As a entrepreneur, you typically do four things when you're contemplating a new business venture;
- Research the market you're considering for the potential opportunity.
- Identify the current market leaders and find out everything you can about them.
- Find experts in that market that can consult, advise and shorten your learning curve.
- Get your checkbook or Line of Credit ready!
I thought those guidelines would apply to politics as well as business and that's how this website came into being. What I've learned up to this point about the transformation of Colorado in just a few short years from deep red to bright blue is stunning. It didn't happen by accident. It's the direct result of brilliant, disciplined business principles applied to the political structure of Colorado government. What's even more remarkable is that this transformation was orchestrated by just four people!
They're commonly known today as the 'Gang of Four' and their story is told in the book "The Blueprint' How the Democrats Won Colorado". It is a MUST read if you're really serious about understanding your opponent and how to construct a strategy to beat them. You can get it as an e-book at the Apple store as well as Kindle.
The book was an absolute eye opener for me. I had no idea of the financial firepower and brainpower we were facing. If it weren't for their ideology, I'd be tipping my hat to them for what they accomplished in Colorado in just a few short years. They've perfected the tactics of what's now called 'The Colorado Blueprint' and are exporting it around the country as the model for turning red states blue.
All three men (Jared Polis, Tim Gill, Rutt Bridges) are self-made millionaires. As a businessman, I have nothing but respect for their individual accomplishments. But these guys are not your typical, garden variety millionaires. In the millionaires hierarchy you have millionaires at the base of the pyramid. The next rung up and more exclusive, you have the 10X millionaire club. A couple of steps up and in much more rarified air, you'll find the 100X millionaire club. And at the top of the pyramid, high above the clouds you'll find the few; multiple 100X millionaires. These are the guys working on their applications to the billionaires club.
The reason I'm telling you this is because not one, not two but all THREE of these men belong to the multiple 100X millionaires club. They're extremely smart, incredibly rich, supremely self confident. So confident that they have no problem revealing the thoughts, objectives and gameplan they devised and successfully executed to turn Colorado from red to blue in less then ten years.
Why would they give away their 'secret sauce'? Because they're not afraid of us. Here's a quote from page 118 in the book;
When asked why Republicans have nothing like ProgressNow, Huttner's words almost sound like friendly advice to conservatives..."They underestimated the importance of technology and tried to write it off as a liberal fad until Obama. Now they're trying to catch up. They've got a ways to go. These are tools that anyone can use and there's no reason these tools couldn't be used by right-wingers."
I have to say, as a life long athlete, I admire the cajones! They're giving us their playbook. They're daring us to compete, to step into the political ring and try to beat them, straight up.
So I am, starting with this website, my understanding now of their thinking and how I believe we can beat such accomplished opponents.
If you're a boxing fan (my dad was a professional fighter in his younger days, trained by Cus D'Amato, Mike Tyson's trainer), go back to the night of October 30,1974 the 'Rumble In The Jungle.' The unbeatable giant, George Foreman, 40-0 and in his prime versus an aging, over the hill Mohammed Ali.
If you saw the fight, you witnessed the impossible. It wasn't youth that beat Foreman that night. It wasn't superior strength or even better boxing skills. It was the STRATEGY that some to this day still believe Ali made up on the fly as Foreman beat the bejesus out of him for four rounds. It's forever known now as the 'rope-a-dope' and led to Ali shocking the world and KO'ing a punched out, exhausted George Foreman in the 8th round.
I've got my own Colorado version of 'rope-a-dope' recall strategy that I'll outline in detail in my next report. Long shot? Yes. Odds of succeeding? Questionable. Worth a try, Colorado? Ask Ali.