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  •  No, Dean said from day one that he would only (1+ / 0-)
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    stay until a Democratic president was elected, because then he would be the head of the party.

    Dean wasn't fired.  That said, Dean is less than a stellar manager. He never appreciated the internet, except as a money collecting tool and his support for grass-roots organizing was half-hearted. Dean is a charismatic speaker and his heart is in the right place. Choosing his brother to lead Democracy for America was not a good choice. Jim Dean is, like Howard, a nice fellow, but their organizational skills are weak. I say that as a person who still contributes dollars on a monthly basis to DAF. Hope springs eternal that they'll come up with more competent personnel. Howard is cheap and wouldn't spring for the quality tech people required to run an internet media organization. Grass roots enthusiasm can take care of a lot, it cannot keep the lights on and the servers humming.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:25:28 AM PST

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    •  This is DFA on a much grander scale (1+ / 0-)
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      and success isn’t a foregone conclusion. Morphing an organization that is personality based into one focused on issues is a very heavy lift. They might sustain it for the next four years, but once President Obama is out of office, the organization dies.

      DFA tried this on a much smaller scale and eventually faded away after several cycles, even though Howard Dean became Chair of the DNC and his brother was installed as the head of DFA.

      How many OFA supporters will get as jazzed about issues as they do about BO? I'm guessing a very small fraction.

      The richer your friends, the more they will cost you. -- Elizabeth Marbury

      by MelGX on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:59:19 AM PST

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      •  Less too, now that the kvetcing begins. (2+ / 0-)
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        v2aggie2, FiredUpInCA

        Jeez.  Try to do something good.

        OFA has morphed several times already.  It was Obama for America in '08, then Organizing for America from '09 to 2011.  Then back to Obama for America up to the election.

        Now this new incarnation Organizing for Action for now, agenda-driven rather than election-driven, since there's no imminent election.

        Many of us have worked with some or all of these versions.  We've had big victories and we've had some losses.  And all the way a few on DK have felt the need to piss on our efforts.  Funny how that subsided with the "historic ground game" and Democratic victories a couple of months ago.

        A whole multi-generational boatload of people has re-learned how to get out and work together -- hard - toward seemingly impossible goals.  Civic involvement, not "bowling alone."  That to me is the biggest legacy so far of OFA, beyond the victories & losses.

        I'm in, again.  You?

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