Doug Bennett is running a (hold your hat there GOPers) "grassroots" campaign for a City Council seat in the city of Boston. Of course a Republican winning a political office in Massachusetts these days is as likely as your 401K allowing you to retire before you hit 80. Undaunted however, he's knocked on 26,000 doors since May and the election isn't until next November. He calls, sends letters and has face to face meetings with potential voters.
Repubs have the reputation of staying at arms length from the hoi poloi - preferring brie and Chardonnay to Cheez Whiz and a beer, but it appears giving the recent drubbing at the polls, a new approach may be needed. Doug here may be on to something. If you feel that the media is likely to pull a Palin on you, get out there and meet the peeps. Could work.
It's a year away, but we're going to keep an eye on this guy.