New film: What the US Democrats and UK Tories have in common

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2006

Uploaded for your viewing pleasure: my reflections on the US mid-terms, drawing a few tentative parallels between the Dems and Tories.

If you don’t want to watch, or have a steam-powered Interweb connection, you can read what I’ve got to say here.

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I don’t agree that the Republicans have a GOTV strategy the Dems can only dream of. The Democrats have been significantly building their GOTV campaign over the past few years and shouldn’t now be at much of a disadvantage in this area. Today’s polls also show Republican voters less keen to turn out than Democrats.

by Will on November 5, 2006 at 8:59 pm. Reply #

Stephen, your mouth is too wet – I keep hearing you making strange noises.

by Richard Gadsden on November 5, 2006 at 10:11 pm. Reply #

Sorry Will, I’m with Stephen. You can’t beat someone with no-one. The GOP have motivated supporters like the Dems can only dream of.

by Jonathan on November 6, 2006 at 7:53 am. Reply #

Thanks, Richard – not too sure that’s ever been said to me before.

But you are right, and I apologise. Next time I’ll eat three cheese crackers without water beforehand.

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2006 at 11:24 pm. Reply #

Will – my understanding (which may be out-of-date) is that the Republicans’ GOTV strategy benefits from being centralised and professionalised, whereas the Dems have tended to rely on local efforts, and affilitated (but non-party) groups. Apparently this is changing, but the Dems are still playing catch-up.

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2006 at 11:28 pm. Reply #

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