Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Is Obama’s ground game now starting to pay off?
Obama’s Edge: The Ground Game That Could Put Him Over the Top
“The Romney campaign doesn’t do the ground game,” Rick Wiley, the RNC’s political director, told me. “They have essentially ceded that responsibility to the RNC. They understand this is our role.” The disadvantage of this is that the RNC is composed of its state Republican Parties, which vary dramatically in quality. States like Florida and Virginia have strong Republican operations, while those in Iowa and Nevada haven’t recovered from attempted takeovers by Ron Paul partisans, and the Ohio GOP still bears the scars of a protracted leadership fight earlier in the year.
And while the RNC and Romney campaign exert a centralizing influence, there is nowhere near the standardization of Obama’s Starbucks-like franchise operation, each with its identical “I Support the President Because…” poster.
Simon Owens is an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org