Sen. Obama needs to improve his organization too, Mr. Dukakis said. “Obama hasn’t done anywhere near as good a job at the precinct level in the primary states as I would have expected,” he said. “There was no precinct-based organization in Massachusetts. None.”
“Kitty Dukakis has been contributing to Obama since last spring,” he said, referring to his wife, “an Obama fanatic.” “She’s never received an e-mail saying, ‘Will you be a precinct captain?’ And the guy’s got, what, 1,200,000 contributors-every one of whom, in my judgment, by this time should have been enlisted at putting together a 200,000-precinct, 50-state operation. I don’t know why that hasn’t happened.”
“I think we’ve got to be laying the groundwork for this 50-state campaign,” he said. “I don’t mean call 25 of your friends. That is not a precinct-based grassroots organization. Precinct-based is a precinct captain and six block captains for every precinct, accountable and reporting in every Sunday night-how many 1’s, how many 2’s, how many 3’s, how many 4’s. And thanks to [the Internet] you can do this for nothing.”
Is this true? Forget that mularkey about a preacher and bowling. Is it true that Obama had no precinct-level organizing across Mass? Because precinct-level organizing trumps media bias (who gets the donuts?) on Election Day, and if Obama hasn’t done this kind of organizing in the primary states, he better drop everything and start now.
So, local Obama campaigners, is it true? I think cities like Cambridge, Boston and Somerville had precinct-based organizations, but what about Natick & Marlborough & other towns outside the urban areas?