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My campaign advice to Hillary Clinton

When Barbara Buono ran against Chris Christie for governor of New Jersey her campaign was slow to react to the negative onslaught that Christie had prepared. The moment she announced her running make, the Christie campaign had an immediate reply so that the very same news cycle would be filled not with why she's a good running-made but with Christie's attacks and the fact that the Buono campaign hasn't replied yet.

If you remember when Dukakis ran for president he refused to respond to any attacks on the theory that it just gives them credibility. As a result, he looked like an idiot. In this 24/7 news cycle, if you don't have an immediate response, cable TV news has 24 hours of nothing to say but to repeat the attack.

Four years after Dukakis, a Democratic candidate surprised the world by actually fighting back. He set up a "war room" and made sure that every attack was responded to immediately. They used a "flood the field" technique so that each attack received 100 responses. Did it work? Well, that candidate was your husband, Bill Clinton, and he won that election against all odds.

Eight years later Al Gore chose the Dukakis strategy. He didn't want to look unpresidential. As a result, one of the most honest men in politics was painted as a "compulsive liar" ("he claims the film Love Story was written about him! he says he invented the internet!"). He kind of won, but then lost at the supreme court because he figured, heck, if we are just honest the good and honest courts will follow the law and how could we possibly lose. Meanwhile Cheney right away saw that this would be won or lost in the media and nothing else mattered. If you recall, Al Gore did not become president.

Then John Kerry followed the Dukakis/Gore strategy and lost.

Then Obama used the "war room" strategy and won. Twice. He made an interesting change to the strategy... he was never the one to respond because he didn't want to look like "the angry black man". Instead he had legions of surrogates responding so he didn't have to.

So now it is your turn. Are you going to be the unprepared Barbara Buono or the well-prepared, Clinton-esque, ready-to-fight, go-getter?

Based on who you hired to run your earlier campaign, I have zero hope. You are surrounded by "yes men" and "yes women" that are in a bubble, confusing inevitability in the primary with inevitability in election. This isn't going to be an easy win. They have 20+ years of "attack research" sitting in a warehouse just waiting to be used. Just because they didn't get to use it in 2008, doesn't mean they don't still have it.

If I see Mark Penn on your campaign staff again, or any sign that there is no war room, or that the war room is fucked up, I swear I don't know what I'm gonna do.

Sincerely,
Pissedd that Christie is still my governor.

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GOProud gone

GOProud co-founder gives up, leaves Republican Party

If you recall, I used to always defend the Log Cabin, GOProud, and any other "change from within" organization. But that was a long time ago. For the last 10+ years I've said they should give up. I wish I had a list of people that, for the last 10 years, have told me how wrong I was to start dis'ing them, calling them out for their hypocrisy and saying that they'd fail, that they shouldn't waste their time, that they should join the Dems.

I wish I had a list of those people so I could send them this link.

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Austin Texas

I'll be in Austin Texas from Monday to Wednesday.

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LJ

I still read LJ about every 2-3 days. Really.

I just don't have much to say.

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A DevOps tool I've been working on: Look For's

As most folks know, most of the "tools" I create are mental models or processes. Here's one that I've been working on for a while. I finally got around to writing up a blog post about it:

http://everythingsysadmin.com/2013/09/devops-lookfors.html

Amplification would be appreciated. If you can retweet, favorite, repost it would be appreciated:

https://twitter.com/yesthattom/statuses/384703665946103808

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Who are all these people?

LJ has become enough of a wasteland that I only check it once a week. Today I realize that I know longer remember half the real names of the people I read.

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NJ Senate Primary

Here's the campaign messages I'm getting:

Holt: I'm a freakin' scientist! Vote for me! Aren't you sick of lawyers fucking things up? I was great in the house, now let me be great in the Senate!

Cory Booker: I cleaned up Newark... kind of... oh hell just vote for me because I'm so awesome on Twitter!

Pallone: FRANK LAUTENBURG FUCKING PROMISED ME HIS FUCKING SEAT BEFORE HE FUCKING DIED. HOW DARE THAT FUCKING CORY BOOKER ANNOUNCED HE WOULD RUN WITHOUT ASKING FRANK'S PERMISSION!??! FUCK HIM AND FUCK ANYONE THAT VOTES FOR HIM!

And then there's that other person that's running... but I haven't seen any campaign materials from her so I don't know what to say... I don't even know her name.


P.S. If you aren't sure, I'm voting for Rush Holt! FOR SCIENCE!!!

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Vote Rush Holt! Tue, Aug, 13!

Hey, my fellow NJ-ians! Would you like to finally have a senator that is a GEEK? That understands SCIENCE? That makes decisions based on SCIENCE?

I remember doing politics in Trenton years ago. Any time I met with a politician I had to explain basic facts. I was the expert trying to educate the powers that be... sometimes just explaining the terminology to get to the point where I can explain what my side of the issue is. It got old fast.

When I see RUSH HOLT speak about issues I care about (the climate crisis, social security, internet policy, etc.) he knows what the fuck he's talking about! It's so refreshing! It's like talking with your geeky progressive friend at a science fiction convention that reads the same blogs you do.

I know its august.... if you are on vacation get your ass to the polls anyway and vote.

I know he's number 2 in the polls. Not if we all SHOW UP!

Go to his website. Register. Donate. DO IT TODAY!

http://www.rushholt.com/

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http://www.rushholt.com/

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Tax the Rich: An animated fairy tale



Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org. © 2012 California Federation of Teachers

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