This is the first thing that the Dems are talking about in 2008 that actually scares me. Mike Dukakis is talking about building a real national precinct organization:
"We have to organize every damn precinct in the United States of America—all 185,000,” Mr. Dukakis said. “I’m serious. I’m deadly serious. I didn’t do it after the primary [in 1988]. Don’t ask me why, because that’s the way I got myself elected from the time I was running for town meeting in Brookline to the time I ran for governor.”
What’s he talking about?
“I’m talking about every precinct,” he said, “with a precinct captain and six block-captains that make personal contact with every single voting household. And I mean starting a year in advance. I’m not talking about parachuting in with two weeks to go. That’s baloney. And these people are people who’ve got to be from the precinct, of the precinct, look like the precinct and talk like the precinct.”
The real "idea" behind the RNC’s 72 hour program is: live voter-to-voter contact works. If the Dems actually built this, it would be transformative in American politics because this stuff actually works and turns out votes. Especially when tied into the government (usually corruptly) so that people get city services or no parking tickets if they support the incumbents.
What’s more, I bet that you can do this with soft money. George Soros, Tim Gill, and their buddies could turn on the tap, and it would be almost lights out.