"The key is not the will to win. Everyone has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important."Being in a coffee klatsch or talking to the same twelve people who are already in your corner is not advancing the ball.
Real political work involves knocking on doors, picking up the phone and connecting with real people. A Facebook blast, while cost-effective, is not the same as real effort. It just isn't.
Progressive organizations overachieve because -- in a seeming paradox -- they borrow the unyielding "eat what you kill" and "survival of the fittest" mentality sometimes seen (and often criticized) in the private sector. They have high and sometimes unyielding expectations for their members. You are expected to -- no, you must -- produce. You must turn out the vote. And you must contribute, and several hundred dollars, no matter what. And some activists, already having no hesitation generally to make unfair judgments about the motives or character of those with whom they disagree, are very good at pressuring their underlings to produce and contribute even at considerable personal sacrifice.
When was the last time you could say that about any Republican candidate or conservative activist?
Eric Dixon is a New York corporate lawyer and strategic consultant for businesses, political groups (across the spectrum), political candidates and civic and nonprofit organizations, mostly in the New York and New Jersey markets.