The first GOP debate in South Carolina of the presidential election cycle taking place in South Carolina won't be a game-changer for who will be the next President of the United States. Even though the "big names" are
boycotting too busy to attend the debate (which is a likely mistake, given the opportunity to opine on the current fracas over the union-controlled NLRB's attacks on Boeing and the state of South Carolina), the person who wins the White House in 2012 can almost assuredly be predicted within a short period of time.
While 2010 was just a warm up, the election of 2012 will be the election that, ultimately, determines the future direction of the United States and, perhaps, its very existence (see debt). While President Obama re-lubricates his 2008 OFA machine, determined to win re-election on the back of Osama Bin-Laden's quickly-disposed of corpse, GOP contenders are beginning to posture for a shot at the White House.
Winning the White House won't merely be a matter of money (though that will be necessary), since Obama is hoping to raise $1 billion (undisclosed)—nor, is it a matter of name recognition (though that helps too). It will be, however, all about strategy.
And the strategy begins here...
The person who wins the White House (or any other elected office, for that matter) will be the one who can deliver the most votes—obviously. And, delivering the most votes in 2012 begins at the precinct level. You see, the first person—locally or nationally—who recognizes this and utilizes the precinct strategy will win in 2012.
More importantly, for those who want to impact the 2012 elections, from local officials to the President of the United States, getting involved in precinct activism is the most effective way to do it.
If you're not yet familiar with the Precinct Project, here is a brief summary:
Political parties are political vehicles. They aren’t sacred and often times we can see them shift in significant ways when viewed historically. The reason for this movement is that these political vehicles are defined by the people who make them up. They are malleable and can be strongly influenced by dedicated groups of activists.
The Precinct Project has been launched in an effort to help educate and motivate conservatives across the country to become more involved in the political process. Toward that end, we are working to gather and curate an ever-growing amount of information about how to become a Precinct Chairman or Committeeman, how to be effective in that role and how to maximize your impact within the party system.
The Precinct Project has a growing bank of resources built into it, including a Precinct Power Presentation to help others understand how important precinct activism is to winning elections and shaping party politics.
Be sure to visit American Majority Action's Precinct Project and, more importantly, get involved.
Remember, WE can't win if YOU don't play.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776