Each step in the listen-aim-move-claim cycle connects the four external factors of a position. Listening, specifically, connects conditions on the ground to leadership. We have to rely upon the ground to tell us whether or not reality is what we think it should be or not. This makes the most interesting message from the ground are those that don't fit our preconceptions.
For example, recently local Republican committees first in N. Carolina
and most recently in Mississippi
have been running ads opposing Democratic candidates. Their secret weapon? The fact that their local candidates support Obama and, specifically, those candidates haven't made any statements denouncing Obama's minister Rev. Wright various negative statements about America, an attack that the local candidate cannot defend themselves against without dividing their own constituents. Having this occur once in interesting, but having it happen twice is a trendline. If this is happening already, before Obama is the official nominee, what does it tell us about the election in November? In terms of supporting Hillary's argument to the super-delegates about being the best candidates, this is a persuasive argument. Sun Tzu teaches us that self-interest is the most certain motivation. As elected officials, nothing is more likely to convince the super-delegates that Obama is a problem than thought about how his associations might be used against them when they run for re-election.