Friday, October 22, 2004

The Other Team's Playbook 

Shades of George Will! Farhad Manjoo of Salon's "War Room" reports that the Republican party has somehow obtained, and released to reporters, a 46-page handbook detailing Democratic GOTV strategies for the 2004 election in Florida. The GOP contends that the handbook is evidence of illegal coordination between the Kerry campaign and various third-party organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the SEIU, and the Florida Education Association, and is planning to file a complaint with the FEC. So what's the master plan that's got them so riled up?
The party will focus on boosting turnout in African-American and non-cuban Hispanic communities, as well as more than 900,000 people it identifies as "swing voters," with "particular attention paid to women in the I-4 corridor between Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach." In addition, Democrats hope to win over seniors, gay people, Haitian immigrants, and the previously unnoticed swing-voter categories of "sportsmen" and "Republican women (esp. with Democratic husbands)." The handbook also notes that "a Jewish vote plan is being developed" . . . .

Beyond commenting on the alleged campaign finance violations, Agostini and other Republicans we contacted declined to discuss how they acquired the handbook, or whether they saw anything in it that worried, surprised or pleased them. But the GOP has to be at least a bit concerned; the Democratic plan is far more ambitious than anything the party planned four years ago. Now that they've got the handbook in their clutches, the Republicans might be OK if they can just figure out how to win over all the condo-owning, homosexual, senior-citizen, Haitian Republican women with Democratic sportsmen husbands, in Miami.

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