Huckleby wrote:Money didn't decide this particular election, for a variety of reasons.
I'd like to hear that variety of reasons.
Here's what we saw... In Dane County the GOTV was massive. Virtually every door in the city was knocked on. Union cab was driving anyone to the polls who needed a lift and there were a slew of supplemental private drivers as well. Walker ads were on the TV and radio, but it didn't seem that there were many more of them than Barrett ads. Certainly not 6:1, so I guess Walker's money was being spent elsewhere.
What did we get? 80% turnout in Madison, 77% in all of Dane County. Barrett won Dane County 69%-30.5%. Huge.
So, is the solution to blanket the entire State with GOTV like we saw in Madison? Is that practical or even possible? Would GOTV be effective if people had already made up their minds to vote for Walker? In other words, if you lose the campaign ad war, does GOTV do you any good?
It all comes back to money. If one television ad does as much good 100 door knockers, how many door knockers can you buy for $25 million? You can debate until you're blue in the face whether Walker's ads were a pile of lies, but in the end they delivered their message. And that translated to votes on election day.