Mission is the core of a strategic position and defines the other four elements: climate, ground, leadership, and methods. The connection between mission and ground is especially important. Recently, we discussed how unity from a shared mission creates strength
and how spread-out ground positions are inherently weak.
There is a strong connection between these two issues. This is illustrated by the Obama statements about small-town PA people to contributors in San Francisco. This is less about Obama's elitism than it is about the deep division in the Democratic Party between the blue-collar, union older Democrats who are Hillary supporters and the younger, urban professionals who are Obama supporters. In talking to his supporters using their world view, he cannot help but alienate the other half of the party. Obamaâ€™s urban sensibilities are not a problem with his core supporters who share the same feelings. Their wealth is what allows Obama to run a constant stream of television commercials in places like Pennsylvania. In talking to his supporters using their world view, Obama cannot help but alienate the other half of the party. Hillary has the same problem of alienating the young, urban professional by catering to blue-collar sentiments. Unfortunately for Hillary, they are not as wealthy as Obama's half of the party.
Update: Love this article about Obama's cultural disconnect
. The money quotes:
Speaking to small-town voters in Iowa last year, he [Obama] asked, "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?"
While Republicans tend to nominate their best-known candidate from previous nomination battles (Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and now John McCain), Democrats often fall in love during a first date. They are then surprised when all the relatives don't think he's splendid.