Thursday, November 29, 2007

More on Obama's "Grassroots Tuesday"

The more I think about it, the more it appears Barack Obama is preparing for the possibility of a big showdown on Feb5. or "Tsunami Tuesday."

Obama is laying out the infrastructure to win using the grassroots approach reaching people with phone banks, canvassing, tabling, rallies, etc.

Obviously he still wants to do very well in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. He particularly is putting a lot of emphasis in Iowa.

But his 19 offices in Feb. 5 states as compared to five for Hillary Clinton indicate how serious a ground campaign he is planning.

For example, here in California, the Obama camp has divided the whole state into congressional districts with one committee for each district. This is not just for show. They've been holding meetings and arranging direct voter contact activities.

Now, even in the last general election for president, there wasn't this kind of organization for Kerry-Edwards.

Some people might think it a waste of money to attempt something on this scale. The common strategy would be to dump nearly all one's cash in the early states and then hope for the best.

That might not be the most effective way of leveraging Obama's grassroots support though. He has many young supporters who don't have much or anything monetary-wise to contribute campaign. They might be willing to volunteer, however, with their time and effort.

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