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The biggest mistake I see many make when trying to sell the Democrats is to call the prospects stupid, and tell them buying the product is the only way they can stop being stupid, apparently thinking the prospects will immediately reach for their wallets and say “where do I sign”?
Of course, that result only happens in salespeople’s dreams – and is the reason 90 percent of people who go into sales never make any money at the job.
There is also a (real life) tried and true technique in sales and marketing that the democrats could try: the top sales producers in any industry constantly critique themselves and ask themselves “If I’m not getting the results I want to get, what am I doing to get the results I am getting?”
Instead of asking themselves what they are doing to produce the results they are getting (dropping support) – and they are producing those results whether they want to or not – Democrats and their supporters are taking the easy route of blaming the voters (their prospects) and treating the voters as if they are stupid.
Most people can easily see through it when someone tries to “take” them, I think, and they simply hold onto their wallets and walk out of the store. They go looking for someone who will sell them what they want, instead of pitching them on ‘buy from me because the other guys are selling junk’.
People want to hear why they should buy a product, they want to hear what it will do for them. AND they want a demonstration and a history of it doing what it is claimed it will do. People don’t buy products simply because the salepeople tell them another product is crap.
Obama himself could not only save the democrats in the midterms but he could probably give them a larger majority – but he can only do that with action – by starting to produce something, anything, progressive that it was expected they would produce but haven’t – and the votes Democrats need to save their Congressional majority would immediately follow.
Obama and the Democrats could have independents and liberals all across the country rewarding them for results instead of turning their backs on empty promises and the largest landslides in history this November with just a few simple moves.
Creating and passing an actual, real, universal single payer health care bill and rolling back the bailout of the insurance industry for example might do it all by itself, for example.
Although they could probably sew it right up it for themselves by also starting torture and war crimes trials for Bush and Cheney, while withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan and breaking up the big Wall Street investment banks and doing Ken Lay numbers on Goldman Sachs‘s Lloyd Blankfein and Magnetar‘s Alec Litowitz, while firing Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, and Rahm Emanuel, and now Robert Gibbs, too.
They’ve got a whole month, after all.
Democrats are smart people, right? They should be at least half as smart as all those independent and progressives who won’t vote for them unless they do those things, right?
It’s all on Obama and the Democrats – but if he and they don’t produce something, anything, progressive to pull it out in November it will be their own fault. Not the fault of those progressives and independents and liberals whose votes they will not have if they don’t produce.
They have a month. I’d suggest they get busy.
GOTV, Mr. Obama.
Hoyer: House Vote On Tax Cuts For The Middle Class “A Specious Act”
Sept. 27, 2010
Exhibit A for why the Dems will get creamed in November, Steny Hoyer:
WALLACE: Why not pass the extension of the middle-class tax cuts before you go home to campaign for a month?
HOYER: The obstruction is in the Senate. Well, it would be a specious act for us. [. . .] But what we have — what is not a specious act, Chris, is we have absolutely guaranteed that there will be no increase in middle-income taxes. The president’s that. The speaker and I have said that. Harry Reid and Dick Durbin have said that. There will be no increase…
It would be a specious act not to.
GOTV, Mr. Obama
…..that is being played on them.
Obama and leadership Dems are loyal to big donors and Wall St, that is why they won’t rescind Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
If McCain was now president very, very little would actually be different, we have Obama to thank for that.
… you dissed the Steny.
leadership pac, where they re distribute it to other candidates
#1 is Insurance
beer whine, er, wine, liquor
oil and gas
casinos and gambling
number one PAC donation category is Health
these poor people do not need anything done to their tax status
American Academy of Dermatology Assn $5,000
American Academy of Family Physicians $7,500
American Academy of Neurology $2,000
American Academy of Ophthalmology $7,500
American Academy of Otolaryngology $2,500
American Assn for Vascular Surgery $1,000
American Assn of Clinical Urologists $10,000
American Assn of Neurological Surgeons $5,000
American Assn of Nurse Anesthetists $2,500
American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons $10,000
American Chiropractic Assn $4,500
American College of Cardiology $7,500
American College of Emergency Physicians $2,500
American College of Physicians Services $6,500
American College of Radiology $6,500
American College of Surgeons Prof Assn $2,500
American Dental Assn $10,000
American Gastroenterological Assn $2,000
American Medical Assn $5,000
American Medical Group Assn $1,000
American Nurses Assn $2,500
American Optometric Assn $2,500
American Osteopathic Assn $4,000
American Physical Therapy Assn $2,000
American Podiatric Medical Assn $7,500
American Psychiatric Assn $10,000
American Soc Cataract/Refractive Surgery $5,000
American Society of Anesthesiologists $10,000
American Society of Plastic Surgeons $5,000
American Society/Therapeutic Radiology $5,000
Assn for the Advancement of Psychology $3,000
College of American Pathologists $5,000
National Assn of Spine Specialists $5,000
National Community Pharmacists Assn $6,500
OB-GYN PAC $2,500
Renal Physicians Assn $1,500
Society of Thoracic Surgeons $7,500
They are thinking of doing a vote as a symbolic gesture, according to Hoyer.
when you consider the size of the freaking problems –
health care employs millions,
education employs millions,
security defense employs millions,
financing and banking employs millions,
housing employs millions,
I honestly expected that,
IF Obama had great tactics, great strategy and great messaging,
THEN we’d be lucky to begin to make a dent in ANY of 1 of the Big problems!
I got a gut that tells me that 10’s of millions of people would have said – “things are f’d up AND the thieving bastards are thieving AND this guy is trying to stop their thieving AND he needs MY help and AND I’m gonna pitch in…”
WTF were the tactics? sell out to fucking LIE-berman and max and mitch steny and bonehead? or was that the strategy? it was the messaging too?
Fuck Obama – he belongs in the same shit pile as Dukakis, Kerry, Gore, Clinton I & II & XXVLMCI …
who are not exactly pleased by their performance is, basically, “Lie back, and think of England”?!
I mean, we are voting for ’em (and don’t forget your local state legislature either; it was a census year, which means gerrymandering rights are at stake) and we are working for ’em, but they keep treating us like we’re some sort of infection.
At a time when money and time are short for a lot of people, why piss off the ones most likely to sell good news, if they had any?
. . . we have no obligation to fight (any more) for him (and all those Vichy Dems).
As for taking one’s ball and going home, well, hell, we certainly can’t do that; the Administration, GOP and Vichy Dems took our ball back in January 2009 and have been playing with it ever since. And they’ve never seen fit to share (remember when Single Payer wasn’t even allowed to be a topic for discussion at the 2009 Senate HCR Hearings?). This playground’s really beginning to suck.
I have decided to go into the sales business – selling clues for teh clueless.
I think the Inner Beltway looks like the Promised Land.