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Anticipating the video….

For someone who makes a living thinking about politics, I have to admit in having a sense of awe regarding the way the Obama campaign has been managed. While I have relatively strong partisan political views, my respect for strategically savvy political campaigning is not subject to any strong bias — despite very negative feelings about what Karl Rove accomplished, I remain awestruck by what he accomplished in 2004 through his narrowly targeted mobilization of the “base” (especially in Ohio) and 2000 (in strategic decisions that created Florida opportunity for Bush to steal the election).

But from all we know at the moment (and that is not as much as we hope to know in the future), the Obama campaign is likely to be seen as a perfect case study of how to win the presidency in this day and age.

Perhaps the icing on the cake will be the much-anticipated Wednesday night broadcast — no one seems to know what they have in store for us, but it is doubtful we are going to witness merely a talking head presentation. What is hinted at is a well-crafted presentation by a professional production staff, and there have been some examples — snippets, really –from time to time in the amazingly well done video streams coming from the campaign site.

Perhaps a good hint is a recent — and amazingly effective — 11-12 minute video the campaign put out aimed at the now infamous Florida Jewish vote. This was a tough nut to crack, but surveys seem to indicate that Obama’s support nationally among Jewish voters exceeds the numbers for Kerry in 2004. You have to understand just how deeply suspicious the pre-boomer Jewish community has been toward the African-American community to grasp the significance of this accomplishment — and the video gives some idea of how it is being done.

But more to the point, if the half-hour presentation on Wednesday night is half as effective, we might actually see that landslide that no one really wants to predict at the moment….

October 28th, 2008 Posted by | accountabilitybloke | no comments