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 NTHWow. 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:4th poll in a week confirms that @JohnKasich is 2nd in New Hampshire! #NHPolitics #FITN https://t.co/QvnNe30r4s pic.twitter.com/LV9sTKePHY— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) January 14, 2016
He has 149,000 followers. Kasich is 5.5 million followers behind Trump. It is not celebrity at work here, but rather competence..@JohnKasich facetiming with some of our New Hampshire volunteers from South Carolina tonight. Keep it up, team! pic.twitter.com/bo1Bqy6ie8— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) January 14, 2016
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):
Do you think Iran would have acted so tough if they were Russian sailors? Our country was humiliated.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2016
United States looks more and more like a paper tiger. Won't be that way if I win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2016
Why does @CNN & @andersoncooper waste airtime by putting failed campaign strategist, Stuart Stevens - who lost BIG for Romney - on the show?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2016
Sadly, there is no way that Ted Cruz can continue running in the Republican Primary unless he can erase doubt on eligibility. Dems will sue!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016
Trump is getting his message out by having a message.The State Of The Union speech was one of the most boring, rambling and non-substantive I have heard in a long time. New leadership fast!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016
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.