First Post for Chris Dodd on BlueNC?

I'm still a Biden Guy, but I will admit that I've been really impressed with the campaign ideas coming out of Senator Chris Dodd's camp. Sure, I thought parts of the website were a little hokey - the "Dodd Squad" and the "Dodd Pod" get a nod - but many of us have seen the talk clocks; an Internet presence second only to that of Edwards; great use of ustream.tv; the first bare-bones, text-only "personal" e-mails; YouTube as a tool for pushing bills through Congress; and more. In the words of Marc Ambinder:

his campaign itself is near flawless; his argument is pitch-perfect and attuned to his audience ... he's the first out of the box with attractive policy ideas, like a carbon tax. And, especially for a campaign run largely by veterans of Washington, he's used emerging technologies more fruitfully than just about everyone else.

Dodd was definitely surging as my second choice due to his voting record, innovations, and subtle jabs, but his latest idea makes him a second-place lock ...

Chris Dodd wants to take you to a Red Sox game:

There's something about a Boston Red Sox playoff game at Fenway Park.

Maybe it's potentially clinching a World Series birth under the shadow of the Green Monster, the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square, or the fact that if you squint hard enough you can almost make out Carlton Fisk waving that ball inside the foul pole.

I got two extra tickets -- great seats -- to Game Six of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians next Saturday. And I believe they might have your name on them.

Here's how it works. You make a minimum contribution of $20.04 (in honor of the last time the Red Sox won the World Series, 2004) and you have as good a shot as anyone else to bring along a guest of your choice to attend the game with me.

Now, this is interesting for many reasons. Not only does the low price ($20.04) make it the cost of a glorified raffle ticket, but the prize - Game 6 of the ALCS or Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park with Senator Dodd, travel and accommodations paid - is amazing.

Also, it sets Dodd apart from Clinton and Richardson, whose lack of vision and leadership on the subject of Major League Baseball is indicative of an over-reliance on triangulation. Seriously, Bill, you can't like both the Red Sox and Yankess. It's like a BlueNC blogger giving money to Kissell and Autry. Dodd (Sox) and Biden (Bronx) are showing clear leadership by picking a team and staying with it.

Snark aside, I think the coolest thing about this is an opportunity to see a candidate in a raw state. Building a house with John Edwards, or having a videotaped dinner party with Obama ... as cool as they could be, they're still controlled environments where a presidential candidate can keep their composure. That's not true with baseball. All reports indicate that Senator Dodd is a real fan, and bound to get into the game. What it all boils down to is a unique opportunity to get closer to a "real" candidate than most people have been. Sports takes men to a spiritual plane of emotion and love and loss and vulnerability and victory not usually seen otherwise. Maybe the winner would get a glimpse of what President Dodd could be like when the pressure is on.

I had pitas with Dennis Kucinich at 1 am earlier this year, but this Dodd experience would be light years ahead of that. And I've worked for campaigns with really cool original ideas, but this takes the cake.

So, in spite of how much I'd like to raise money for Joe Biden, I have to give Dodd props and give you the chance to enter the coolest political raffle I've seen yet. If you happen to win, I'd love to join you ;-)

P.S. - If you want to keep up with the Dodd campaign, you can help me out by going here and sign up for updates (and use my name, Sam Spencer IV, as your referral code).

P.P.S - Up at KOS.

Comments

I like the idea itself

I don't like the multi-level marketing for the free entry. Edwards at least gave a simple, free entry into his contest.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Things have certainly changed.

The intertubes have really allowed people to connect with the campaigns, and yes I did say campaigns, because most of the candidates are spending every minute making fundraising phone calls and not blogging, twittering, etc.

The Dodd idea is a good one, I place it up there with the Eventful thing in Kentucky.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I get Dodd's emails, and so does my husband.

Hubby is a die-hard baseball fan - but the RED SOX? He wouldn't be allowed back in my Yankee-lovin' house if he went. :)

It is truly an innovative idea. I like the out of the box, let's try something new fund-raising idea. These are the campaigns of the future, I think.

As for Dodd himself - I have always loved him as a Senator. He has been a champion and a leader on the children's issues that are closest to my heart, and I give him props for that. I think he'd be a decent president, but he's such an effective Senator that I hate to see him leave there.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Um,,,

Sports takes men to a spiritual plane of emotion and love and loss and vulnerability and victory not usually seen otherwise

Men? Female sports fans shouldn't be judged by the least among us (Clinton). Try watching basketball with Elizabeth Edwards or Michelle Obama...I imagine you'll see women on equally high spiritual plane.

As such--that is, a woman on a spiritual plane of loss, after yet another early exit from the post-season for my beloved Yanks--there's no way I'm going to Fenway in October.

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracts. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Thank you

:)

We couldn't sit in the same room with mother when Carolina was playing basketball when I was a kid.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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We've had to explain to the kids why mommy acts that way...

when the tarheels were making their run for the championship. And, Daddy. And, Grandmommy. And, Granddaddy.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

hehehe

I know what you mean. It could get pretty rough at our house. The words coming out of my prim and proper mother's mouth would have curled a sailor's toes. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

At the school

I was at before I came back to NC to go to State, my roommate banned State games from the television for a short time, as I got a little too into them.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

I meant it in the all-of-humanity sense

Building a classical-sounding snarky narrative. A PC pronoun wouldn't have done it.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Having grown up a bit further north

than most of you - my passion is not basketball; I couldn't care less.

But don't come NEAR my tv, or me, or call me on the phone, or even breathe in my vicinity when a hockey game is on.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Im hoping

I get off work early enough to catch a late junior hockey game tonight that a friend of a coworker is playing in.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Love junior and minor league

I love it all - and am obsessed with it. Hope you enjoy the game (if you get to see it.)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi