Imagining Past and Future – Mongol Empire

The good people of Amazing Maps gave us a view of the Mongol Empire if it re-united with modern boundaries.

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Harry Pavlides – Eulogy for a Mentor

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Harry Pavlides circa 2010

I first met Harry in 1989 at the Bernalillo County Democratic Party HQ.  It was empty that fall afternoon, and we chatted. Before I knew it, he was interviewing me to work with him.  That began a three year whirlwind of polling, canvassing, petitioning, sign ops, voter analysis, statewide campaign planning, media creation, media buying and crew supervision.  Many times I felt like I was almost drowning, but Harry not only pushed, but supported my learning.  In 1990 he took a total unknown person to within four points of defeating a well known member of the well known and loved King family.

He could make rain.

I never have known anyone else with as good a gut instinct about New Mexico politics and its waves and forces in its totality.  I have never known anyone else who combined such gut instincts with mathematical precision, and coated it in a sweet glaze of passion and idealism.  Many have one of these traits, some two, almost no one has all three.  Harry was one.

The price for that excellence was an impatience for fools, nay-sayers, and those who just didn’t “get it”.  He never held his tongue, and never really lied.  Many times, that was his Achilles heel.

Harry and I worked well together off and on for 15 years. We worked many contracts. Helped each other.  He taught me what I needed to know to become successful.  I was his shield.  It was a good pairing most of the time.

In his last years of life, he struggled with many health issues.  Many times he could barely get out of bed or walk much…..until campaign season came along.  His passion for dedicated political field operations brought the lion back each time.  Even as his body weakened, his spirit never faltered.

He ….NEVER….. gave….. up.

“And some day, in the mist of time, when they asked me if I knew you, I’ll smile and say you were a friend of mine. And the sadness will be lifted from my eyes. Oh when I’m old and wise.” – – Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise”

How GIS and Political Understanding Work Hand-In-Hand

Here is a link to great practical article on how GIS and voter analysis go hand in hand.

Do you do analysis on a regular basis before launching a new project?

How GIS is Helpful in Analyzing Voting Patterns

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Tactics Gone Wrong

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Is any advantage a good one in all circumstances?  In my mind the unequivocal answer to this question is NO!  Politics can be a rough game. Between opposition research, calling in of favors, and/or legal maneuvering, campaigns have opportunities to get a serious leg up or end another campaign entirely.  What some consultants, campaigns, and political parties lose sight of are the long term consequences of a short term gain.

When should a quick tactical move for advantage not be taken?

#1 If accomplishing your immediate goal destroys your overall messaging.

#2 If your tactical gain creates too much negative attention

#3 If your attempt at a tactical advantage has a reasonable chance of failing. (The worst of all outcomes)

Sometimes, winning the “hard way” is the best path.  Being wise about when and where is the job of a good consultant.

What color and size is your chessboard?

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It has come to my attention that many times, people attempt to deliver campaign strategy and consult in a “One Size Fits All” manner.  Usually relying on a past victory or two, the attempt is made to carbon copy such a result.  Alternatively, some give advice that amounts to General U.S. Grant’s offensive in the late US Civil War. (Build up 5 to 1 odds and charge!)

The fact is nearly no campaign is the same as the next.  Political campaigns have too many variables to take into account to create a “One Size Fits All” campaign, and few consultants get the luxury of a campaign with near limitless funding.

As a result, the smart consultant looks not only the specific campaign at hand and the specific opponents, but the nature of the political state in the surrounding area, the statewide trends, and the macro national trends. All of these things color the “chessboard” upon which your clients will move.

Without determining the size and color of your chessboard, you may find terrible inefficiencies creeping into the structure of your campaign.