Lion of the Blogosphere

NPR on Trump’s ground game in Iowa

This is from a November 5th article:

At a recent Trump rally at a Sioux City high school, loudspeakers blasted an unofficial head-banging campaign anthem by Twisted Sister, to pump up the crowd for the candidate who wouldn’t speak for another hour.

As people arrived, volunteers worked the parking lot and sidewalks asking attendees if they would “like to help with the caucus” and “help talk to your friends and neighbors about coming out on Feb. 1 to caucus for Donald Trump?”

“Not sure yet,” one voter replied.

At this point, most Iowans haven’t made a final decision either — but having their names in a campaign database is critical to a candidate who hopes to win them over.

Inside the rally, still awaiting Trump, the focus turns to caucus night, and getting ready for February weather.

“Are you prepared? Do you have a backup plan if there’s a blizzard?” asks Tana Goertz, an Iowa native who starred on Trump’s hit TV show The Apprentice. She’s now his Iowa campaign co-chairwoman.

“If there’s high winds, how’s your grandma gonna get to the caucus? You better say you’re taking her, right? Raise your hand if you’re bringing somebody to the caucus,” she continued.

The question about Trump from the beginning was whether this was a real campaign. But here in Iowa, he hired top staffers who know how to run a caucus. He’s doing the things serious candidates do.

“The Trump campaign does have a real organization and they have really savvy operatives,” said John Stineman, a veteran Iowa GOP strategist. “And my understanding is that they have a pretty robust data operation as well.”

This vignette demonstrates why I predict that Trump’s heavily attended rallies, way beyond any other candidate, are going to translate into much better results in the caucuses than are predicted by the polls.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. This website will make everyone here LOL:

    (It’s against him. It lists every disastrous thing he did as FL gov.)


    December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

  2. Competence in one area of life translates into competence in another. The guy who made $10 billion dollars and went to Wharton business school is outperforming TTT law school graduate Rubio.

    By the way, Lion, what do you think of Chris Christie’s intelligence? He seems smart when he speaks, but the median LSAT of Seton Hall is 156.


    December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

    • “Competence in one area of life translates into competence in another.”

      Exactly. Things like opening a casino or building Trump Tower are huge logistical feats. They involve bringing together dozens of organizations and thousands of people, then keeping them on task and on budget. Of course Trump doesn’t handle every detail personally, but he knows how to delegate, has people he trusts, doesn’t suffer fools who get in his way, and bottom line he gets things done. An election is not much different organizationally.The main difference is you are dealing with many hostile forces trying to shoot you down, as well as a hostile and duplicitous media that doesn’t think twice about promoting smears and lies. But organizationally Trump could trump all the other candidates easily as long as he’s really committed to it.

      Remember, most political operatives are greasy money grubbers looking only to milk those they represent. Trump has decades of experience with people who are loyal to him.


      December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

    • Seton Hall Law is for NJ people who can’t get into either Rutgers.


      December 8, 2015 at EDT pm

  3. Then why didn’t they translate for Ron Paul?

    Get real, we are dead in IA

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

  4. Hah. I remember Tana from Iowa from one of the early seasons of the Apprentice, probably about ten years ago now. That was back when it was a much more interesting show because it featured hungry no-name strivers rather than D-list celebrities phoning it in for charity. She advanced close to the finals I believe. Shows that Trump inspires long-lasting loyalty in those who come into his orbit.


    December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

  5. That’s what people said about Romney.


    December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

  6. Just got a Yahoo Breaking News update that Trump is calling for a “complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the US. Could this be the beginning of a Great Awakening?


    December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

    • You guys need to get on Twitter. Incidentally, Rand Paul called for a moratorium earlier today as well. Here’s Trump’s statement.

      Dave Pinsen

      December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

    • So if Charles Martel was ‘the Hammer’, what do we call Trump?

      Andrew E.

      December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

      • The Pile Driver, of course.

        Need Ludd

        December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

    • Thus far, denounced by Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie. In other words, the 1-3% club. The ones who have a chance are being more cautious. But everyone will have to respond to this.


      December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

    • I just saw that, wow. It’s either the beginning of a Great Awakening…or the beginning of a civil war.


      December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

      • Praise the Lord and pass the ammo.


        December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

    • Trump is becoming True Glorious Leader!! Maybe, just maybe, Trump had a vision from God calling on him to save the nation, just like Joan of Arc. It could happen…


      December 7, 2015 at EDT pm

  7. Lion, that NPR story aired on “Morning Edition”. That show’s host and reporters act as if they are in-house media for the left wing of the Democratic Party. I doubt they subscribe to some “Son-of-JournoList” to organize their daily talking points — with an intelligent, committed, and dedicated staff, there doesn’t seem to be any need.

    I am unsure of the point of that assessment of Trump’s Iowa campaign. To pre-emptively discount a Trump victory as a reflection of bought-and-paid-for logistics, rather than voter sentiment? To alert Hillary’s supporters to the danger they face? Or to reassure the flock that NPR is Fair and Balanced?


    December 8, 2015 at EDT am

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