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djones520
12-17-2010, 07:18 PM
FourScore (1000+ posts) Thu Dec-16-10 11:17 PM
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OBAMA'S OFFICIAL 2008 CAMPAIGN BLOGGER: Why is Obama leaving the grass roots on the sidelines?
Why is Obama leaving the grass roots on the sidelines?
By Sam Graham-Felsen
Friday, December 17, 2010

In the wake of President Obama's deal to extend the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, pundits have focused on how Obama has alienated the left. But the issue isn't the left - it's the list.

Obama entered the White House with more than a landslide victory over Sen. John McCain. He brought with him a vast network of supporters, instantly reachable through an unprecedented e-mail list of 13 million people. These supporters were not just left-wing activists but a broad coalition that included the young, African Americans, independents and even Republicans - and they were ready to be mobilized.

I worked as Obama's chief blogger during his presidential campaign, and my primary focus was telling the stories of these supporters, many of whom had never been engaged in politics or were reengaging after years of disillusionment. There was a common thread in my conversations with the hundreds of people who gave time, sweat and small donations - that amounted to $500 million - to Obama's campaign.

They were inspired by Obama's promise to upend Washington by governing from the bottom up. "The change we need doesn't come from Washington," Obama told them. "It comes to Washington."

Yet at seemingly every turn, Obama has chosen to play an inside game. Instead of actively engaging supporters in major legislative battles, Obama has told them to sit tight as he makes compromises behind closed doors...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...




Poll_Blind (1000+ posts) Thu Dec-16-10 11:20 PM
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1. Damned good article. Everyone all the way up to Michael Moore has commented on...
...the bizarre behavior after he became president, effectively shutting the door very quickly behind him.

PB


Not THE Michael Moore?!?! :eek:


Skink (1000+ posts) Thu Dec-16-10 11:28 PM
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3. He watched aas his base stayed home for the midterms so
he figures he needs a new base.



katandmoon (1000+ posts) Fri Dec-17-10 12:00 AM
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5. He used the people he pretended were his base to get elected. Now he no longer needs to pretend.
Edited on Fri Dec-17-10 12:01 AM by katandmoon
His under-bus-tossing aim is Olympic class.


ROFL!


somone (1000+ posts) Thu Dec-16-10 11:53 PM
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4. They served their purpose
and he has moved on.


Now they're getting it!


SoCalDem (1000+ posts) Fri Dec-17-10 01:43 AM
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7. "left wing"
These people were necessary to get elected, but Obama had to know that once in, he would have to tack to the right/center to operate, and why stay in contact with millions of people who were pissed off?


http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439x25206

FDK
12-17-2010, 08:39 PM
leftstreet (1000+ posts) Fri Dec-17-10 02:04 AM
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9. He makes a good point about 2012

With Citizens United, Obama would need at least twice the money he raised from the grassroots. Plus he can't afford to let 13 million people, "once heralded as a force that could reshape politics as we know it" sit idle, then drift away.

It's so obvious to me he's not planning to run





mistertrickster (1000+ posts) Fri Dec-17-10 02:05 PM
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21. He's too arrogant not to run. He and Clinton can fill a black hole in space with their egos. nt.

Which Clinton? LOL


The meltdown continues.:D

Dan D. Doty
12-17-2010, 10:26 PM
Landslide? Must of been watching a different election :confused:

Let explain things to DU ( if they listen, its a different matter).

You see, Obama knows people on the Left will vote him and no matter how much they bitch he knows their hate will carry the day for him. Moonbats hatred of Republicans over rides everything, and everyone knows it ... expect the Moonbats.

Carol
12-17-2010, 10:52 PM
They are so mad at him, saying that he isn't doing what he said he would, and that he is dissing his base.

While there are things that he is or isn't doing that he said he would or wouldn't do, mostly the liberals are mad because most of Obama's message was hope and change and they heard what they WANTED to hear.

Now they are mad because he isn't doing what they THOUGHT they heard him say.

Kay
12-17-2010, 11:49 PM
They are so mad at him, saying that he isn't doing what he said he would, and that he is dissing his base.

And they are too stupid to realize that if he had done everything he said he would,
their pathetic lives would have only gotten much worse under his socialist polices.

Apache
12-18-2010, 09:37 AM
Grassroots now feel like grass clippings...


You twits over at the DUmp didn't think you were going to get special treatment, did you?

Bubba Dawg
12-18-2010, 10:22 AM
katandmoon (1000+ posts) Fri Dec-17-10 12:00 AM
Response to Reply #3
5. He used the people he pretended were his base to get elected. Now he no longer needs to pretend.
Edited on Fri Dec-17-10 12:01 AM by katandmoon

His under-bus-tossing aim is Olympic class.

under-bus-tossing

I love it. :D