BIG GROVE TOWNSHIP, Iowa — The ambient temperature dipped below zero degrees overnight, signaling the arrival of the polar vortex. Soon it will be time to prune the apple trees — most likely next weekend.
I worked a door knocking shift for the Hillary Clinton campaign on Saturday. While a lot of people weren’t home, those who were are ready for the 2016 general election campaign.
It was unanimous the Democratic party must work together to elect the person nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention the week of July 25, 2016.
At three weeks until the Feb. 1 Iowa political caucuses the tenor of this year’s build up has been much different from past cycles.
One person professed to be in throes of existential questions about the future of our country. He was an outlier. Everyone else was confident about for whom they would caucus and why. My targeted walk list identified Hillary supporters and some Bernie leaners. To a person they recognized a need to prevent Republicans from winning the White House. I invited Hillary supporters to seek me out at the caucus, and encouraged the rest to participate and then unify behind our candidate for the fall campaign. It was a much easier sell than in previous cycles.
My interactions with campaign staff and volunteers for the three remaining Democratic campaigns has been professional at a much higher level than in previous cycles. Partly there is a professional class of political consultants, activists, fund raisers, corporate media correspondents, bloggers and supporters that has matured. These folks have stepped up their game with systematization of the process of identifying and building supporter networks. The rest of the change is that with money in politics, each of the campaigns has effectively reached out to voters, and mostly in a professional manner which is the result of specific training. This cycle’s presidential primary campaign has been like the roll out of a new project by a giant corporation, and that includes the Bernie Sanders campaign which eschews corporate influence. The end result has been a modern democratization of national politics.
With the increased use and maturity of social media in politics, I’m finding commonalities between people that no one specifically engineered or engendered but will influence the fall campaign and the next presidency. Much of what I’m seeing is good news for Democrats, and better news for our country.
I told the outlier he’d better stick with the Democrats if he wants any of his priorities to get worked on in Washington. He smiled at the prospect of that.