Do You Have What It Takes to Be A Guerilla-Style Campaign Manager?
This post was supposed to be entitled “Practical Tips to Gordon’s Budding Campaign Managers”. But I kinda figured anyone who gets hold of this can just remove Gordon’s name and replace it with their candidate’s name. Not a biggie – hindi ako madamot.
Situation Analysis ala Barbero
It is less than a month before people take to the polls on May 10. Various parties are raising the specter of failure of elections – INSTEAD OF ENSURING ITS SUCCESS. Ang Pinoy nga naman – kahit sa pagconduct ng election – kanya-kanya pa rin. Each of the political camps raise the bogey of Arroyo’s extension – instead of getting their shi*t together and ensure a smooth and peaceful transition of authority. But we know all that sh*t – and this post isn’t about the emo-laden voters who vacillate between Erap-Villar-Aquino as if the three were the only candidates in the running. Is it me or are this people in a state of hypnosis induced by repetitive exposure to toilet humor, telenovelas, and 3rd rate blue movies filled with fair-skinned tisoy and tisay? Analysis of the Philippine electoral situation? Quite normal – all effed up.
Running a political campaign for your candidate need not be expensive and high profile. There are activities which are doable and are probably within the sphere of the average Juan de la Cruz’ capabilities. As the election draws near, it will be to the campaigner’s, to your advantage, to have a toolkit of tactics and activities which can be combined at will, into a cost-effective plan for generating awareness, interest, and desire to elect Gordon or the candidate of your choice.
Look at this way, there is a science behind political campaigns. Know the science so you can take control of the agenda – efficiently, at minimal cost, and the greatest impact. As a campaign team leader or member you are in a position to make things happen – and your role is one of the most important roles in the campaign.
Create Your Own Breaks and Seize the Moment
At this point of the timeline leading to the election, the issues are pretty much laid out and the work is cut out for the heavy lifting come crunch time. My take is that while Aquino and his Yellow Mob are coming up with alibis for failure, seize the initiative and demonstrate the loser-mentality posturing of the Aquino camp. Note how the once smug candidate has degenerated into a whining toddler upon seeing lackluster polling trends.
With more reason for Gordon partisans to chip at the edges. Ask harmless questions – stupid questions even – like, if Teodoro becomes President, why should he hand over control to Arroyo? Come to think of it, the canard then was that Arroyo will be an FVR puppet – she wasn’t.
Review of Tactics, Methods, Approaches
This post is a compilation of practical tips from a Professional Political Campaign Manager. I have compiled the video blogs into one easy point of access for our Transformer Campaign Teams.
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : How to Plan a Political Campaign
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : How to Staff a Political Campaign
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : How to Choose a Candidate for a Political Campaign
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : How to Find Volunteers for a Political Campaign
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : How to Set Up Office for a Political Campaign
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : Using House Parties for Political Campaigns
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : Using Advocacy Groups for a Political Campaign
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : How to Find Free Media for Political Campaigns
How to Run for Office: Political Campaign Tips : Printing Needs for a Political Campaign
Tom Jensen on running a local campaign
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Nurturing the Targets – From Awareness to Action
Clearly, political campaigning is not just an angst-laden emo-fuelled activity. It becomes so by design of the campaign managers of the respective camps. To negate or to trump the oligarch media-fuelled campaign of Noynoy, Villar, and Estrada – Gordon’s campaign managers need to be more creative and proactive. A family/community-centric Gordon campaign also provides a stark contrast to the 4Gs of trapo politics, Kris Aquino, ABS-CBN dancers and talents.
House parties, cookouts, picnics, potlucks, family-centric activities can disrupt the formation of mobs – that’s the first step.
Next is to cut off the constant stream of media ads.
Once the targets have been isolated and prevented from forming mobs (meaning you are all in the kitchen) – deliver the payload.
There are many ways to skin this election – if you don’t have money, at the very least use your creativity, your ability, and reach out to family and community. This is your moment to rage against the oligarch machinery, vote with your remote, take control of the debate.
Dare to engage in political struggle, dare to lose, dare to win, dare to take action, dare to campaign, GO GORDON!