( – promoted by mooncat)
What gets people to come out to a political event?
This past Saturday (4/21/07) we had the Madison County Democratic Reunion at the Aunt Eunice Memorial park next to the Huntsville Depot. The weather was beautiful, the venue is pretty neat (pre-Civil War railroad station, engines, caboose, tracks, roundhouse – what’s not to love!!), we had live music, we had some great elected Democrats (Ron Sparks! Parker Griffith! Sue Schmitz! Fran Hamilton! Lynda Hall! Billy Bell! You were there, we saw ya!!), we had free food, we had a 2008 Presidential Straw Poll, and we mailed postcards to the every Madison County Democrat we know, and lots who we don’t know. There were also ads in the Huntsville Times and the Speakin’ Out News. But, turnout was down from last year. How do you motivate Democrats?
How do you herd old cats, or young ones for that matter?
Now, to provide the facts, since we are reality-based Democrats:
This event was concurrent with local Earth Day celebrations, so we cut off part of one natural audience.
Beautiful weather is a two-edged sword. A lot of people see nice weather like Saturday and think of the lake or the golf course or the garden. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!!
Last year was an election year, so we should expect to be down relative to last year since the “ambient” political involvement is lower in an off year than in an election year.
The Alabama legislature has blown some of the 2006 Democratic momentum by voting themselves a pay raise early in the session (if not the first thing!) thus decreasing enthusiasm for politics. Bless Thier Hearts!!
There is a local deannexation controversy, also involving the Legislature and Alabama Senate Democrats where there is a widespread perception of bad behavior,thus decreasing enthusiasm for politics.
Bless Thier Hearts!!
Still, we’re missing something I think. Any Suggestions? You don’t have to be from Alabama to make them – I only moved here 25 years ago so I am a recent immigrant!!