Where's the money going?Submitted by samadamscw on Fri, 03/23/2012 - 12:16
Right off, some people are going to hate this thread and vote it down. I'm not some troll trying to inject negativity. As a donor, as a supporter, as an activist, I'm asking a legitimate question. I asked this question in 2008 and got reemed for it. I'm asking it again. It is an important question. (we got trounced in the 2008 primary remember?)
Where's our money going?
Perhaps the experience of people in other states is different. But in this state? (Louisiana) I don't see anything. (almost)
#1 - I understand Paul's strategy, no need to remind me. He isn't trying to win primary states, he's going after caucus states.
#2 - I also understand, some states (like Louisiana) are hybrid processes, where caucuses choose delegates, but primaries pledge those delegates.
#3 - Caucus states are more of a networking/grassroots effort where campaign offices and organization can help coordinate everything to make sure it goes well at the caucuses.
#4 - Primary states require advertisement and robo-push polls. They require personal visits. You have to show a presence.
Has Louisiana not donated enough to the Paul campaign to justify fighting for it?
Does the campaign think it has Louisiana in the bag because of our efforts last time so they are just doing the minimum?
Yes, I was robo-pushed once for Ron Paul. (really? I'm on the supporter and donor list, and I, ME, got push-polled? Why not spend that phone call on someone ELSE who isn't ALREADY a supporter?)
Yes, Dr. Paul is making two stops here today, both in minor towns at a small college and a very small university. What is the strategy here? Why not maximize turnout? Why not generate the most local media buzz you can?
Sure, the national cable channels are blacking out Paul, but local media doesn't. Why not hit the larger universities in the larger cities? (also where the larger media outlets are)
Why make an appearance where they don't even have their own TV station or newspaper?
Why no ads at all? Radio? TV? Nothing?
We've been bombarded with ads, push-polls and direct mail from Santorum mostly, some from Gingrich, and a bit from Romney.
I've received no less than 10 calls from each in the last week. (Santorum about 3 times that, at least 4-5 a day)
If Santorum's and Gingrich's campaigns are on financial life support (save their super-PACs) how can they afford to campaign here, but Ron Paul can't? (EVERY push poll or robo call has been paid for by the campaigns, at least that I've received. I've received no calls from independent groups)
Does the campaign have any idea how hard it is to convince people to go vote for Paul if he appears invisible?
Is this the result of appointing former Paul adversaries as campaign chair and co-chair here? (who's brilliant idea was THAT?)
Joel Robideaux shouldn't have been allowed within 10 miles of headquaters. Who decided to make him state campaign chair? What influence and how much control does he have?
Look, I know I'm pissing people off by writing this, but can someone explain to me how I'm supposed to get voters to the polls as they tell me they have abandoned Paul because he seems to have ignored Louisiana?
They don't CARE about minor appearances in minor parts of the state.
They think such a tactic is absurd if you really want to win. It looks as if Paul is just going through motions rather than really trying to win.
ALL they see and hear is Santorum, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Romney, Gingrich - Ron Paul WHO?
Throw me a bone here campaign!!
And guess what - these were people I am tying to get to go to the caucus in April. That's looking near impossible now. And if they do vote tomorrow for someone else, you can bet I won't be able to get them to vote for Paul delegates in our caucus.
Vote this down if you want, but THIS thread - what you see here, not vote fraud or media blackouts, is why we are not winning.
You can argue the delegate numbers all you want. Paul MUST win a real contest if he wants a snowball's chance. This could have been an easy one. People don't like Romney here. He merely has "momentum." They also don't care much for Santorum or Gingrich, but don't see an option. There IS an option in Ron Paul, but Paul isn't giving them the option. Most don't even know he's still in the race. Those that do know, have written him off because they don't see a presence either in ads, calls, or appearances. They don't take him seriously anymore.
Now he'll be in a distant fourth. Maybe even less than 10%. Really? Is that what all the hard work was for?