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Michele Bachmann’s Strap-On iPads: New Tools for Field Organizers

Toward the end of a Dave Weigel piece in Slate on Michele Bachmann’s current campaign speech (you’ll be shocked to hear that she says she was right to vote against a debt ceiling-increase), we get a quick look at one way tablet computers can play into modern field organizing:

The candidate they’re having this conversation with has an impressive road show. When she finishes her speech in Council Bluffs, a team of grips starts loading a stage, two tents, an American-flag sign, and a jungle of A/V cables into a truck. One of them tells me his last job was working on Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Two Bachmann aides with iPads strapped to their hands like catcher’s mitts mill around the crowd, signing people up to vote for Bachmann in the straw poll. They offer paper tickets, too, glossy things that promise free food and a Randy Travis concert at the Ames Straw Poll.

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