As I wrote earlier, yesterday I attended a discussion with Kevin Lampe. Mr Lampe is a Democratic Party man, and was an important figure in the Obama campaigns for the State Senate of Illinois and for the U.S. Senate. He was also behind the scenes during Obama’s all important speech at the 2004 Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia.
Unsurprisingly he was optimistic, and felt fairly sure that Obama would win not only the nomination, but also the presidency. Some of his arguments, that McCain is too old and hot tempered, were not very convincing, while others were better. Overall, if his optimism is widely spread in the Democratic Party, that might spell trouble for them. The election will be close, and anyone assuming it will be a walk in the park is bound to lose.
He also talked a bit about the organisation of the campaign, and why Obama has been able to get a lot of people enthusiatic and willing to volunteer. It’s all about giving them something to do, even if it’s something simple. It is also about email. More than a decade after most people realised that emails were pretty convenient, the Democratic Party has figured out that it’s easier to send out a hundred emails than a hundred letters, asking for donations. The Republicans, apparently, haven’t gotten there yet. Indeed, with all these mass emails, the Obama people seem to have turned their campaign machine into a massive spammer.
In Lampe’s view the strong and enthusiastic organisation that they’ve built, will make the Democrats the majority party again for a long time. While I’m not convinced about that outcome, I do think there is something to that argument. Having a lot of people, especially young and more tech savvy ones, consistently willing to put in a lot of hours when there is an election to be won, is a huge advantage. The Republicans do need to improve in this area.