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Friday, January 15, 2016

Trump's ground game



From comments yesterday, this gem:
Re: The Ground Game in Iowa.
One of Donald Trump's strengths is that he has leveraged his presence on social media to get his message out. I wonder if he is using that to take the place of going door-to-door in Iowa? This isn't a city council race, after all.
-Mikey NTH
Wow. That is terrific, a better insight than Chuck Todd, Nate Silver, and Megyn Kelly have had -- combined -- this election cycle.

Trump's ground game is Twitter. He does it better than anyone else in politics. He has 5.68 million followers. Given that almost half of them are people who want to see him boiled in oil, that means he is reaching 3 million supporters 24/7. That is a pretty darned good ground game. One tweet and you reach up to 3 million supporters. Trump uses Twitter not as an abstract tool to promote rallies, but as a way to talk to people. Other politicians hire someone to run their Twitter account and think nothing more about it. The Donald probably has someone doing the same, but Trump also tweets. He studied the animal. He knows what it is and how it works. It is a near-perfect medium for him.

Now your average presidential candidate -- John Kasich -- does stuff like this:
And:
He has 149,000 followers. Kasich is 5.5 million followers behind Trump. It is not celebrity at work here, but rather competence.

Trump does the robo-candidate junk Kasich does, sure. But Trump also tweets like a normal person (well, as close to normal as he will ever get):




Trump is getting his message out by having a message.

He is changing the rules. His ground game is the Internet. We shall see how that works in Iowa, shan't we?

In the meantime, follow me on Twitter. I'm almost like The Donald.

18 comments:

  1. I wish you had used Rand. I don't hate him at all, but he's atrocious at this. His feed is basically:
    "Come on bro give me 5 bucks I just need 5 bucks"

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  2. The only voice the counts is Trump. Uber competent. Ain't seen that in a loooong time. You see, a RINO mangina just ain't gonna cut it.

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  3. Any idea how many Iowans read his Tweets?

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  4. Sorry, I didn't see the word "many" in Sam L's comment. I thought it was "How do Iowans read his tweets?" implying they don't know how to get online.

    I offered what I thought a funny reply along the lines of artificial turf and Hawkeye cheerleaders grazing at halftime.

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  5. Trump has been Democrat most if his life. He had opposite positions on most issues as recently as two years ago. He will have opposite ones again two years from now, win, lose, or draw. I don't believe a word he says. He is no more a conservative than he is a fairy princess.
    Where do you see a program in those tweets? They are just Trump's usual insults. There is not one idea expressed there.

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    1. Seems like Trump was a Republican in 1988 when he supported Bush.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usb0iE5WiZI

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    2. Trump is a life long Republican in a LIBERAL NYC and environment. He is going to be our next President and he is going to be GREAT.

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  6. Trumps tweets look like he writes them instead of delegating it to a volunteer. That stands out as genuine and means he can give them teeth.

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  7. Here's a great article by Mark Steyn about a Trump rally he attended:

    http://www.steynonline.com/7408/notes-on-a-phenomenon

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  8. Trump flies into mega-rallies but won't do the footwork.

    I like the guy, but he would demean the dignity of the position.

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    1. i think your point is potentially true. not sure, maybe he will really go for it.

      but demeaning the dignity? come on, whatever you say about donald you can't say he doesn't like the united states. he'd be a huge step up over our apologist-in-chief

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    2. I don't think you have a clue what Trump is, or isn't doing. If you did, you wouldn't post stuff like this.

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  9. Also, people should realize Trump's divorce proceedings WILL be unsealed by Democrats, the media is waiting and hoping the GOP nominates him, it may not be fair but realistically the guy's candidacy is a time bomb.

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    1. And when he trots Ivana up to the mike to tell everybody how much she still likes and respects him...?

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  10. Dave, what is so dignified about the position? I'm less worried about the dignity than the results.

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  11. Don, I think Trump actually has an excellent traditional ground game going on in the primary states, too, although that is naturally being given very little coverage by the national TDS media. They may "discover" it after he wins, or they may be "shocked" to learn not only that it existed, but just how good it was.

    Trump builds stuff, including organizations. Why are people so surprised to find that he might also be good at building political infrastructures?

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  12. Is there a cure for the perpetual hard-on you Trumpeteers have? He won't win a national election.

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