Speaking of the Utter Incompetence of the "No on 8" Campaign...
by Dan Savage
on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM
The leaders of the "No on 8" campaign held a "virtual town-hall meeting" last night to discuss their botched, failed, miserable, incompetent efforts—but the organizers failed to let people know that the "proprietary software" they needed to download to participate was for Windows only, so Mac users—like, oh, Towleroad, Queerty, Sullivan, Slog, et al—were shit out of luck. "For a campaign that's been accused of being out of touch and needlessly hermetic," says Queerty, "this is—seriously, we're speechless."
What was the structure of the campaign? Committees upon committees is the short answer. "It was a two-tiered structure", says Lori Jean. "We needed everybody to raise money and organize their communities." The big committee then elected the Executive Committee: Oscar de la O, Bienestar; Maya Harris, ACLU of Northern California; Delores Jacobs, San Diego LGBT Community Center; Lorri L. Jean, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center; Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Geoff Kors, Equality California and Andy Wong of Chinese for Affirmative Action.
Lori Jean then states that you could basically buy your way into the Executive Committee with a big donation.
So, the EC became really unwieldy and the paid consultants complained that they needed a smaller, more nimble body to work with and so a "mini-EC" was created. Get all that
Ugh. And you gotta love this...
And we end this with a "How do we promote unity?" question and to his credit Geoff Kors says that "an important piece of doing that" is to reach out to new people and new communities.