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Obama Getting His Ground Game Running

by Keith Koffler on May 27, 2011, 7:25 pm

The Obama campaign today sent this video out to its vast email list as part of its effort recruit volunteers. I thought you might want to see what’s going on.

The campaign seems well organized and is trying to get a very early start getting its ground operation up and running. This is the first phase of the operation – in addition to raising money for Obama and the DNC. The Obama campaign is using the phrase”Are You In?” to get commitments from volunteers. Training starts this summer.

The Republican National Committee is still recovering from the Michael Steele years. But if Republicans think they can beat Obama with a bunch of money-siphoning groups that put up an ad war campaign to try to destroy the president, they’re mistaken.

They will need to galvanize the loosely affiliated organizations and Tea Party members into their own ground war which, given the passion of the opposition to Obama, can become a powerful force. But it needs to be organized. I’m not seeing that.

The video below shows Mitch Stewart, who is now labeled “Battleground Director” for the campaign. He has been in charge of keeping Obama’s personal political army, Organizing for America, active during the two and a half years following the election.

{ 16 comments }

Flash May 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

The young man on this video is a very effective communicator for the current President. But what a shame that he is shilling for an empty suit. Son, wake up and put your talents behind someone who is worthy!

Keith Koffler May 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

He is good. The campaign chairman who was on the last video – Jim Messina – not so much.

srdem65 May 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm

They can organize all they want, drain money from willing donors, place nasty ads from now until 2012, but if Ameicans don’t have jobs, can’t afford to buy groceries or gasoline, and we’re still fighting 3 wars it will all be for naught.
The loyal opposition hasn’t gone away. We’re waiting and watching.

Susan May 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Absolutely right srdem65….we’re still here.

Tom May 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hear, hear, well said SRDEM.

Keith Koffler May 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm

True srdem, but remember, these operatives elected a person with a hazy background, associations with several suspect people, and no relevant experience for the job. And incumbent presidents are tough to beat without a once in a lifetime candidate, which the GOP ain’t got.

Star May 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

Yes–I agree, Keith–Fool me twice and I won’t even notice because I am trying to live my life…is more the phrase…

Granny Jan May 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

If only they could only run a government as well as they do a campaign.

I’d like to “volunteer” and get a million of my conservative friends to do the same. That would screw them up royally.

Keith Koffler May 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm

See – this is the problem for the GOP – you don’t even know where to go to volunteer.

sportinlife10 May 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Yes, BUT why are we always stuck with the JV?

Keith Koffler May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Right. Rove et al was the varsity. Otherwise, since Reagan, it’s been JV for GOP.

Tom May 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Quick and to the point. Mr. Stewart has a message, cogent charts to back it up, but as Flash stated – all for naught; for an “empty suit.” So true.

MEMO TO REPUBLICANS: WHERE is your grassroots campaign? Republican Party why have we not seen your organizing videos? Where is your Mitch Stewart? If you get your ass off the links and out of the 3pm martini’s maybe we could get this show on the road, gentlemen.

Sigh.

You have to give it to the Obamunists; they are doing EXACTLY what they did in 2008 —> grassroots campaigning. Millions of Obama Zombies will be enlisted into the Obamunist movement complete with hammer, sickles and plenty of Che flags tacked up on walls like ’08 … while the cocktail-swilling, doddering old fools of the Republican Party are sitting around a golf course debating the g-d slogan for 2012.

Keith Koffler May 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Well said Tom!

Star May 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I thought this was interesting…What I would think of as an iconic NY lib rethinks…
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304520804576347110395478634.html?KEYWORDS=david+mamet

Susan May 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Thank you for sharing the article Star. A very inspiring story of a liberal’s conversion to conservatism. Gives me hope.

casey May 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

“Battleground”????

Umm… “tone down the rhetoric”????