Daily Archives: October 5, 2009

F A I L: Sam Adams Recall. Missed It By That Much…

I’m disappointed but not surprised that this all volunteer effort failed. You can’t order volunteers to do what you want them to do. You can have a book full of the names of volunteers, but they’re only good for a few signatures. They’ve got lives, jobs, and stuff going on. They want to do their civic duty and then do the dishes and water the plants.
That’s been a big miscalculation by the Recall Sam Adams folks. As well intentioned as they are, there was a fundamental misunderstanding of who could spend the time to recall the Liar in Chief Mayor. Add to the problem people being afraid to sign petitions for fear of retribution by Sam and his loyal sidekick, Randy Leonard, AND that the businesses were virtual no shows (see above reason), and you’ve got a campaign in crisis.
A campaign has a beginning, middle and end. There is a rhythm to a campaign and it’s almost always dictated by a campaign manager or strategist. Sometimes events redirect a campaign, but it’s overseen by the campaign. In this case the Adams recall campaign expected the volunteer force to catch their vision and run with it, but they needed to be led. “Herding cats,” was one expression I heard more than once today while out talking with volunteers.
While I’m glad to see another signature gathering effort—one with paid signature gatherers, I wish this first recall campaign done this. Apparently there are some big money folks willing to help in this second recall, but I wish they’d been allowed to pony up for the first go round.
I don’t know how much political capital was squandered by having to do this do over. I hope not much.

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F A I L: Sam Adams Recall. Missed It By That Much…

I’m disappointed but not surprised that this all volunteer effort failed. You can’t order volunteers to do what you want them to do. You can have a book full of the names of volunteers, but they’re only good for a few signatures. They’ve got lives, jobs, and stuff going on. They want to do their civic duty and then do the dishes and water the plants.
That’s been a big miscalculation by the Recall Sam Adams folks. As well intentioned as they are, there was a fundamental misunderstanding of who could spend the time to recall the Liar in Chief Mayor. Add to the problem people being afraid to sign petitions for fear of retribution by Sam and his loyal sidekick, Randy Leonard, AND that the businesses were virtual no shows (see above reason), and you’ve got a campaign in crisis.
A campaign has a beginning, middle and end. There is a rhythm to a campaign and it’s almost always dictated by a campaign manager or strategist. Sometimes events redirect a campaign, but it’s overseen by the campaign. In this case the Adams recall campaign expected the volunteer force to catch their vision and run with it, but they needed to be led. “Herding cats,” was one expression I heard more than once today while out talking with volunteers.
While I’m glad to see another signature gathering effort—one with paid signature gatherers, I wish this first recall campaign done this. Apparently there are some big money folks willing to help in this second recall, but I wish they’d been allowed to pony up for the first go round.
I don’t know how much political capital was squandered by having to do this do over. I hope not much.

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The Poorest Saturday Night Live Skit Ever

While I can credit them for spoofing Obama, couldn’t they at least try to to get his mannerisms and speech?

Dana Carvey did a great GHW Bush and let’s face it, even Chevy Chase did better as Gerald Ford. Dan Akroyd was good as Carter, but Fred Armisen as Obama is the worst I’ve ever seen.

Unbelievable, CNN “Fact Checked” this SNL skit!

Newsbusters

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