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Tags: Scotland | independence | UK | Cameron

Scottish 'Yes' Campaign Pulled Page from Obama Playbook

Scottish 'Yes' Campaign Pulled Page from Obama Playbook
Yes supporters gather outside the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:11 AM EDT


The campaign for Scottish independence is taking a cue from one of the most successful political playbooks in history — that of President Barack Obama, the National Review reports in a column by John Fund.

Obama's highly mobilized and connected "Yes We Can" effort when he first ran for office remains a symbol of grassroots organization, and one that some in Scotland have seemed to emulate as voters there raised "Yes" cards for the cameras and used Obama-esque buzzwords like "hope" and "change," The Guardian said.

The "Yes Scotland" campaign has also been viewed as more modern, creating conversations among voters about their future — and moving national dialogue across class and generational lines, the Guardian noted.

The latest polls found the country divided as voters cast ballots Thursday in a national referendum watched around the world, and most acutely by Brits, many of whom cast a weary eye on independence victory, which would ultimately see Scotland leave the United Kingdom.

"If the 'yes' campaign seeking independence for Scotland secures a majority, it will herald the most dramatic constitutional change in Britain since the two countries united in 1707," The New York Times wrote of the election's significance as a record turnout was expected.

"The repercussions would be momentous, creating the world’s newest state and ending a union that once oversaw an empire and triumphed in two world wars," the Times noted in its coverage.

If the "yes" campaign succeeds, there would likely be another 18 months of national debate as the nation determines how it would separate its currency as well as issues of national finance like taxation, the Huffington Post said.

The shake-up could also impact British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose term is up next year.

"Even if Cameron survives until the next election in 2015, he will likely be punished at the polls for the breakup," the Post wrote, suggesting that his career likely hangs in the balance.

There is also the possibility of the "domino effect," as other European nations watch closely the action in Scotland and seek to replicate the independence bid in their own countries should "yes" voters prevail, the BBC reported.


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The campaign for Scottish independence is taking a cue from one of the most successful political playbooks in history - that of President Barack Obama.
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