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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Obama's "Grass-Roots" Cultists Seem to be Ignored... as Predicted

Looks like the OFA isn't having quite the effect that Obama's people were hoping. This article from McClatchy via Michelle Malkin talks about how Congress isn't feeling much (or any) heat from the OFA's campaign to annoy the citizenry.

According to the article's writers (credited David Lightman and William Douglas) "Obama's army of canvassers fanned out across the nation over the weekend to drum up support for his $3.55 trillion budget, but they had no noticeable impact on members of Congress, who on Monday said they were largely unaware of the effort.
"'News to me," said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, a House Budget Committee member, of the canvassing. Later, his staff said that his office had heard from about 100 voters.

"The president's lieutenants tried to open a new front in the "Obama revolution," the grassroots mobilization that propelled the once little-known Illinois senator to the White House last year. David Plouffe, who ran Obama's campaign, now runs "Organizing for America" out of the Democratic National Committee. It uses the same Web-based tactics that won the presidency to mobilize public opinion behind Obama's initiatives in a bid to redefine "business as usual" in Washington."

And later this analysis:
"'You live in Terre Haute, Indiana, or suburban Denver, and someone you don't know knocks on the door and talks politics — the election is over," said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Connecticut. "I'm not sure if it will make a big difference.'"

You know, I love the Terre Haute and suburban Denver references... I mean I suppose if you live somewhere big and self-important like New York or L.A. (my old hometown) you're just so politically aware all the time... But maybe Brown was just using Indiana and Colorado as examples of typical America and I'm just being unfair. I hope so.

Another factor in their ineffectiveness, I think, is the basic socialist protocol of disinterest in government. I mean you want the government to be big and take care of you, not to pester you with budget campaigning. Honestly, the only time that many people pay much attention to or possess much passion about government is when they resist or oppose it. With Pelosi and Obama elected and running the show, the attitude is "save us now," not reactionary political activism.

Still, things can change. And the OFA is a worrisome bunch based on their Obama-first loyalty and fawning website. If Obama can figure out how to use the OFA effectively or the political stars align again for their current strategies to be effective, they could be a real factor.

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