…Demoralized as Hell : AH Squad Leader Edition

by Datechguy | July 17th, 2012

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...Demoralized as Hell : AH Squad Leader Edition

He wasn’t wast­ing his money. A candidate’s assess­ment of his chances was dis­creetly checked and rechecked through other sources…if a report was highly unfa­vor­able, so was Johnson’s response: Noël P. Fox Demo­c­ra­tic can­di­date in Michigan’s Ninth Dis­trict, told John­son that he was lead­ing by 1,500 votes, but John­son knew bet­ter (Fox in fact was to lose by 12,000); “None,” he wrote next to Fox’s name.

Robert Caro  Lyn­don John­son The Path to Power 1982

The old Avalon Hill gam­ing com­pany cre­ated some of the most amaz­ing mil­i­tary sim­u­la­tion games in his­tory from the Siege of Jerusalem to the Arab Israeli Wars, the great­est of these games was a World War 2 infantry game called Squad Leader.

The game pieces rep­re­sented indi­vid­ual squads of 3 – 12 men and sin­gle pieces rep­re­sent­ing the Squad Leader after whom the game was named.

The leader piece and the morale sys­tem was the great­est inno­va­tion in war-​gaming. The entire game mechan­ics was about keep­ing the morale of the troops high enough to keep fight­ing. If you lost your morale and couldn’t rally them, you could not win, PERIOD.

Which brings us to again to Bain and the Obama Campaign.

Yes­ter­day I talked about how the Bain attacks were all about keep­ing big donors giv­ing, but as any cam­paign per­son can tell you while money is vital to a cam­paign it can’t do everything.

With allies like the Unions and groups like ACORN you can pro­duce astro­turf to make a protest but all of those things require either money to pay such peo­ple or intim­i­da­tion to make sure peo­ple show. I never for­got meet­ing a Union Stew­ard who was check­ing to see which of his mem­bers showed up for a rally for Coak­ley in Worces­ter and who did not.

A cam­paign sim­ply can’t sur­vive if they have to pay for each and every indi­vid­ual doing the grunt work you must have Vol­un­teers moti­vated to do these things. With­out the vol­un­teer foot sol­diers, will­ing to knock on doors, will­ing to hold the signs, will­ing to do all of the small things a cam­paign falters.

Vol­un­teers give the sin­gle most valu­able thing a human has, the one thing he can’t cre­ate more or earn more of. The one thing he can never get back TIME.

While there are a few roman­tic quixotic types out there. It is almost impos­si­ble to get peo­ple to give that time if they believe there is no chance for vic­tory. Even the true believ­ers once they fig­ure there is no chance, will move on to the next campaign.

And that’s the 2nd rea­son why the Obama cam­paign is going all in.

The money prob­lem is huge and may already be insur­mount­able for the president’s re-​election cam­paign, but if the foot sol­diers decide this elec­tion is over at best they might end up on a local, state or con­gres­sional cam­paign, at worst, they’ll just go home they might even not vote.

So the Obama cam­paign will burn money and keep burn­ing it as long as they can, because the moment the stop the truth of these words become clear

“Ride right through them, they’re demor­al­ized as hell”!

their squads of vol­un­teers will dis­ap­pear from the board, never to return.
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He wasn’t wasting his money.  A candidate’s assessment of his chances was discreetly checked and rechecked through other sources…if a report was highly unfavorable, so was Johnson’s response: Noel P. Fox Democratic candidate in Michigan’s Ninth District, told Johnson that he was leading by 1,500 votes, but Johnson knew better (Fox in fact was to lose by 12,000); “None,” he wrote next to Fox’s name.

Robert Caro  Lyndon Johnson The Path to Power 1982

The old Avalon Hill gaming company created some of the most amazing military simulation games in history from the Siege of Jerusalem to the Arab Israeli Wars, the greatest of these games was a World War 2 infantry game called Squad Leader.

The game pieces represented individual squads of 3-12 men and single pieces representing the Squad Leader after whom the game was named.

The leader piece and the morale system was the greatest innovation in war-gaming. The entire game mechanics was about keeping the morale of the troops high enough to keep fighting. If you lost your morale and couldn’t rally them, you could not win, PERIOD.

Which brings us to again to Bain and the Obama Campaign.

Yesterday I talked about how the Bain attacks were all about keeping big donors giving, but as any campaign person can tell you while money is vital to a campaign it can’t do everything.

With allies like the Unions and groups like ACORN you can produce astroturf to make a protest but all of those things require either money to pay such people or intimidation to make sure people show. I never forgot meeting a Union Steward who was checking to see which of his members showed up for a rally for Coakley in Worcester and who did not.

A campaign simply can’t survive if they have to pay for each and every individual doing the grunt work you must have Volunteers motivated to do these things. Without the volunteer foot soldiers, willing to knock on doors, willing to hold the signs, willing to do all of the small things a campaign falters.

Volunteers give the single most valuable thing a human has, the one thing he can’t create more or earn more of. The one thing he can never get back TIME.

While there are a few romantic quixotic types out there. It is almost impossible to get people to give that time if they believe there is no chance for victory. Even the true believers once they figure there is no chance, will move on to the next campaign.

And that’s the 2nd reason why the Obama campaign is going all in.

The money problem is huge and may already be insurmountable for the president’s re-election campaign, but if the foot soldiers decide this election is over at best they might end up on a local, state or congressional campaign, at worst, they’ll just go home they might even not vote.

So the Obama campaign will burn money and keep burning it as long as they can, because the moment the stop the truth of these words become clear

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

their squads of volunteers will disappear from the board, never to return.
———-

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For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.

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