Please note that the above is simply "a" plan. Events can and, we suspect, will alter this plan significantly. We intend to pursue this plan as faithfully as we can and to advise you how things are going as time goes on. But, in the real world of politics, things can happen very rapidly. Already, the
- THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL we have on the Net at the moment is word-of-mouth. Lacking the formally announced candidacy of Ms. Winfrey, the best way we can convince her that it is time to run is the united voice of hundreds of thousands of people willing to work toward that end, both by writing letters and spreading the word. So, tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your customers, co-workers, colleagues...tell EVERYONE you encounter. If you pruchase one of our Oprah for President t-shirts, you can become a walking billboard. Before this draft effort can break-out into the mainstream media...who are still in control...we have to create a mighty "buzz" of conversation and discussion of the possible Oprah candidacy. Spread the word.
Note: This has already started, but the offline media can not be trusted to do anything positive for our effort. We still need to harness the Power of the Net.
- If you haven't already, become a volunteer in the Oprah for President campaign. We need many people to fill decentralized leadership positions as well as specific types of labor, like publicity, writing, research, fundraising, etc. All volunteers should take part in recruiting others.
Note: In 2000 we suggested that Oprah run as a Reform Party Candidate, since Ross Perot had already satisfied the ballot placement requirements. This is will probably not be true in 2008, so we may also need volunteers to get ballot petitions signed.
- The Internet is going to be the force that binds us all together. If you have not already done so, go to our sign up form and register as a volunteer. Also, tell as many of your friends and acquaintances as you can to do the same. We would like to have one million volunteers, covering all fifty states, signed up by November, 2006. We believe that this will be sufficient evidence of grassroots support to convince even the most skeptical that Oprah is a viable candidate for president. The Net can unite us and keep us united. Once you have signed up, you will be sent a letter of introduction. This letter will be followed by many others, on a regular basis, so that you can keep in constant touch with how the effort is going. Within a few weeks, we will start sending specific "marching orders" depending upon your geographical location. This is because the political needs differ from state to state, district to district. Oprah volunteers can and should assist these efforts any way we can. We want and need it to become a place where people can argue, cuss and holler about what is being done. Right now, a few of us are providing all the ideas for moving forward. YOU need to become part of that process.
Note: When organizing begins to gather steam, the main stream media will treat it as a joke. DO NOT BE TAKEN IN BY THIS! We are certain that there is enormous support for an Oprah candidacy out there. Everything we have seen in 2000 and 2005 supports this conclusion.
- Finally, by all means write a letter to Oprah herself, telling her why you want her to run...and WIN! Patrick Crowe has hit on a perfect method to convince her to do so. It is up to us to see that her mailbox is filled with our pleas from now until election day 2008.
Note: Patrick's book lays this this strategy in detail. One way you can assist...Patrick has already laid out $80,000 of his own money to start the effort rolling...is to purchase this book and do your part to start the ball rolling, all for the price of a first class stamp and a few minutes of your time.