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BeyondGeography

(39,477 posts)
Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:39 AM Aug 2019

Voters wait for hours in Elizabeth Warren's 'selfie' line. Is her strategy working?

Only a handful of people might have been jealous of 16-year-old Nathan Hall’s spot at the back of 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren’s “selfie line” in Seattle on Sunday: the roughly 10 people waiting in line behind him, watching the thousands of fans who had secured sports ahead of them. But Wall, born and raised in Seattle, bounced from his left foot to his right with the excitement of someone about to meet a potential next president. “I think it's worth the wait,” he said.

...From start to finish, the "selfie line" took four hours. A few days earlier at her second-largest event -- a 12,000-person rally in St. Paul, Minnesota -- the "selfie line," misnamed because Warren staffers take the photos, took two hours and 20 minutes. A few days before that, a line after Warren's town hall in Los Angeles took three hours.

...Asked whether increasing crowd sizes might force changes to the "selfie line" strategy, a spokesperson for the Warren campaign declined to comment. For now, the candidate is staying committed to the time-consuming process, which she's told her staff and reporters that she finds "energizing."

...Wall, who described most Democrats as “really, really afraid to question Israel,” said he asked Warren if she planned to be as tough on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neyanyahu “in pressuring him to treat Palestinians like human beings” as she is day-to-day in her criticism of President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Her exact words, she said: 'Oh, god, yes.’ So, I was glad to get that answer from her,” Wall said afterward. “And it really was just awesome getting to meet her.”

...As he waited, a campaign volunteer on a microphone announced Warren had just hit her 50,000th photo of the campaign. For Wall, that showed a level of transparency. “She's not afraid to get out there and defend what she believes," he said, "and I think her supporters feel like they have a voice.”

More at https://www.google.com/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/voters-wait-hours-elizabeth-warrens-selfie-line-strategy/story%3fid=65251043

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Voters wait for hours in Elizabeth Warren's 'selfie' line. Is her strategy working? (Original Post) BeyondGeography Aug 2019 OP
Nathan Hall.....................you are spot on................. turbinetree Aug 2019 #1
She generates a lot of excitement, that's for sure. LincolnRossiter Aug 2019 #2
It's a brilliant strategy, because every last person who gets a photo with her MineralMan Aug 2019 #3
It also generates affinity... brooklynite Aug 2019 #5
GMTA! I was thinking the same thing...I think it's called "unearned media" in the most personal CTyankee Sep 2019 #8
One would hope someone was going down that line... brooklynite Aug 2019 #4
It Looks Like Elizabeth Warren Has Fun Being Enthusiatically Wonky TomCADem Aug 2019 #6
Warren has run a flawless campaign so far. comradebillyboy Aug 2019 #7
Time will tell loyalsister Sep 2019 #9
 

turbinetree

(24,827 posts)
1. Nathan Hall.....................you are spot on.................
Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:42 AM
Aug 2019

“She's not afraid to get out there and defend what she believes," he said, "and I think her supporters feel like they have a voice.”

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LincolnRossiter

(560 posts)
2. She generates a lot of excitement, that's for sure.
Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:17 PM
Aug 2019

And 2 hrs 20 minutes straight taking photos after already doing an event.

Damn. I don’t have that kind of endurance and I’m in my 30s.

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MineralMan

(146,531 posts)
3. It's a brilliant strategy, because every last person who gets a photo with her
Fri Aug 30, 2019, 01:47 PM
Aug 2019

shares it on all social media venues that person uses. There, it will be seen by everyone who follows that person on that venue.

The multiplication effect of that social media exposure is huge.

It's a simple, if time-consuming, thing to do, and Warren is very, very smart to use it. A photo posted by a person that is like that is seen as an endorsement by that person. It really can influence how people who see it will vote, because it gives Warren a boost for everyone who respects the other person in the photo.

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brooklynite

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5. It also generates affinity...
Fri Aug 30, 2019, 01:57 PM
Aug 2019

...since she's not running off to meet with someone else.

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CTyankee

(64,120 posts)
8. GMTA! I was thinking the same thing...I think it's called "unearned media" in the most personal
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:23 AM
Sep 2019

sense. I think it is genuine -- it backfires if it is faked. It establishes an immediate connection with the person she's interacting with.

It can't hurt...

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brooklynite

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4. One would hope someone was going down that line...
Fri Aug 30, 2019, 01:56 PM
Aug 2019

...checking to make sure they're registered to vote.

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TomCADem

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6. It Looks Like Elizabeth Warren Has Fun Being Enthusiatically Wonky
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 01:50 AM
Aug 2019

One think I like about Warren is that she is what she is. Happily wonky, if not nerdy at times, who eagerly wants to get her message across. It is easy to forget, but before she was a senator, she was a policy wonk on bankruptcy who was moved to write a bestselling book that really described the dilemma of the modern American middle class family.

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comradebillyboy

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7. Warren has run a flawless campaign so far.
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 01:53 AM
Aug 2019

It's easy to see why her standing is continuing to improve.

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loyalsister

(13,390 posts)
9. Time will tell
Mon Sep 2, 2019, 06:49 AM
Sep 2019

I am seeing a lot of them among friends. I think it's going to pay off if it convinces even a small number of people to pay attention to her campaign. It's a lot of exposure for a small investment.

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