Category: Elections

Day -8: The climate change election?

During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney mocked the idea of stopping sea-level rise. “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans — [bites lip and pauses for audience laughter(!)] — and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” For the Republicans, who had […]

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Day -14: Can social media really change votes?

Tonight I was honoured to give a guest lecturer at the Labor Guild School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts about the role of social media for unions. I’ve written a fair few blog posts (and an e-book) about how unions, political parties and causes can use social media for identifying, activating and motivating activists, delegates and […]

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The conduct of [a campaign] resembles the workings of an intricate machine with tremendous friction, so that combinations which are easily planned on paper can be executed only with great effort. Consequently the commander’s free will and intelligence find themselves hampered at every turn, and remarkable strength of mind and spirit are needed to overcome […]

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Day -32: The Etch-a-sketch debate

Last night’s debate was a remarkable illustration of Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch campaign. Romney, able now to directly address millions of Americans on the same stage with President Obama, was simply able to walk away from almost everything he has campaigned on for the past six years. It was ugly, frustrating and Romney has been able to do […]

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