

Early voting, vote by mail, not implementing voter ID laws

Oh... wait...

They do NOT want MORE people to vote, every study and poll bears out the truth that the higher the voter turn-out is, the more the electorate favors Democrats.  No what the GOP wants is to make sure only the RIGHT people vote, and this IT work goes hand in hand with their voter supression efforts in that sense
2013-07-29 01:08:54 PM  
1 vote:
Hey, GOP? You know what would be a good way to get more people to polls?

Early voting, vote by mail, not implementing voter ID laws

Oh... wait...
2013-07-29 01:05:41 PM  
1 vote:
Have the Republicans considered supporting policies which more people like?
2013-07-29 12:19:37 PM  
1 vote:

Magorn: Well now, maybe they could get themselves a mess of day laborers from down in front of the local 7-11 and put them into the jobs, You don't have to pay 'em hardly nothin' and those people know how to work hard ya know?

Maybe. But you'd need to make sure they can understand and read English, and keep up with the election officials.

Now, the average age of the election officials is hovering somewhere around 85, so that shouldnt' be a problem.

But you'd be surprised.
2013-07-29 12:08:45 PM  
1 vote:
This is an incredibly low tech operation.

You take your list of likely voters in each precinct and you put someone behind the registration desk. That person marks off each voter as they come in, and at certain points during the day, you call the people who haven't come in yet.

it's not hard to figure out. It's just labor intensive, and unfortunately for the GOP you have to put people who can have the physical stamina to sit behind a desk and the ability to hear the names as their called out.
2013-07-29 10:52:04 AM  
1 vote:
They'll still let ideology and what they want to be true override anything this system shows them.
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