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anaxarchos Donating Member (963 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-05 01:55 AM
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38. I can buy what both the NYT and ACT guys said...

In fact, it appears that both ground games were awsome (if uneven). I can also buy "the need to believe". It cuts both ways. The problem comes in when it closes our ears.

I live in Broward County, Fl. In all of recent history, Broward, Palm Beach, and Dade counties have been the engine of all statewide Democratic wins in Florida. These 3 counties are the most energized and produce by far the largest Democratic plurality.

In 2004, we out registered the Republicans by a factor of more than 4 to 1. The vote in Florida was 40% greater than in 2000. Statewide, the turnout was amazing and there were a million stories like the one you told (but typically about somewhere else... in Central Florida or in the North). But when the dust settled, it turned out that we "lost it" in South Florida. We had NOT been swamped in Orlando or somewhere else. In Broward, we had essentially the same plurality as in 2000 despite the increase in turnout.

Worse, Broward went from being one of the highest turnouts to one of the lowest. I've seen a LOT of campaigns in my time. I don't buy it.
There was PLENTY to criticize about the ground game. But, I just don't buy it.

I don't think that belief is "faith based"...

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