Mitt Romney did a great job pretending to be empathetic at the first Presidential debate on Wednesday night, what with the stories about voters coming up to him and telling him sad things. His empathy program sure got an update in time. Well, there's about a month left in the election and I figured Mitt would need some help conjuring up some more empathetic stories of voters for the debate. If necessary, he can come here and get a couple to use for later.
In 1963, he went south to join the civil rights movement. One day, while registering voters in Tallulah, Louisiana, a gang of shotgun-toting segregationists attacked him. The beating cost him a kidney.
Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta "rage" in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions.
Chris Piascik sums it up pretty good.
Maybe Paul Ryan should get with Megadeth instead.
â€”to Margarey Egan of the Boston Herald, on some hundred occasions.
Via Andrew Sullivan
I understand, you have to spend money to make money. But you can't keep spending money the way it's always worked when there are new options on the table. This reminds me of one difference in Republican and Democrat fundraising. The Democratic fundraising crushed Republican fund raising this cycle and one cause was the HUGE advantage Democrats had in online fundraising. This, while Republicans still depended primarily on direct mail fundraising. I think the disparity in expenses is something like 30%-60% for direct mail to practically zero for online, further expanding the fundraising lead.
Non-profits should step up their game and start focusing their fundraising operations online. This will allow them to to optimize their fundraising to the people who are going to be giving more as opposed to those that are, you know, dying.
On November 4, when Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election I was searching for a similar sort of catharsis. Not so much because of Obama winning (which was nice) but because the election had been building as an event for almost 3 years â€“ from the speculation of who would run, to the announcements, to the campaigns, to the primaries, to the general, and finally, November 4th came and went. I thought maybe Iâ€™ll collect a few thoughts from friends, or collect all the Facebook status messages, or collect a few links that helped tell the story. As I thought about it, I decided I wouldnâ€™t be able to do what I wanted without going overboard. And I wonâ€™t lie, despite my attempts at making this document impartial, thereâ€™s no way it could have been. And though Iâ€™ve tried to make its focus 11/4, Election Day, there were certain events from the campaign that creeped in.
I wanted to create something to look at a couple years from now to remember the election and hopefully present a good representation of what both sides of America were feeling on that day as evidenced by the response in the press and on the blogs. I didnâ€™t capture everything, though Iâ€™ve certainly tried. I want to consume all of this information, have it put on a microchip in my brain. Until thatâ€™s possible, I just read a lot. I donâ€™t know how many of these links will work in a year or 5 years, (when this doc might be helpful to show younger people who may not have ever remembered having a president who isnâ€™t black), but hereâ€™s what Iâ€™ve got. At the bottom is a list of all the sites I used and the domains that helped.
This is a LONG post, when you get bored, bookmark it so you can come back later. There are several different sections. If you want to skip around, you can use the Contents Section below.
Celebrate! - A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! - A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers - 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling - Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions - Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won - Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost - Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice - There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race - Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business - What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media - Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor - Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous - Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends - Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours - Just what it says.
Via - Hereâ€™s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together â€“ the sources.
â€œIf there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.â€