We can find and rank the top 10,000, 100,000 or 1,000,000 of a candidate's supporters (or potential donors) and further break those supporters down into geographic, psychographic or demographic subgroups.
We can find the independent and Republican voters who are either likely or persuadable to change their registration to vote in a closed Democratic primary.
We can find the 2,000,000 newly enrolled voters nationwide who are most likely to support a particular candidate.
We can find every person in the country whose household income is over $200,000 and who is a likely strong supporter of a particular candidate so that the campaign can do a targeted fundraising appeal to get them to max out this quarter.
We can find 500,000 unregistered voters who are likely to be enthusiastic supporters of a candidate early enough to register them to vote.
"Michael McGuire, an analyst at Gartner, said film studios' rush to embrace BitTorrent, Joost and other startup video services reflected lessons learned from the painful experiences of music companies, who failed to embrace digital distribution models until sales of CDs had already slumped.
'The studios are realising they have to get out in front of it and create as many legitimate distribution points as they can, rather than fighting abuses all the time,' he said."
Discourse and thought about constitutional norms increasingly transcend national borders and founding documents. Spirited debate has arisen within the United States about whether and how foreign law should be utilized for purposes of construing the U.S. Constitution, but there is no doubt that citations to foreign law increasingly surface in U.S. court decisions. Less attention has been paid, however, to the larger interplay between the constitutional norms of the U.S. and other nations. What role does the U.S. Constitution play in other nations’ interpretations of their own constitutions? To what extent is that role impacted by the perceived willingness, or lack thereof, of the U.S. to look to other nations’ constitutions? What are the constitutional benchmarks for nations constructing new constitutions and how do such nations choose between them in the face of divergence? What can nations learn from one another about common constitutional controversies—such as those surrounding security initiatives as they may impact civil liberties and larger constitutional norms? This Symposium will explore these questions, gathering prominent scholars, practitioners, and judges from the U.S. and abroad in order to do so. The unifying theme will be the manner in which constitutionalism is developing, and should develop, around the world as viewed from the perspective of the U.S. and other nations with their own proud and distinct constitutional traditions.
I have to say that the politicians I have met here in NYC have been some of the most unimpressive politicians I've ever seen. To call them the Junior Varsity is an insult to High School sophomores. Is that because there aren't any talented and idealistic and charismatic people here in NY? Or is it because those people are busy doing other things? Is Barack Obama such an unusual person or is it just that he's one of the few decent people who have decided to get into politics at that level? I admit that he is immensely talented and seems like a like a decent person from my limited interaction with him, but I've met a lot of pretty amazing people in other walks of life who, although they care deeply about what is happening in the world, would never think of running for office. And that's a shame. Maybe we can do something about that.
There's a cable channel I watch that has as one of its ads a scene of a typewriter on a kitchen table. The text says something like "Jane was a lawyer who dreamed of being a novelist . . . " and the next line says "so she took six months off and wrote a book." I am hopeful that this collection of talented and idealistic and charismatic people will become inspired by all of this back and forth to write our "book." Although it seems like an enormous challenge for this small band to reverse decades of decay in the party, I think we would all sleep better if we tried.
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