The Game Plan for Stealing Elections?
After reading Sasha Issenberg’s 2013 book called The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, the methods, and techniques, used to manipulate the U.S. electorate and control the outcome of our elections, have become much clearer. The prologue of the book says it all: How to Win an Election Without Anyone Knowing.
The Victory Lab follows the academics and maverick operatives rocking the war room and re-engineering a high-stakes industry previously run on little more than gut instinct and outdated assumptions. Armed with research from behavioral psychology and randomized experiments that treat voters as unwitting guinea pigs, the smartest campaigns now believe they know who you will vote for even before you do. Issenberg tracks these techniques—which include cutting-edge persuasion experiments, innovative ways to mobilize voters, and heavily researched electioneering methods.
For the 2008 election, the game-changer, as Issenberg explains, occurred when Obama’s operatives began buying and integrating data from Catalist to feed Ken Strasma's algorithms to generate predictive scores on eligible voters across the country. The scores are used to isolate liberal progressives to be micro-targeted to register to vote and cast their ballots. Strasma states "We’re able to update scores in near real-time; … it will take about a third of a second for us to get a new piece of information in, for it to ripple through the system, update, and predict its scores."
As a Catalist client, and due to Calatist’s non-profit status, the Obama campaign was able to "create seamless links across the activist left, including outside groups with whom candidates were legally prohibited from coordinating directly." Catalist and Democrats bragged to Issenberg about the immediate and practical benefit of this link.
When [outside group] Democracia USA collected a new voter's registration form in Florida, Obama's targeting team often knew about it before the local board of elections. Democracia would create a record in its databases, which synced daily with Catalist servers. When the Obama campaign conducted its daily download from the Catalist database, per its contract with the information vendor, the new record would show up in VAN. The campaign could start treating the person as a voter-assigning model scores, canvassing her, communicating by mail and phone, or getting her an absentee ballot-even before the registration had been officially processed.... Republicans wouldn't have an idea the new voter existed until she went on the books.
The strength and power of Catalist are based on the huge number of groups feeding it data. Leftist players sacrifice their egos for the larger messianic call of ‘destroying Republicans’, obliterating conservatives, and ultimately gutting the Constitution. Non-profit interest groups on the left gladly feed their internal data into Catalist because it helps progressives win – period. They don’t care about profit, glory, connections, or a new car.
Fast forward to 2012. Obama's “re-election team built a vast digital data operation that for the first time combined a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before. Digital analysts predicted that 2012 would be the first election cycle in which Facebook could become a dominant political force. The social media giant has grown exponentially since the 2008 presidential election, rendering it for the first time a major campaigning tool that has the potential to transform friendship into a political weapon.
Facebook was also seen as a source of invaluable data on voters. The re-election team, Obama for America, would invite its supporters to log on to the campaign website via Facebook, thus allowing the campaign to access their personal data and add it to the central data store – the largest, most detailed, and potentially most powerful in the history of political campaigns.” This new 2012 capability was code-named Narwhal.
In 2012, Narwhal provided a single beating heart – a unified computer database that gathered and refined information on millions of committed and potential Obama voters. The database allowed staff and volunteers at all levels of the campaign – from the top strategists answering directly to Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina to the lowliest canvasser on the doorsteps of Ohio – to unlock knowledge about individual voters and use it to target personalized messages that would mobilize their voters where it counted most. The team drew much of its style and inspiration from the corporate sector, with its driving ambition to create a vote-garnering machine that is smooth, unobtrusive, and ruthlessly efficient.
What was Obama’s overall game plan and how did Narwhal improve the efficiency of the Obama campaign? There are two parts to their game plan. One is to register new, eligible-but-unregistered voters (EUV’s) and the other is to mobilize the identified liberal progressive voters to cast their ballots. Both parts of their plan begin by profiling and scoring every eligible voter across the country with Narwhal/Catalist.
For registration, only liberal progressives are targeted to register, eliminating time wasted on registering voters that would vote for the opponent. For mobilizing liberal voters, each voter is micro-targeted, through the close of the polls on election day, to make sure they cast their ballots. Once their ballot is cast, the voter is removed from the targeting list, so no additional time is spent on the voter, freeing call center resources. Early voting is a tremendous advantage – allowing targeted voters to be removed sooner, narrowing the targeting needed on election day.
Fast forward to 2020. With all of this, it still wasn’t enough to beat Trump.
In 2020, they knew they were losing. Their models predicted it. Here’s what Mollie Ball had to say in The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That S̶̶a̶̶v̶̶e̶̶d̶ Stole the 2020 Election, written in February of 2021:
“Election night began with many Democrats despairing. Trump was running ahead of pre-election polling, winning Florida, Ohio, and Texas easily and keeping Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania too close to call. But Podhorzer was unperturbed when I spoke to him that night: the returns were exactly in line with his modeling.
He had been warning for weeks that Trump voters’ turnout was surging. As the numbers dribbled out, he could tell that as long as all the votes were counted, Trump would lose. The liberal alliance gathered for an 11 p.m. Zoom call. Hundreds joined; many were freaking out. “It was really important for me and the team in that moment to help ground people in what we had already known was true,” says Angela Peoples, director for the Democracy Defense Coalition. Podhorzer presented data to show the group that victory was in hand.”
So, late into the election night, and into the wee hours of the morning, and for weeks to come, they pulled out all stops. They had to pull out the suitcases of ballots out from under the tables in Georgia after they officially stopped counting and Republicans were not present. They had to bring a big rig of ballots into Pennsylvania. They had to move machines and burn the evidence in Delaware County, PA. They had to adjudicate Trump votes to Biden. And the list goes on.
Our elections are RIGGED and have been for a long time! Every voting-age adult is being profiled. Those with left-leaning politics are being targeted, manipulated, and tracked to ensure they cast their ballots themselves. If not cast, my guess is, that the mules then take over and cast the still outstanding ballots. But it is just a guess…
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