The origin of this campaign lies in the confluence of two factors: first, the desire of moderate Republicans to find a candidate who can articulately, engagingly and fluently advocate moderate Republican policies, and second, the triumph of affinity over geography represented by the rise of the internet, which is at its core, a mechanism for bringing similarly-minded people together in common cause. The former describes “why”, the latter, “how”.
This campaign aims to learn lessons from the successes and failures represented by a campaign that, during the course of 2003, elevated an obscure New England Governor to the very threshold of the Democratic Party nomination in 2004, going from seven volunteers and four hundred supporters nationwide in January ’03 to a mass movement with many hundreds of thousands of supporters and volunteers. While we hold views very different to those of Gov. Dean and his supporters, we must look to their achievement in creating a genuine mass movement in support of an idea; we must also, however, do a better job of transitioning our campaign from “the triumph of affinity over geography” represented by the internet, to “the triumph of geography over affinity” represented by voting.
This campaign, ultimately, will driven by those who choose to become involved; it is a genuine coalition of the willing in support of Senator Snowe. In founding this site, we intend to create a lightning rod around which the campaign can coalesce, a clearing house of resources for those volunteers, and a place through which the curious can find out more.
Mission statement for 2005:
We will work to promote national awareness of Olympia Snowe and her views, to craft strategy for the 2008 primary, to build a nationwide supporter base, and to provide volunteers with campaign tools and resources.
As much as a campaign strategy exists – which is not far – it is as follows:
- Test the waters – propagandize, advocate, and see whether such a campaign can pick up a critical mass of adherents;
- Form and develop a clear rationale for advocating Sen. Snowe’s contesting (and winning) the 2008 primary;
- Identify and pre-empt potential objections to Sen. Snowe’s record;
- Identify and pursue ways to assist the Senator in her 2006 re-election campaign;
- Begin writing to Sen. Snowe to resolve outstanding questions over policy and advocating her candidacy;
- Expand contacts with state and local GOP activists and officers;
- Identify and analyze potential primary competitors, such as Sens. McCain and Frist, Secretary Rice, or former Speaker Gingrich; form arguments for supporting Sen. Snowe over those candidates.
- Delineate and differentiate policy positions advocated by Sen. Snowe compared to other identified primary contenders.
(This “to do” list was originally posted to the Campaign Blog, 2/022005).
We aim, in short, to build and provide tools that allow volunteers to work effectively in concert across the nation.
This short list is a starting point not a set-in-stone campaign guideline; our intention in the short term is to gather people who are interesting in supporting and/or campaigning for Senator Snowe, and in particular, those who can help shape the campaign. We invite people to explore the site, post to the Campaign Blog, or to e-mail us.