Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Brewer "Ground Game" Strategy

A neighbor tells me that she had a Brewer volunteer knocking on her door "at the height of the snow storm." It was either the second or third time someone from the Brewer campaign had visited. She couldn't remember.

While the Dolar campaign has made much out of their yellow hats and their "grassroots" campaign, it is the Brewer campaign that comes by over and again. I would be tempted to call their campaign strategy grassroots, especially given their endorsement by local grassroots groups. But they are on TV, they have already mailed out several pieces, and they show up with new literature everytime they knock on your door.

One commenter said that I hadn't grasped Naisy's campaign strategy. Well, I know I have yet to understand Brewer's strategy. It's not grassroots. It's not machine. It's not like anything we've seen here before.

The thing is, the Brewer campaign keeps showing up. What is different is that they started early and haven't let up. Now with television and mail, I can only wonder how well Brewer is going to do. Stone is telling people that he's going to win on February 27. But Stone hasn't knocked on any doors. His mail has been childish. And they continue to underestimate the anger that exists in the ward over his long reign and stated wish that Ilana replace him. Both Dick Simpson and Russ Stewart conclude that we are headed to a run-off. That seems like a safe guess.

6 Comments:

At February 14, 2007 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard people saying that Stone's opponents negative campaigning has become nauseating and only makes their support for Stone even more resolute;they enjoy telling the callers and/or opposition workers that "sure ,brewer or dolar have their vote",and then having a good laugh.50th warders know that the ward is being invaded by radical outsiders and intend to give them a strong"Go Home"on 2/27

 
At February 14, 2007 8:04 PM, Anonymous politwriter said...

Customarily, awful winter weather is called "precinct captain's weather" because casual volunteers are less apt to work in it.

I could be wrong, but I believe that the old Mayor Daley had the primaries moved from the summer to Feb. and March for just this reason: It's hard to get challengers' volunteers to wade through snowdrifts to hustle up votes.

That having been said, maybe the left wing ideologues of the Move-On.org groups which have embraced Brewer are sufficiently motivated to level the playing field.

But don't kid yourselves, Ald. Stone's precinct captains are out there. They have the advantage of having done it many times before and knowing the players.

There are probably about 2-3k voters who rely on their Democratic precinct captain's advice and wouldn't react favorably to an outsider sidling up to their door.

 
At February 15, 2007 8:50 AM, Anonymous Jim in Chicago said...

You write: "I have yet to understand Brewer's strategy. It's not grassroots...."

Seems to me (as one of the people doing it) that knocking on doors early and often is the very definition of grassroots.

 
At February 15, 2007 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a precinct captain knock on my door. They were rude, pushy and condesending. They also seemed to think that I was dumb - maybe this is the "2-3k" that "poliwriter" refers to.

That said - I don't think the precinct captains have any advantage. The Brewer canvassers are friendly and never condescending.

I think it's clear to see who has the advantage.

 
At February 16, 2007 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brewer's strategy is simple-create anger+add in lies and slander+import radical"BLAME AMERICA FIRST" radicals as an INVASION force of "workers" and SMEAR-SMEAR-SMEAR-LIE-SMEAR- AND LIE AND SLANDER SOME MORE!!

 
At February 16, 2007 1:26 PM, Anonymous West Rogers Park Resident said...

It’s good to know that Greg Brewer is for…Greg Brewer.

At the recent candidate debate at Boone School when the panelists were asked whether or not they would support the run-off candidate if they themselves didn’t make it - Greg Brewer followed Dolar and Aftab’s “yes” answers with a vague comment of “I hope my campaign efforts would have helped…” or something like that - basically saying no. Good to know that Greg Brewer is so concerned about our community and the problems facing the 50th Ward under Ald. Stone’s administration that he will pack up and take his bat and ball and go home if he doesn’t make the final cut - thanks Greg - small wonder the Chicago Tribune endorsed Naisy Dolar!

 

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