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Quick Hits — December 31, 2010

A last look at 2010 — deploy your rear-view mirrors before reading.

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For Presidential Campaign Announcements, Technology No Longer the Story

Remember the halcyon days of 2007, when presidential campaigns competed for the honor of Most Creative Campaign Kick-Off Announcement? Hillary did her business on YouTube, while Barack promoted his video announcement via email, and several of the other candidates chose late-night talk/comedy shows to heighten their common touch. Special bonus round: don’t forget the legendary Joe-Biden-for-veep text message.

This time around, all of these choices are old hat, and it’s hard to imagine a venue that would attract anyone’s attention in and of itself. “Glee?” “Dancing with the Stars?” (Hey, if DeLay could shake his hips pre-conviction, why not Huckabee?). Though perhaps the standards at “American Idol” might hit a little close to home….

In any case, The Hill’s Shane D’Aprile took a good look at the question today, and e.politics got a few choice quotes in toward the end of the piece. My guess? The substance and the candidate will matter much more than the chosen channel, and I bet we’ll see campaigns unveiled via multi-outlet blasts designed to attract every shred of attention possible. Good luck, kids! Have fun storming the castle.

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Repubs, Latinos and Redistricting — Some Hope for Dems Down the Road?

So the new Census numbers are out, and the Rs look to benefit mightily. One of the most revealing takes was Dave Weigel’s breakdown of the states destined to gain Congressional seats vs. the party in control of the redistricting process — not so pretty for Dems.

At least for now. But remember, the Sun Belt states that gained population are doing so in part because of an increase in the number of people of Hispanic descent living within their borders, which may portend a political change down the road. As more Latinos move to Texas, Arizona, Florida, Nevada and similar states, the entire electoral math may shift, particularly if Republicans keep doing things like killing the DREAM Act — seats that are comfortably Republican after this year’s round of redistricting may be much more competitive a few years down the road. But that’s cold comfort for Democrats today — and don’t say you weren’t warned, again and again.

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Quick Hits — December 16, 2010

The return of Quick Hits! NOW you know it’s serious…

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The Anti-Populist Idiocy of John Boehner’s Plan to Cut Congressional Budgets in an Internet Age

Also published on The Huffington Post

John Boehner’s tears may have overshadowed the substance of his 60 Minutes appearance last Sunday, but he did mention some “serious” policy options in his time on screen. I put “serious” in quotes for a good reason, because looking below the surface of one at least one of his ideas suggests just how un-serious he is about the job of governing.

Talking with Leslie Stahl, The Speaker-to-be made the following grand proposition:

Well, how about we start with cutting Congress? I’m going to cut my budget, my leadership budget five percent. I’m going to cut all the leadership budgets by five percent. I’m gonna cut every committee’s budget by five percent. And every member is gonna see a five percent reduction in their allowance. All together that’s $25-$30 million and it likely would be one of the first votes we cast.

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Congratulations to NOI and the RootsCamp Crew!

This past Saturday saw the latest running of the lefty online organizing bulls — the New Organizing Institute’s regular post-election RootsCamp, which brings Democratic and progressive field organizers and online staff from around the country in for a mass de-brief. It’s an “unconference,” meaning that the agenda is written on the spot as people propose discussion sessions and the organizers assign rooms. This year’s event drew roughly 1000 of us, many fresh off campaigns, and it was a true joy to get to learn from people who are applying online orgnizing principles in the Real World (i.e., we got to listen to actual practitioners rather than the usual loud voices that hog the stage at these things). Kudos all around — besides meeting some great folks, I learned a ton, the best parts of which you Loyal Readers will get to share in the coming weeks.

BTW, NOI also used the weekend to unveil their new Organizing Toolbox. More on that here shortly, but be sure to check it out for yourself.

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Not Dead Yet!

Despite all evidence to the contrary. Welcome to the longest sustained publishing interruption in the modern history of Epolitics.com! What with Your Loyal Editor gallivanting through European capitals and finishing one job while finding another, writing’s had to move to the back of the bus for the past few weeks. But never fear! Online politics never stops, and neither should a good website (or this one, for that matter). Listen closely and you’ll hear those mental gears grinding into place, sloughing off weeks of rust, dust, tarnish and corrosion — a blog is a harsh mistress, and this one’s due to start her whip a-crackin’ right about…now.

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