Now Trump tries to Make State Parties Great Again

Volunteers make phone calls to reach out to voters at Georgia Republican Party headquarters in Atlanta, September 2014. (AJC Photo / Hyosub Shin)

Volunteers make phone calls to reach out to voters at Georgia Republican Party headquarters in Atlanta, September 2014. (AJC Photo / Hyosub Shin)

This article from the New York Times, which leads today’s Jolt from the Political Insider team, caught my eye for the way it describes one more way in which the Trump campaign harkens back to an earlier time:

“Donald J. Trump is leaning heavily on Republican Party organizations to provide crucial campaign functions like getting out the vote, digital outreach and fund-raising, at a time when some leading Republicans have called for party officials to cut off Mr. Trump and focus instead on maintaining control of Congress.”

The Jolt item about that article also quotes Georgia GOP Chairman John Padgett describing how state Republicans “are going to be Trump’s ground folks” (via the LaGrange News).

This is curious for a couple of reasons, but mostly for the way it runs completely against the trend of how campaigns have worked since the Citizens United court decision.

I just happened to have lunch Friday with a longtime GOP activist in Georgia, and we talked about people who might be leading contenders to succeed Padgett next spring. But he also made the same observation many politicos have made to me over the past several years: The state party matters less these days, because of Citizens United. Although liberals constantly complain about that court ruling, its main effect was not to pump more money into politics but to change the distribution of that money, away from state parties and other traditional campaign apparatuses and toward independent committees. State parties still play an important role, but they aren’t the fund-raising powerhouses they used to be.

Yet, it appears the Trump campaign wants to turn back the clock and let these same, diminished state parties go back to doing much of the grunt work of campaigns. Of course, some of this is not their choice: Many of the big donors who have given to Republicans in the past are refusing to support Trump.

But the main problem here is that it’s an open question whether state parties have the resources to pull off this kind of work in 2016. Two years ago during Georgia’s statewide races, I frequently heard that outside groups friendly to the Republican Party did much of the phone-banking and door-knocking required to push GOP candidates to victory. That’s not necessarily a knock on the Georgia GOP, just an acknowledgment of how things work these days. It’s a model that is very familiar to Democrats and their labor-union allies.

The great cliche in politics is that tight races will come down to “turnout.” People say this as if it’s a mystical force divorced from the nuts and bolts of campaigns — when, in fact, the nuts and bolts of campaigns are largely geared toward inducing turnout. There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about Republicans about the Trump campaign’s lack of a ground game to get out the vote for Trump. I’m not sure this news will alleviate many of those concerns.

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SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Hedy tries to pass the far-left crap sandwich calling the current Dept. of Labor U6 through 2nd QTR 016 beef tenderloin. No Hedley, the U6 for that period was 9.9. Clearly my other challenges to your faux post had you unable to respond. Thanks for playing though. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@SGTGrit If you want to gauge unemployment rates that way its fine. Its not the normal way


But labor participation rates today are right on line with historical averages. There is no doubt about this. 


What some do is compare today to the boomer years. Which was an extreme outlier. This is cherry picking of the highest order.


Thank you for playing as well. That lesson was free..

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Trump is winning one, just one, demographic group in America.


Uneducated white men.


Is this the GOP strategy moving forward ? Just appeal to uneducated whites. The type of rubes we see post here everyday ?


Because that doesnt seem like a very good long term strategy.


SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The democrat party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the American far-left. To quote Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, their leadership can feed them crap sandwiches telling the rank and file it's beef tenderloin and they'll believe it.

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

@SGTGrit They will be the president for the next 16 years thanks to gullible ones like you.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Somewhere in recent years, the GOP’s engagement with modern America and how to best project those values into a nation of 320 million people became dysfunctional. As the country has diversified, the party has remained monochromatic, has grayed, and rather than allowing some birch-like give on shifting cultural norms, has become an unbending oak of ideological purity. The GOP now finds itself lacking an intimate’s ability to criticize productively, given its demographic and cultural divergence from the majority of the country.


Most prominently, as has been said time and again, it is a party of breathtaking whiteness.


http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-end-of-a-republican-party/

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_LammarThe GOP is a party of breathtaking diversity of opinion, unlike the Dems who will support and never question a candidate of their party no matter what.  They vote in lockstep and never voice a differing opinion, if we are charitable enough to assume they occasionally do have differing opinions.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @Hedley_Lammar The GOP is a party of breathtaking diversity of opinion


Laughable. Maybe your funniest post ever.


They have so many purity tests over there one cant count them all.



xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@BuckeyeGa Because the Republican Party does has a diversity of opinion.  You have moderates like Pataki, Christie or Graham, moderate conservatives like Bush, Fiorina or Kasich, strong conservatives like Cruz, Perry and Rubio, Social Conservatives like Huckabee, Carson and Santorum, Libertarians like Paul and moderate populists like Trump.  And Jindal and Walker who didn't really quite fit into any of those categories.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Rafe,

lolol.The term RINO has been popular in recent years

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@xxxzzz @BuckeyeGa Yes


Its why the GOP is such a big tent party these days.


They cover the entire political spectrum


The Conservative side and the Republican side.


All sides are covered. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar @RafeHollister Mark Kirk, Susan Collins vs Dave Brat and Jim Jordan, they agree on so much.  Can't name two democrats that far apart in philosophy.  The GOP is the big tent party, ha!

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@RafeHollister @Hedley_Lammar It's funny that the arguments and insults from the right toward the left are exactly the same the left has said previously about the right. Now who cannot think for themselves? 

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

If you view Trump's actions through the lens of "he isn't running a real campaign" then most of what he does makes sense.

