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…to participate in an experiment in political influence. Here’s your opportunity to Organize for America. Just, you know, our vision for America.
Here’s my idea:
We launch two new pages here on Ricochet, one for the Iowa caucuses and one for the New Hampshire primary. (If the experiment works, we’ll do it for the rest of the primary season events, too….)
We’ll invite all candidates to post and comment. We’ll cross-post relevant member posts on the page. We’ll also invite voters in those states to join the conversation on those pages. So, if you’re from Iowa an you’re not a Ricochet member, we’ll figure out a way to verify your residence and let you participate in the Iowa page.
We’ll encourage local meet-ups, debates, and a general candidate-Ricochet mix-up.
The Iowa caucuses will be won with, maybe, 10,000 votes. The New Hampshire primary with, maybe, 50,000 votes. Those aren’t big numbers.
This is a chance for local voters and Ricochet members to have a pretty influential voice in who wins where.
This is how Barack Obama “organized” his two victories. Why can’t we do the same?
So here’s what we need to get this going:
1. Are you from Iowa? Or New Hampshire? We need some local Republicans to moderate and post on these pages — news, photos, that sort of thing. If you’re not a member yet, JOIN!
2. We need to get the word out to primary/caucus voters in those states. They don’t have to join, they just have to register. And, of course, agree to play by Ricochet rules.
3. Do you work for a campaign? Sign up and start posting.
As is typical, I have no idea how this might work technically. But I can’t help but think that it will work politically. As I said, winning these contests comes down to a lot of small-number retail politics.
Could be fun.