Mike Huckabee News
Dec 06 2012
Many Republicans still can’t believe that they took such a drubbing in an election year they think should have been theirs. But the problem might be that they didn’t think small enough. The GOP spent millions on traditional advertising to turn out the general public while Democrats narrowly focused on specific voters in key states. The Heritage Foundation reports that after their stunning loss in 2004, the Democrats quietly started an initiative called the Analyst Institute, funded by progressives like George Soros. It’s a network of hundreds of behavioral scientists, marketing researchers and data analysts who’ve been using social media and other sources to collect minute personal details on every potential Democratic voter.
Another group called Catalyst was created to share the database only with leftwing groups like Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List. When Election Day arrived, they knew exactly which precincts could turn the election, which first-time voters were most persuadable, and exactly where to reach them. It worked so well that even though 4 million people who voted for Obama in 2008 sat this election out, the party got enough replacement voters in just the right places to win.
Now, the Republicans are faced with a hard choice. If they create a similar database of private information on potential GOP voters, it might embody everything they despise about Big Brotherism and its threat to personal freedom and the right to privacy. But if they refuse on principle to create an intrusive database of voters, they may find themselves locked out of power in a government run by the kind of people who would do it anyway, without a second thought.