Some Republicans may be learning from past mistakes. The New York Times quoted Republican pollster Neil Newhouse as saying, “I’ve become a believer in what the Democrats can do in turning out the vote. Count me as converted.” But are top Republican strategists converted enough to realize that the hundreds of millions of big-donor dollars spent on pricey television ads during the last weeks of the campaign are wasted on those who already voted early? Those TV ads are very profitable for the strategists who collect commissions on the ads, but they are wasted on those who already voted.
In 2012, the Democrats had a first-rate computer program, plenty of technicians who had identified every potential Obama voter, and an army of people willing and ready to make up to 14 personal contacts urging those pre-identified voters to hurry up and vote for Obama. Republicans still have nothing remotely comparable to the political machine that twice elected Obama as President. The Democrats pile up votes through early voting, a superb ground game, and votes by non-citizens. It’s time for Republicans to wake up!
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