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Subject:CA Supreme Court Decision
Time:12:26 pm
Whatever. It's no surprise, and I think it was probably the right decision.

I'm still fucking livid, though. I'm not mad at the supreme court, since I think the decision was perfectly valid. I'm not pissed at the voters, though I could probably work my way up to it. I could probaby manage to be pissed at the Mormon political machine and the money they poured into the state, but I'm not. They were just playing the game the best way they could.

I'm pissed at Equality California. I'm pissed at the ineffective kumbaya campaign that they ran. I'm pissed that I gave these idiots even a dime of my money. I'm pissed that they took what should have been a slam dunk election and swished it right into the trash can. I'm pissed that we let our opponents use strong emotional appeals and scare tactics while we respond with fluffy bunny rhetoric like "it's unfair and wrong." Our opponents are playing hardball while we have tea and crumpets.

I'm pissed that the discussion right now is, "Should we try in 2010, or wait until 2012?" We should not fucking try AT ALL until we know how to win. I'm pissed that we don't know how to turn our outrage into effective action.

Mostly I'm pissed that their side plays the game better than we do, and we don't even realize that.
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juliarachel
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Time:2009-05-26 10:35 pm (UTC)
A million times this! People who are pissed at the CASC are directing their anger at the wrong target.
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greeklady
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Time:2009-05-26 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you for saying what I have been thinking.
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adb_foldem
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Time:2009-05-27 06:04 pm (UTC)
Not a scapegoat. This was the community we needed to get the thing passed.
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jpmassar
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Time:2009-05-26 09:54 pm (UTC)
We should not fucking try AT ALL until we know how to win. I'm pissed that we don't know how to turn our outrage into effective action.

I think that's unfair. I'm pretty sure that people believe they know how to win this time. Of course no one can know they know how to win.

For one campaign strategy, read this, by the Publicity Director of the Courage Campaign.

They certainly believe that they've learned from 2008 (both what not to do and what they should have done), and relearned the lessons from 1979.

If you think they are still on the wrong track, I strongly suspect a well thought out letter to this person and to others in decision-making positions regarding strategy and tactics for 2010/2012 would not be ignored (click on his login name to get his email).

For some analysis of what it will take to overturn Prop 8 try here



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whipartist
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Time:2009-05-26 10:20 pm (UTC)
It's the "persuasion and outreach" that I have little confidence in.
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jpmassar
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Time:2009-05-26 11:29 pm (UTC)
The article never uses the word 'outreach'. It does say 'persuade'

The Courage Campaign is using the same online organizing tools the Obama campaign used to contact, identify, and persuade voters (Blue State Digital and the Voter Activation Network). The project aims to put well-supported voter file technology and voter contact tools directly in the hands of marriage equality activists. The shared database of the VAN, as well as the tools found at the Courage Campaign's Equality Hub, will allow for coordinated field efforts to maximize one-on-one contact with voters.

You think this is a bad idea?

These are some of the tools that won Obama North Carolina and Indiana. Of course they are only effective on the margin -- you're not going to swing 10% of the electorate doing this stuff. But if you're organized, you can 1%-2%. And if you do a really good job at get-out-the-vote you can pick up another percent or so.

What would you rather see them do?

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whipartist
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Time:2009-05-26 11:39 pm (UTC)
You used the words persuasion and outreach in your analysis.

My gut says that the left's messages are still going to be too soft, too fluffy, too kumbaya to counter the attacks of the right. I could be wrong, and I'd like to think that I am, but I have little faith in our ability to get the message(s) right.
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onthegojo
Subject:Equality California
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Time:2009-05-27 05:56 pm (UTC)
FYI - Sean Sullivan, who previously ran against Nancy Nadel for Oakland's District 3 Council Member, is Director of Development for Equality California.

I donated to EQCA, but never felt that they did much fund raising until the last minute when it seemed to be too late. That was just my perception - not sure what the reality is. My feeling was that they thought it would never pass, and were more than a bit shocked in the final days leading up to the election that it did. Or so it seemed.
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