Unfortunately, Democrats chose someone so dishonest, corrupt, and incompetent that Trump is a legitimate, almost reasonable alternative.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Lil_Barry_Bailout For the last 50 years Trump has been building buildings and running his businesses, he has not been in charge of the dysfunctional, inept, corrupt, and harmful policies that got us to where we are in America. 


Reason enough to support Trump as a change agent, because we certainly can't continue with the Obama/Clinton policies.  Name one significant accomplishment of the past 8 years, if you can. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @Lil_Barry_Bailout   For the last 50 years Trump has been building buildings and running his businesses


Because he inherited millions. Not because he was talented. 


And going bankrupt and stiffing his creditors.


Bankrupting a Casino no less.


It isnt exactly a good track record.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @Lil_Barry_Bailout  Name one significant accomplishment of the past 8 years, if you can. 


Stock market doubled


Uninsured rate cut in half


Unemployment rate cut in half.


Troops out of Iraq which saved thousands of soldiers lives.


Shall I continue ?


Want to play a real fun game ? Compare the country Obama will leave behind to the dumpster fire Bush left behind. 



xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@Hedley_Lammar @RafeHollister @Lil_Barry_Bailout Troops out of Iraq which costs tens of thousands of Iraqi, Syrian, European and American civilian lives.  Labor market participation at record lows.  Record number of people losing their doctors.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@xxxzzz Last I checked, he's President of the USA, not President of the rest of the world.  Or did you want to sign up to be part of the world's police force?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@xxxzzz @Hedley_Lammar @RafeHollister @Lil_Barry_Bailout Troops out of Iraq which costs tens of thousands of Iraqi, Syrian, European and American civilian lives. 


No it didnt. And think of our troops. How many more had to die in Iraq ?


 Labor market participation at record lows. 


Not it isnt. Its a historical norms.


Record number of people losing their doctors.


Wrong again.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Hedley_Lammar @RafeHollister @Lil_Barry_Bailout

ailout 

"Stock Market doubled"

Because the Fed has been printing tons of Q.E. dollars to keep the economy afloat. Who benefits? The rich who have the money to invest, while the poor and middle class suffer.

"Uninsured rate cut in half"

The previously uninsured are dropping back out due to premium increases that insures are raising to pay for mostly sick people participating in the ACA.

"Unemployment rate cut in half"

Not really, workforce participation is at a 36 year low so real unemployment is around 10%. 49% of the population is receiving government financial assistance in some form.

"Troops out of Iraq"

Which allowed ISIS to grow into a formidable army now operating in over 11 nations.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@SGTGrit @Hedley_Lammar @RafeHollister @Lil_Barry_Bailout Not really, workforce participation is at a 36 year low so real unemployment is around 10%


For the last time


Workforce participation rates today are at historical norms. The boomers inflated this for a short time. Its NEVER going back to those numbers ever. 10,000 boomers retire each day


Granny has earned it.


The rest of your post is so nonsensical as to not  warrant comment

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Well I guess Headley had a smidgen of truth to his statement that she provided records one year ago.  She provided a summary from her doctor, Dr. Bombay, that she was "fit to serve".  Both candidates being the geezers they are, should follow McCain's precedent.


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/20/clintons-health-continues-to-spur-controversy-and-conspiracy.html


Unlike 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain who invited reporters to review the full 1,173 pages of his medical records, Clinton released only a summary of her past issues, including an elbow fracture in 2009 and several episodes of deep vein thrombosis. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@RafeHollister You know that Trump's "best health of any president EVER!" statement came from his... wait for it... gastroenterologist.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Hillary Clinton, just like her husband Bill, are liars and Hill like her husband Bill, are unworthy of the office of President of the United States.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Head tried to contend that Colin Powell, maintained as Hillary, said an exact duplicate of her private email server. Alarm...no he did not. Powell, did not have a private server, he only had a private email account. Classified email traffic was sent and received on the secured government server.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Is Powell running for some high office? No?

Yawn.

Real Americans are rightly concerned that Hillary put her ability to avoid FOIA requests and congressional oversight above national security. She's a liar and not to be trusted.

But she wants more free stuff and is OK with murdering the unborn as a means of birth control, so nothing matters to the trashy left.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Kyle,

I am pretty sure that Trump's suggestions were directed at the Republican party on the national level, chiding them to give the donations they receive to the proven state ground games, instead of to the establishment hacks in the Senate trying to save their pension plans, er, I mean, careers.

I suspect you already know the same thing.

So when did you become cool with all the comments being so far "off topic?"

Let me guess....

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@Here's_to_Blue @xxxzzz @Hedley_Lammar @RafeHollister Napitolano and McConnell give congressional testimony that it is happening and you are Hedley hang on an anonymous statement that there is no "proof" that it has happened.  Like saying there is no proof Zika will cause birth defects in a country other than Brazil.  You are seriously calling others blinded?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

The Clintons have releases their tax returns


Trump has not


Why is he not held to the same standard as every other candidate the last 30 or so years ?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar The voters will hold him accountable, who else do you think should?  Hillary hasn't released her medical records, BTW, most candidates do by this time.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @Hedley_Lammar  The voters will hold him accountable, who else do you think should?


The voters have a right to know about his personal finances BEFORE the election.


But you're right. Its going to hurt hum at the polls.


But not as bad as it would should he release them. Which is why he isnt going to.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar @RafeHollister Well, she might have released the ones she thought were appropriate, and deleted the rest, like those 15,900 work related emails she deleted, that were found by the FBI.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @Hedley_Lammar  Hillary hasn't released her medical records, BTW, most candidates do by this time.


She has released her medical records. Around this time last year.


No medical records aren't like Tax returns. They dont change much from year to year ( Though they can )


Wrong again Rafe.