This combination of being able to access information, leverage personal relationships, and create human connections through grassroots activity has and will continue to change the political landscape. Look to the close races in Ohio and Pennsylvania, for example. In Ohio, conservative activists are taking on seasoned and entrenched unions for grassroots dominance. In Pennsylvania, Tom Smith has the Senate race tighter than anyone thought possible.
These are but two examples, but the larger theme can be found in Republican primary races, the red sweep in 2010, and the 2012 election, which will be remembered as another historic election powered by the grassroots. We’re not just seeing a qualitative advantage in our candidates; we’re adopting a qualitative advantage in our campaigning.
It is my sense that the freedom movement owns the ground game, and that will be the margin that gives Republicans control of the Senate and the White House.
Matt Kibbe is the president of FreedomWorks and author of the “Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America.”