Monday, July 18, 2005

Campaign for a National Majority

I went to an interesting presentation last night at the Cedar Door for the Campaign for a National Majority.

They have a long term strategy that meshes with the 'build the farm team' concept Dean has pushed. It is well documented that governors are the most likely candidates to become president, so CNM wants to work towards having as many strong Democratic governors as possible, so that we have lots of good presidential candidates and not just blowhards like Joe Biden.

Rather than focus on governor races, CNM wants to find lower level candidates that will be strong candidates for governor in the future. They have done extensive research into what offices produce strong candidates for governor, and are focusing on candidates for those offices. A little money goes a long way at this level, so there's a bang-for-the-buck aspect to the plan.

They have also done extensive research into traits of candidates that succeed in progressively higher races, and have prepared a model and an intensive vetting process to identify these candidates. They did a trial in 2004 on two candidates in longshot districts. Both won narrow victories, despite Bush winning in the same areas. In one location, Bush took 65% to Kerry's 35%, but the downrace Dem still won.

They are looking for two things - volunteers to help vet candidates and pledges to donate to the vetted candidates of your choosing. Money goes directly to candidates, never through CNM. They do not screen on issues beyond a core belief that 'The Democratic Party is the party of responsibility,' and they do no campaigning beyond fundraising. Think of them as investment analysts screening to find low-risk/high-gain choices to invest your Democratic donations. You still choose the ones that reflect your values, but your money is more likely to have long term gains.


Blogger LookinForward said...


I checked out the website, this is an excellent initiative. I love the pragmatism that is represented in their approach.

How did you find out about the meeting at the Cedar Door?

7:49 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

I think I saw it on BOR originally, or maybe Chris Bell's site. Bell spoke, but it was brief, not the full stump speech.

Check out the founders and advisory board. These are some solid folks with a very good methodology. Too soon to see how it works long term, but I signed up to vet.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Othniel said...

It really does sound good. I had some awareness of them before I became so focused on the Senate Race. If you signed up to "vet" does that mean you are an Aggie?

10:11 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

Well, I looked at all the money we spend on our old decrepit cat and figured being a vet would probably be pretty lucrative.

10:23 AM  

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