Submitted: November 7, 2012 - 8:12pm
Last updated: November 12, 2012 - 10:50pm
Chicago, IL, United States
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina promised a totally different, metric-driven kind of campaign in which politics was the goal but political instincts might not be the means. “We are going to measure every single thing in this campaign,” he said after taking the job. He hired an analytics department five times as large as that of the 2008 operation, with an official “chief scientist” for the Chicago headquarters named Rayid Ghani, who in a previous life crunched huge data sets to, among other things, maximize the efficiency of supermarket sales promotions.
Submitted: August 13, 2010 - 10:38am
Last updated: August 13, 2010 - 10:39am
President Barack Obama ran for president as a vocal supporter of "net neutrality," the principle that Internet providers should deliver all varieties of online content at equal speeds. But in response to a proposal by Google and Verizon to allow preferential content speeds over wireless and broadband, the Obama White House has decided to keep quiet.
Starting Tuesday, a group of conservative activists led by Floyd Brown, author of the famous Willie Horton ad used so effectively against Michael Dukakis in 1988, will begin a campaign to tar Obama as weak on crime and terrorism, a strategy that aims to upend Obama's relatively strong reputation among Republican voters.