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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Suppose They Had A Political Uprising And Nobody Noticed?

Just Last week, the White House went into campaign mode to sell its proposed budget, enlisting the same network that is used during the election. The Washington Post breathlessly detailed the mobilization:
The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee opened a new chapter Saturday in their ambitious project to convert the energy from last year's campaign into a force for legislative reform on health care, climate change, education and taxes.

More than 1,200 groups from Maine to Hawaii spent the day gathering signatures in support of Obama's economic plan, the first step in building what the White House hopes will be a standing political army ready to do battle.

Seeking to create a grass-roots force on a scale never seen before, Obama called the volunteers into action in a video message reminiscent of the 2008 contest. In defense of his budget, under attack from many quarters, he asked his supporters to go "block by block and door by door."
The theory here being, apparently, we have a cult of personality in place, so let's use it to try to scare the rest of the country into backing this economic plan. So how's that mobilization going? According to McClatchy, not so well:
WASHINGTON — President Barack 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.
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Blue Dogs [i.e., southern and rural moderate Democrats] were careful not to criticize Obama, but said they've felt little pressure from the canvassing.

Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill., once a coalition member but now vice-chair of the New Democrat Coalition, said she wasn't aware of the effort and has heard no response to it from her district.
It's nice to know that campaign tactics that work to get Democrats to the polls during primaries and election don't work nearly as well for budgets that spend us into total bankruptcy.

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