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  •  i don't care about the organization (3+ / 0-)
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    except as it serves the issues. use the organization to serve the issues. use it to change the narrative on the issues. like that we don't need to be worrying about deficits and do need to be developing and passing new forms of stimulus to grow the economy.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 06:28:54 PM PST

    •  Yeah. They tried that. Dismantle the whole thing. (4+ / 0-)

      They tried that with that whole "organizing for america" experiment. The whole thing was silly.

      What OFA does is obvious: it wins national elections. it isn't good for advocacy. it isn't a think tank. it isn't even good at community based changed. What it does is what it was designed to do from the beginning: win national elections.

      So therefore, if I were allowed to make the decisions, I would dismantle the whole thing and break it off into several distinct entities:

      1. Campaign tactical research and development. You take the Analytics and Message folks and put them here. (sort of a laboratory for new campaign software and tactics...supported by money from the DNC.)

      2. Leadership & Management training and development center. You put Feild Ops here. (here you train party operatives in the "Obama way" so that campaigns up and down the ballot get better management. (You get politicians to pay to send their advisors there and pay for it.)

      3. Social network. You put the volunteers here. Basically offload the whole obama network of volunteers into a socail network with its own app. let it evolve into whatever and see what happens. (make all the people who are on it the new owners of it...maybe they'll take it public one day or god knows what)

      That way the next Democrat who comes along has a campaign in waiting. And the party up and down the ballot will improve its ability to win elections.

      •  While I agree that the focus of the group... (0+ / 0-)

        has been at the national level, the fact is this is a VERY talented team. From managers to engineers to architects to political operatives to local, the whole package was the most impressive display of grass-roots organizing ever (Obama and Dean FOREVER!)

        There's nothing stopping them from retooling the org to focus on what is best for progressive causes. To not even ponder the possibilities at all levels, federal, state, local, would be a mistake. The strengths and weakness they have today would change as they adjust, but they must adjust. To me, that means crafting the opportunity to be involved everywhere. Making the opportunity to get involved should be in our faces on the news, in the articles we read, in the blog posts we read. Once that "button" is pushed, well, you can't get any more local than that!

        I think this team has the talent and money to get us there. Imagine a country where effective, no-barriers participation in the process is baked into how we consume news and information.

    •  With the president continuing to adance (2+ / 0-)
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      the fiction that the debt must be addressed right now in the midst of an exceedingly fragile recovery, I can only conclude that

      1) The administration is ignoring the lesson of 2010 and believes they can play the "Republicans are worse" fear card one more time to generate Dem voter turnout in the midterm election;

      or (more likely)

      2) Republican retention of the majority in the House actually serves the interest of the president's political agenda.

      Despite Obama's populist rhetoric in the lead up to this past election, we have four years of ample and glaring evidence that the president's core ideology is out of sync, in many key respects, with the majority of the Democratic base.

      With a divided Congress, Obama retains the ongoing excuse that, "Hey, we're doing the best we can, given the roadblock in the House."

      I have no illusion that OFA has the ability or the desire to morph into a policy centered organization generating grass roots support for substantive and necessary reform. OFA is, and will continue to be, an electoral entity. While they were hugely successful in saving the country from a mittster presidency, they'll not likely duplicate that success in the midterm election.

      The fear of a Romney presidency was a huge motivator for millions of Dems. With the passage of some version of Obama's Grand Bargain (whether it occurs now during the lame duck session, or shortly after the convening of the new Congress), Dem base enthusiasm in 2014 will be just as anemic as it was in 2010.

      I'll put my hopes in a reinvigorated Occupy movement to generate support for progressive policy. OFA is fatally compromised by its primary mandate - rationalizing the president's goals and actions, no matter what they may be.

      "And this is definitely no time to negotiate a “grand bargain” on the budget that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory." - Krugman

      by WisePiper on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:03:47 PM PST

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    •  but we should! (1+ / 0-)
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      The organization can only serve the issues if we are also willing to take care of the organization.  Issues don't serve themselves.  

      We got the future back.

      by G2geek on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:33:37 PM PST

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