This is about as clear as it gets.
Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, is running for her father’s old Senate seat with a campaign built on a foundation of Jewish donors, an activist black clergy, and a reliably compliant media that will make it possible to “kill” or “muddy” stories that will make the Democrat look bad.
That might sounds like the Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012, but they’re some of the main points of an internal campaign analysis accidentally leaked by the Nunn campaign, according to the National Review’s Eliana Johnson.
The analysis, apparently posted on the Internet by accident in December, is interesting as much for what it says about the Democratic Party as a whole as it does for Nunn specifically. In particular, the Democrat campaigns can be certain of sympathetic media — so much so that Nunn’s campaign included it in as a factor in their campaign strategy.
The constant pitching and communications with reporters is also good for developing relationships between the campaign and the press corps that can be leveraged to affect coverage … (italics added)
Part of the communications department’s job (in conjunction with research) is to leverage relationships and find the material to push back against negative research hits. Often we will have fair warning and can work to kill or muddy the story. (italics added)
How many Republican campaigns will say in strategy documents that they will have “fair warning” from the media to “kill or muddy” a story?
Other parts of the leaked document read like Dem strategy 101: Obsessed with trying not to appear “too liberal,” in order to attract the few Southern whites who haven’t been written off by the party completely, the Nunn campaign aims to cobble together a majority that mirrors the efforts of the party nationally.
For money, there are the Jews. The document notes that “There is tremendous financial opportunity, but the level of support will be contingent on her position [on Israel]. This applies not only to PACs, but individual donors as well.” Message to the Jews? Still to be decided, according to the document. Like the national Democrats, Nunn will apparently support Israel just enough to get American Jewish money, but no more than, as the old joke goes, “absolutely necessary.”
For actual votes, the main targets are minorities – mainly blacks and Hispanics who’ve been brainwashed into thinking Republicans are intrinsically evil – along with the usual Dem mix of gays who think voting booths are bedrooms and young single women who’d scorn to be taken care of by a man but have no problem thinking Uncle Sam should be paying for their birth control, among other things.
As to the media? The basic bias against Republicans is a fact of American political life, too, but seeing it in a Democrat’s — campaign strategy – as a accepted a part of campaigning as the weather affecting voter turnout – is an eye opener.
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