Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Fat Tuesday Campaigning

Here I am plugging Obama at the uptown Parades on Mardi Gras day.

I have to say that I've never gotten so many throws from a sign ever! It was a great day! My unofficial poll from the reactions that I received to my sign (measured by the thumbs up gestures, head nods, and tonnage of the beads that it generated) indicates that Obama is headed for a sweep of Louisiana this coming Saturday. How strange that Louisiana's primary matters!

Best of all, I came to work today and found an announcement in my email inbox from Tulane President Scott Cowen that informed us that Barack Obama is coming to Tulane tomorrow to speak at Fogelman Arena. I have a staff meeting scheduled for that time, but since my office is just 50 paces away from Fogelman, I'm going to try to see if I can get out of it to attend the speech.

I also have some thoughts about why Hillary is doing so well among Latinos and why Obama seems to be struggling with them; but I'll share them for another posting. Suffice it for now to say two phrases: inter-ethnic rivalry (which we've heard a lot about) and Marianismo (which we've heard much less about). Food for thought.


Anonymous said...

The Marianismo idea is very interesting. I heard some interviews with Latinos on the local radio, and some of them were saying that because Hillary is a woman they expect her to have a more open heart and things like that.

Anonymous said...

Could also be the fact that Barack had a pretty conservative stance on immigration during his campaign in Illinois. It still leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but that's probably less of an influence than the other factors you mention. Can't wait to see your post about it.

Don_cos said...


You have a rather unconventional polling method, but I would bet it's more accurate then what the news groups put out.