Reading Between the Lines

300-million shades of purple: Enough already with the “polarization” declarations. I believe that cliché misses the point here. Let me explain:

Early this morning, walking the dog in an adjacent neighborhood, I ran into a “nodding acquaintance.” (Nodding acquaintance means someone I exchange nods with most mornings, but we’ve never actually talked). He was pulling a Romney/Ryan sign from his front lawn.

He looked up at me, shook his head slowly and raised both hands – palms up – in the universal sign of “Where do we go from here?” resignation.

CONVERSATION: We’ve never talked before, but his gesture was like an invitation. “It’s OK,” I heard myself saying, “I don’t believe this is an Obama mandate so much as it is a mandate for reevaluation. I believe America wants to work together, and the nation has sent a clear message to Washington that we expect Congress to do…

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Technology won the election. If it is anything the private sector can do it is to use technology. They need the creative thinkers to show them how. Romney is a private sector guy. He should have been able to duplicate or even improve this process.


In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who powered Barack Obama’s campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49. The women were far and away the single demographic group most likely to hand over cash, for a chance to dine in Hollywood with Clooney — and Obama.

So as they did with all the other data collected, stored and analyzed in the two-year drive for re-election, Obama’s top campaign aides decided to put this insight to use. They sought out an East Coast celebrity who had similar appeal among the same demographic, aiming to replicate the millions of dollars produced by the Clooney contest. “We were blessed with an overflowing menu of options, but we chose Sarah Jessica Parker,” explains a senior campaign adviser. And so the next Dinner with Barack contest was born: a chance to eat…

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