". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, February 22, 2008

Creative Campaigning

If this video is playing on televisions in Texas and the Southwest .... (turn on your speakers before clicking to play the video).


It's also right out of the South American political campaign play book.

None of all the very high-priced Hillary people thought of spending any of that nearly 40 million she's spent on the campaign already on something like this.

Look at this, under the site button "NEWS" ... note the DATE:

[ Press Releases
Latino Outreach Campaign Promotes Barack Obama in Key Primary States

May 30, 2007

Nueva Vista Media, has launched an outreach campaign, “Amigos de Obama,” to promote Presidential candidate Barack Obama and motivate Latinos to vote in key primary states. The campaign’s slogan and song: “¿Cómo Se Dice… Cómo Se Llama? Obama, Obama” is featured on the website:, along with downloadable MP3, ringtones and blog. The website’s goal is to organize “Amigos de Obama” groups in key primary states where Latinos could represent the swing vote. ]

Obama's people were already considering the hispanic vote back in the spring of last year. That's almost scary, so well-organized this is. Maybe Hillary should stop talking about how much more experienced she is at running things.

"All Things Considered" at the moment is doing a story contrasting Hillary's and Obama's television ads, though the angle of the story is whether Hillary should go negative or not, in order to re-start her campaign. This ad isn't mentioned, though Hillary's greater experience is invoked in nearly every other statement.


Renegade Eye said...

The Clinton strategy is close to what Bush did 50+1, and what Rudy Giuliani did, putting resources in the big states.

Foxessa said...

Texas is a big state.

Obama spent time at street level activism and known about bottom up organization, and so, one assumes, he's got people with him from those days too.

Hillary's never done organizing at all on street level.

She did take for granted the latino vote.

In the meantime, per usual, nobody noticed, particularly in the media. In fact, even right this moment, the media hasn't noticed this Obama organization.

But that's per usual in this country. Nobody notices latino presence despite the fact that most of us eat at least one meal a day with someone who is latino or at least has parents who speak Spanish.

Love, C.

K. said...

The Obama campaign doesn't miss much. The Achilles heel of 50% + 1 is that it is susceptible to grass roots organizing, something Democrats used to excel at. The party lost its way on that one years ago, but Obama's knew how powerful it could be because of his background as a community organizer.

K. said...

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