GOP Finally Getting Its Act Together
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This blog could also be titled: “Taking a page from the other guy’s playbook,” since that’s what the Republicans have finally decided to do. Back on November 20, 2012, I posted a blog titled: “"Long Live Big Brother," 2012-Style.” You can see it here:

In that blog, I quoted from a Washington Post article which outlined how the Democrats intended to continue to use and expand a sophisticated data mining and database operation which brought President Obama two electoral victories, in order to support Democratic Party candidates in future elections throughout the country. The article says in part:

“Democrats are now pressing to expand and redeploy the most sophisticated voter list in American political history, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come."

"The database consists of voting records and political donation histories bolstered by vast amounts of personal but publicly available consumer data, say campaign officials and others familiar with the operation, which was capable of recording hundreds of fields for each voter."

"Campaign workers added far more detail through a broad range of voter contacts — in person, on the phone, over e-mail or through visits to the campaign’s Web site. Those who used its Facebook app, for example, had their files updated with lists of their Facebook friends along with scores measuring the intensity of those relationships and whether they lived in swing states. If their last names seemed Hispanic, a key target group for the campaign, the database recorded that, too."

"To maintain their advantage, Democrats say they must guard against the propensity of political data to deteriorate in off years, when funding and attention dwindles, while navigating the inevitable intra-party squabbles over who gets access now that the unifying forces of a billion-dollar presidential campaign are gone."

“If this is all we do with this technology, I think it will be a wasted opportunity,” said Michael Slaby, the (Obama) campaign’s chief integration and innovation officer."

Slaby also admitted:

“If people (told) us they’re interested in cats, we probably took that down.””

Be it “Big Brother 2012” or “Big Brother 2014,” it appears that the GOP has learned from the past and has decided to employ the same tactics. Considering their target and timing, I predict SUCCESS. Here’s an extract from a story posted online yesterday and titled: “RNC building list of voters who lost insurance due to Obamacare”:

“Republican National Committee data operatives will build a list of the millions of Americans who have lost insurance policies due to Obamacare in order to help their candidates win over these voters at the ballot box in 2014 and 2016.

"Getting that information [on plan cancellations] and having good data as to who votes, who doesn't vote, voter registration, party affiliation, consumer characteristics, cross-referenced with that kind of information, I think, is important for us to have," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told the Washington Examiner after his CPAC panel presentation Saturday morning.

It's early in the process, though, because the cancellations are still taking place.

Priebus said the RNC's data goals won't be hindered by the leftward lean of many tech staffers. "We have not had a difficult time finding data scientists and software engineers," he said. "We've brought in some of the top engineers from LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Facebook that are working on these data projects that we have at the party."

The Obamacare plan cancellations stand to play a crucial role in this year's elections. In Colorado, for instance, almost 250,000 people have received cancellation notices, according to state government officials. One of those people is Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who recently decided to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall this November.”

For the entire article, see:

So while it may smack of Orwellian tactics, there’s also the maxim: “Turnabout is fair play.” In the case of the GOP, I guess it’s better late than never.

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JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 16:04 PM

Don't you have some chores to go finish?

sebekm commented on Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 16:04 PM

Nope. Done. And these are part of my CHORES - joyfully accepted and willingly accomplished.

The best is yet to come.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 16:16 PM

Go share that with Tot. He believes the END is near. Might cheer him up a little coming from his papa-bear.

On second thought, he may already has cheered himself up with some of that Colorado Gold. He is a Libertarian you know.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 16:21 PM

Me? I'm fixin to hit cocktail hour and finish watching more B-Ball. Wichita State looks for real. Virginia Cavs, however, don't.

Go back out side. I am sure you missed something. Fix it dammit!!

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

@SEBE. I tease you because I consider you my friend. Please notice, I treat TOT in an entirely different manner.

Now, go do some yard work dammit.

sebekm commented on Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 15:37 PM

I just came from doing some of the yard work we all DON'T like to do. It started at 3 a.m. this morning with the wifey interrupting a "sweet dream" with the news that water was gushing out of a hole in our front yard about 10 feet from the front door. (My wife is the night owl, and these kinds of occurrences usually happen on her "watch.")

Anyway - further investigation revealed that there was no gusher at about 1:30 a.m., so I guess we were fortunate to shut off the main before too much water headed down the street.

A call to OMI and to our friends at ABC PLUMBING got them both out here before 9 a.m. and the problem was completely fixed before 11. Amazing that we were only without water/normal toilet for about 8 hours. We've had it a lot worse in the past. But the OMI folks swapped out the shut-off valve (the handle busted when I was turning it off) and the ABC guy patched the PVC with speed and efficiency.

So that's my "yard work story" for today, and I'm sticking to it.

I know you are teasing, and we have been both somewhat "twitchy" lately. As I hope you know, I have created a mental block to not take things personally - especially since the Days of Armageddon between 2010 and 2012 with you know who.

I have this wish that despite our differences, we can ALL be friends. Is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make my wish come true?

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 17:55 PM

I like that 'flower child' wish of yours Sebe. I'm all for it. All of us being friends despite our differences."

Tot will even be in on this one and so will Funk and lholmes. We can arrange PERIODS of total peace of those in attendance. But it all comes down to: did you inhale or not??

I am not sure of another method....

We are talking laughing, cookies, mayonnaise, music, optional clothing(need some females for this), and good wine or beer. Euphoria GUARANTEED.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 16:35 PM

Sounds good to me.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Me too!

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 13:02 PM

You guys might need to take some of that back, being good conservatives and all. I just essentially described a Liberal, Quaalude, marijuana, music filled, chocolate chip eating, cold milk drinking, take your clothes off orgy back in the 70's at Georgia Southern. Not that it wasn't 'fun' at the time, I learned One Life Lesson: one does NOT have sex with ones friends.

So, I guess that what this all comes down to(for me anyway) is we take some prostitutes or anatomical inflatable female dolls with us on our trip.

If Tot comes with us, we may have to dig up a corpse for him.

sebekm commented on Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM

We assumed you were "just kidding" (about the corpse, too). As a wise man has often said on this here web site: one shouldn't take themselves too seriously.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 23:20 PM

That's what I was doing!

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 23:28 PM

Not... taking my self too seriously. You don't possibly think talking about a Quaalude, marijuana smoking, chocolate chip eating, milk drinking orgy is an example of me taking myself SERIOUSLY?!!

You been drinking that kool aid?

sebekm commented on Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 14:23 PM

Only YOUR Kool-Aid, Jimmy.

And speaking of the GOP getting its act together, here comes some more:

And this is a particularly interesting tidbit:

(If HRC doesn't run, the list of candidates on the Dem list makes the GOP probables look like FDRs and Ronald Reagans. So she HAS to run, doesn't she? - just so the GOP doesn't control both houses of Congress AND the White House, too.)

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