A conservative political pundit says the Republicans will have
to "rent buses and vans" if they hope to avoid the kind of defeat
they suffered in last month's election.
In the weeks following the Republican defeat, political pundits
are learning that the Obama campaign's ground game was perhaps the
most decisive factor in the defeat of Mitt Romney. Morton Blackwell
of the Leadership Institute says President Obama and
his left-wing allies simply out-campaigned Mitt Romney and his
conservative allies on the ground.
"Starting in 2008, they were still with their same internal
campaign leadership," Blackwell explains. "They were still
compiling detailed records of people's preferences, and they got
their people out to vote on Election Day in huge numbers, and the
Republican Party did not."
So if the Republican Party wants to compete, he submits that it
needs to take up busing.
"How many buses and vans were rented to use to haul Obama voters
to the polls compared to the numbers of buses and vans that were
used to get Romney voters to the polls?" the Leadership Institute
spokesman poses. "I'll bet you 95 percent of the provided
transportation was given to carefully pre-identified Obama
Blackwell adds that instead of just spending a billion
dollars on television advertising, the GOP needs to build a
permanent organization capable of waging the same kind of
professional ground campaign as the Democrats.