So now, with the election over, it's time for our favorite unemployed journalist to say this:
A get out the vote operation is effective only on the margins. If you are in a close race, it can make the difference. This is why Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger raised $20 million for it, anticipating at the beginning of this year that he would be in a close race against a Democratic candidate. Which of course did not happen. The point is, unless a candidate is right there in the ballpark in a close race, GOTV doesn't make much difference. Aside from Schwarzenegger and new Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, the moderate Silicon Valley entrepreneur, California Republicans simply don't have many good candidates.
This, of course, comes two months after Bradley's long and glowing post about that same GOTV operation, called "Schwarzenegger's Secret Weapon," which couldn't be more fawning about the super-duper high-tech facility (complete with video evidence!) that will "turn out a vote not only for Schwarzenegger, but also for his ticket mates." This blowjob of an article practically gives the whole state to Republicans, and glorifies Arnold's campaign manager Steve Schmidt as the architect of the surefire GOP statewide resurgence. Now, suddenly, when it fails, it wasn't that important to begin with.
I'm telling you, there's no bigger tool in politics than this guy.