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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 09:54 PM
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Obama's speech will do what McCain can't
Edited on Mon Jul-07-08 09:56 PM by Kdillard
http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1043635,swe...


Here's my analysis of the campaign announcement Monday that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will accept the Democratic nomination in Denvers Invesco Field, a 75,000-seat outdoor stadium rather than the smaller indoor Pepsi Center where the rest of the Democratic convention will be held in August:

Obama will create a visual statement of being a leader of a movement that the McCain campaign cannot come close to replicating. I envision on the front pages of newspapers, covers of magazines, first screens on Web sites, a photo taken from a blimp of a full stadium with a circle over a tiny figure on a stage with the headline, The Next President?

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Obama to accept nomination at Mile High
This morning, I asked Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, who is a top adviser to presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), how they could top this sort of political psychological intimidation at their Minneapolis-Saint Paul convention this September. Fiorina, at a reporters breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, said she was not worried. I suggest she should be.

John McCain isnt going to go into a stadium and talk to 70,000 people. You all know that. It is not his personality, she said. Barack Obama and John McCain are very different people....There is no need for John McCain to try and be more like Barack Obama. In fact, I think that would be a disastrous mistake.... The one thing I know from my own experience in leading people, in communicating with people, is people do recognize and appreciate authenticity.

Is there a downside to Obama once again showing off his charismatic mega-drawing power, letting Republicans complain Obama is sizzle, not steak? Not really, because Obama has so many arrows in his organizational quiver. Obama will be running his national and Colorado campaigns on many levels at the same time. Invesco Field will be a spectacular example of Obamas macro-aspirational track. He will also have the resources to do shoe-leather grass-roots and net-roots organizing and loads of television ads. Which brings me to ...

Invesco Field will provide the Obama campaign a valuable data mining opportunity.

The Obama campaign is putting Colorado in play. President Bush beat Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) by only five points in 2004. By offering free admission to a historic event open to non-delegates, the Obama campaign will be able to require that people register for their tickets. That way, the campaign will capture names, addresses and other information from people to be used to contact them later. Oprah Winfrey drawing giant crowds stumping for Obama in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina earlier this year was to some seen as a great way for Obama to get publicity and reach out to female voters but Winfreys gigs were used as a data mining bonanza for the campaign
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 10:03 PM
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1. Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
because the board ousted her for gross incompetence

She is the one who engineered the takeover of Compaq to bolster HP's pc business, just as IBM was unloading its pc business to Lesotho

Yeah, she can advise McCain alright - on how to invade Cambodia, maybe.
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Tutonic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 11:43 PM
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11. My sides hurt from laughing! Is the AP dredging culverts now
to find warm bodies to support this old man? Carly said "The one thing I know from my own experience in leading people, in communicating with people, is people do recognize and appreciate authenticity.

She led people and a corporation right into a hornets nest and thats where the board threw her off. She obviously landed in a culvert. Met her before and from my vantage point, she is not the real deal.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 10:11 PM
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2. Here's the difference:
vs.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 10:18 PM
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4. Wow, that's a very stunning
aerial of Mile High Stadium.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 10:17 PM
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3. That's what all my friends and family have
said about accepting the nomination in Mile High Stadium..something along the lines of "Can you just hear the roar of the crowd when Obama and his VP candidate accept the nomination?"

The visual and audio will be priceless and hard for the m$$fm to hide.
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watrwefitinfor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 10:24 PM
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5. Exactly. He has found a way to overcome
the lack of coverage of the Dem convention.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 10:59 PM
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6. Totally...they always under report our's and
build up the repukes with their purple bandaids.
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elkston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 11:20 PM
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8. I love how she suggest Obama is a fraud somehow...
claiming that people recognize authenticity when they see it. We have grown so cynical, so distrusting, that we simply cannot deal with someone who really wants a chance to make positive changes.

He speaks directly about hope and your power to participate in governing and somehow that is a swindle job.

I'm really sick of the snide remarks and also the MSM trying to divide us by pointing out how he is "flip-flopping".

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 11:32 PM
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9. I haven't watched m$$m since
Edited on Mon Jul-07-08 11:33 PM by zidzi
Nov 6, 2002 when I saw how they directly influenced the Dem's Midterm loss due to their biased reporting.

They're all trying to beef up their bottom line and repelling viewers who are capable of critical thinking and who refused to be brainwashed.

Welcome to DU, elkston!
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 11:19 PM
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7. I hope he can have an election night acceptance speech at Soldier Field in Chicago
But we have to win first before I can allow myself to think about that.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-08 11:34 PM
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10. Does that seat
a lot of peeps?
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