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More On Getting Out The Vote and Election Day Fun

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Quick Hits — November 6, 2006

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Covering the Voter Turnout Drive

A number of news outlets talk about the last-minute turnout game today, with Republican strategists touting the 72 Hour Project in a wire service article that ran in papers ranging from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to the Miami Herald. The database-driven voter mobilization effort was also one of the standard talking points on the news shows this weekend.

The Post noted an interesting point in an article that also has a lot of details about election-eve operations — because of the time required to set up a significant turnout effort, the Republicans haven’t had time to roll one out in congressional districts that have suddenly become vulnerable in the last few weeks. It would be ironic if the Rs held on to several “battleground” seats because of a mobilization blitz but then turned around and lost a significant number of seats that had been considered safe. In war, no defensive line can be equally strong everywhere.

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Minor Quibbles with an Otherwise Excellent Online Politics Overview

[Update: Mike Cornfield writes in to note that an expanded version of his and Lee Rainie's article, complete with more predictions for the future, is available online at the Pew Research Center.]

Ah, the good old days, back in the late ’90s, when the internet was going to transform politics, bring power to the people, lay low the mighty, cure static cling and otherwise spread goodness and light over the land. Writing in Sunday’s Post Outlook section, Mike Cornfield and Lee Rainie, two Very Smart Guys, talk about what we’ve learned from a decade of actually using email and the web for political communications. The conclusion wraps it up well:

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