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Stupid Party Indeed

Apparently Facebook worked to get the Republican Party on board with using their site for their 2008 election efforts, and there was no interest.

11 Responses to “Stupid Party Indeed”

  1. Graumagus says:

    I swear it sometimes seems like every time the Republican party is handed a fertile field they try to plant rocks…

  2. Mike123 says:

    Its as if they wanted to lose.

  3. Andy says:

    I’ve heard it described this way:
    When the GOP is in charge, it’s like being run by old men. They just don’t get it.

    When the Dems are in charge, it’s like the kids have taken over the school.

    Neither is good, really.

  4. Harold says:

    Your comment is a significant mischaracterization of what the article actually said, which was that the McCain campaign wasn’t adroit in using Facebook (the article implies they did have a Facebook presence…).

    That’s a very different thing and is not directly applicable to the party at large.

  5. Sebastian says:

    Reading the article again, I don’t think there was any significant misrepresentation. The article says both the GOP and McCain campaign weren’t interested in innovating using Facebook.

  6. Sigivald says:

    I’m dubious as to what *good* it would have done them.

    Would it have gotten anyone who wasn’t already going to, to vote for a Republican candidate? If so, how would it do so?

    Would anyone who wasn’t already gung-ho have become a fan or friended The Party?

    To me this looks like a classic class of Gnomeism:

    1) Facebook
    2) ???
    3) Get votes.

    The middle step there eludes me.

    • Bitter says:

      I think it’s the third step that’s slightly off, Sigivald. I think one thing it could be used for is a get out the vote tool for younger voters. In fact, for some, it may be easier to reach them on Facebook than on the phone or in person (traditional GOTV methods). The step two strategy is still one that’s far from perfected, but I think if you refine the goal, it could be a more useful tool.

  7. Ian Argent says:

    Given how close the election was, any little bit could have helped.

    The campaign showed flashes of brilliance every so often – which they firmly put a basket on and sat on whenever they saw those flashes.

  8. Day late and a dollar short, but this is like turning down free ammo in this ammo buying frenzy climate.

  9. Kathy says:

    It might have changed my vote. I’m not sure though. I know the fact that they didn’t did tally in the column of why not to vote for them.

    Although it’s also likely that if they had run McCain rather than the GOP Presidential Candidate that would have swayed my vote as well. I think Sarah Palin also suffered at the hands of the GOP Machine.

    But then again, I’m not the target demographic. Female, pro-choice, union member, gun owner.

  10. Ian Argent says:

    I think the GOP planning team thought they could get away with showing different candidates to different audiences (as the Democrats often do). That takes a media unwilling ot show the “wrong” people the “wrong” candidate, though.

    Agreed that they didn’t let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin, rather than GOP VP candidate, and McCain only rarely got away with being John McCain. (And when he did it wasn’t a Good Thing – witness the stupid-in-retrospect campaign suspension).

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