Last Updated Apr 20, 2011 12:09 PM EDT
If your product isn't competitive, you lose. The republicans desperately need a competitive product, meaning a candidate who can actually go toe-to-toe with Obama -- and win. Embattled as Obama is, it's always a challenge to knock out an incumbent president. And so far, as we've already discussed, the field is unacceptably weak. Still, if the poll is right, not only is this the key to a GOP win, but if they don't find a star candidate, they will surely lose.
In America, business trumps ideology. One of the first principles of business and marketing is to answer the customer's WIIFM - What's In It For Me. Fortunately, that's pretty easy to figure out because nobody gives a crap about ideology when they're losing their jobs and their homes. The American people want jobs and an improved economy and they're not willing to mortgage their children's future to get it. Pimco, the IMF, and S&P are justifiably concerned about a U.S. debt crisis. The GOP needs to become the party of fiscal responsibility, which brings us to the next point.
The path to credibility is to walk the talk. I think the American public is a little tired of BS. Obama campaigned on a platform of 'change'. How'd that work out for him? Not so well. That's because he failed to meet his campaign promise, bigtime. And while the midterm elections definitely signaled a mandate from the people for fiscal responsibility, republicans now have to walk the talk or a win in 2012 is off the table. Look, both parties have failed the people over the last decade with plenty of excuses for runaway spending: wars, stimulus, bailouts, and entitlements. We the people have had it with BS promises.
Grassroots trumps mass marketing. Obama won in '08 by using the Internet as a tool in political organizing and building grassroots support. Political fundraising will never be the same. It's an old concept straight out of Geoffrey Moore's Crossing the Chasm, the seminal work on converting early adoption to mass adoption. Nevertheless, the Republican Party must get with the program to win in 2012 by drastically improving its web-based and on-the-ground planning, organizing, and fundraising.
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