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August 03, 2002

GOP Praises Gore 2000 Campaign

This article from US News details how the GOP has been studying the Gore campaign's turnout strategy in the election, which was a huge success-- one of the reasons Gore won the popular vote.

The reality is that the AFL-CIO and progressive groups like the NAACP have been shifting their focus from the "air war" of TV ads to on-the-ground turnout for a number of years. The Gore campaign learned those lessons and applied them.

It goes with what I've thought for a while- Gore ran a quite decent campaign. He is just a lousy candidate. If the Dems nominate any decent candidate (read not Gore) and wed it to the grassroots operations progressives have been perfecting over the last few years, the 2004 election should be a blowout for the Dems.

Posted by Nathan at August 3, 2002 03:28 PM

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The field operations of the NAACP (and African-American Democrats) and the AFL-CIO are the most underrated aspects of the 2000 campaign. If these two groups, along with enviromentalists and pro-choice groups, hadn't run such an effective ground campaign, Bush would have clobbered Gore. It wouldn't have even been close.

Posted by: Peter Handler at August 4, 2002 05:13 PM

I actually disagree with Peter viz. the popular vote -- what Gore and his allies did in response to the crossfire of Nader and the lying media was focus "like a LA-SER" on swing states, choosing (but for WVa) brilliantly. Such targeted campaign efforts (which I was a very tiny part of, busing down from NYC a couple of weekend to go door to door in Philly) probably meant no more than two million votes nationally, but were almost central to his victories in MI and PA and definitely decided Florida. . . . well, you know what I mean.

Posted by: Jeff at August 6, 2002 09:48 PM

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