More Painful lessons from the 2004 Presidential Campaign
Kerry was also hamstrung by the primary process. During a five week period after the Democratic Convention (during which time the GOP launched its harshest Swift Boat attacks, culminating with a bitter nasty anti-Kerry convention) Kerry had to rely on Party spending so he could stretch his $75 million from public financing.
Lastly, this article exposes my greatest pet peeve: the Dems are still woefully behind the GOP in data mining and direct target campaigns. Sure they've made strides, but nowhere near the sophistication of the GOP. (For instance why should it be so difficult to use a centralized email management system which would allow local/state campaign directors to craft more effective messages, in addition to the overall campaigns requests for money, etc)
Lets get to work and fix these problems. It's not rocket science.
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