Marco Rubio had a rough night on Google but Jeb Bush’s was worse The Washington Post

Source: Washington Post, Marco Rubio had a rough night on Google

The morning after the GOP Debate, the Washington Post has an article “Marco Rubio had a rough night on Google“.

It is an interesting story, but I think it misses the MOST important story from any candidates’ point of view.

If you look at the Google search peaks, BOTH peaks were when candidates related a personal story to the current political context.

THAT’s the ‘story’, if you are candidate.  THAT’s the takeaway if you are a consultant.

Please go re-read the Ozean post, “What makes a good political candidate?”  where I write the secret sauce of a campaign is “The ability to craft and tell a coherent story that emotionally connects with voters.”

With political consultants seemingly wanting to focus on data, algorithms, and shiny toys, sometimes ALL need to be reminded on the power of stories and the power of connecting.

How productive is Congress?

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Over the Thanksgiving break, I figured NOTHING could be any more frustrating than watching my Gators, so I decided to begin to tackle learning R. Part of teaching myself R is playing around with an interesting data set – Congressional Bills.  “This public resource provides information about more than 400,000 bills introduced in the U.S. Congress, currently 1947-2008, along with extensive information about each bill’s progress and sponsor.” I just started with a simple question, […]

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GOP in funny hats

The GOP nomination process is one governed by the RNC and individual states…..and people in funny hats. Through this primary process, candidates are awarded delegates by a complex, state-by-state maze. There are 2,470 delegates in total, meaning the first candidate to win 1,236 delegates will win the GOP nomination.  Easy, right? Just wait, it’s a lot more complicated. State GOP Delegates The RNC awards states delegates according to the following rules: For jurisdictions (states) with […]

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trumphair

Stop me if you have heard this before, a funny thing happened this week on talk radio. As you may know, I am the special guest on the Ward Scott Files on 980AM each Tuesday from 8a-9a in the segment we call “Political Nerd Tuesday”.  I enjoy being on the show providing analysis and discussing political strategy and polling. The Donald During this Tuesday’s show, I provided my astute analysis that Donald Trump is a bozo […]

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Political Science is Vital

This week Politico featured an article The End of the 2016 Election Is Closer Than You Think    The Politico article is a fantastic read, but doesn’t go into the particulars that I would like to explore. Yes, the Politico article in someways scooped a theme I have been working on for sometime on this blog.  In the past I have been exploring the formation of political environments and asking “Do Campaigns Really Matter?” Topic 1: […]

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congress

As you may have heard by now, Florida’s Supreme Court has ordered Florida’s Congressional districts re-drawn.  In a ruling last week (required reading for any fellow political nerds), the Florida Supremes found the “Congressional Redistricting plan adopted by the Legislature to be constitutionally invalid.” To say this shakes things up in Florida politics maybe the understatement of the year. Here is the gist from the ruling: Specifically, congressional districts 5 (Brown-D), 10 (Webster-R), 13 (Jolly-R),14 (Castor-D), […]

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Alex Patton is a weekly guest on the Ward Scott Files for “Political Nerd Tuesday” : a weekly exploration of all things related to political strategy,political polling, and political research. Below are the show notes prepared for the show.  The show notes are prepared ahead of the show and do not reflect extemporaneous discussions, but do contain links and additional information to topics discussed. You can listen to a podcast of the show at the Podcast Page […]

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newsradio-web-980am

Alex Patton is a weekly guest on the Ward Scott Files for “Political Nerd Tuesday” : a weekly exploration of all things related to political strategy, political polling, and political research. Below are the show notes prepared for the show.  The show notes are prepared ahead of the show and do not reflect extemporaneous discussions, but do contain links and additional information to topics discussed. You can listen to a podcast of the show at the Podcast […]

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pareto - effort

I’ve been thinking about the amount of effort required to have an opinion. What drove this strain of thought: I was having a conversation with a subject matter expert and I voiced my opinion. He replied, “That is certainly an opinion, but to have an accurate opinion, you need to do a lot more work.” How true. The amount of effort to have an opinion is zero.  My 11 year old son will have an opinion about anything […]

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Facebook, I partly blame you!

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I recently posted to facebook the following: Facebook is curating so much now that I am having a difficult time finding value with their product. 1) I have enjoyed FB for reconnecting me with a lot of people I went to High School with in Germany or other military duty stations. Some of these are lower intensity “friendships” in that we communicate infrequently, but I still enjoy knowing what is going in their lives and […]

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