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  •  an important distinction (4+ / 0-)

    The energy in this country for a better politics has been brewing for a while.  Howard "You Have the Power!" Dean tapped into that in 2004, Obama tapped into that for his Senate race, and the very existence of this site is an example of that collective desire.  There's a reason the top of his website says "I'm asking you to believe.  Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours."

    That said, Barack Obama has done a uniquely outstanding job of channeling that energy into a focused campaign.  Should he win the presidency, I am fascinated to see how he would approach the "bully pulpit" portion of the job to mobilize us to lean on Congress for legislation.  That's a selling point to me thinking about what makes for an effective president.

    •  I've been interested in this too (0+ / 0-)

      The only way corporate interests are going to be diluted in this country is by getting people to pressure members of congress. If the organizing capacity he is building in his campaigns maintains even half of what it currently is if (when) he is elected, imagine what he can do when he wants to pressure Congress. I think the Republicans have done this to some degree with the fundies, but the leadership that initiates that is (arguably) out of the political sphere.

      A Congressperson getting a call from the President is important and all, but it is just a magnified piece of the usual political process. Getting a call from a constituent is an entirely different matter - one could argue that it has more effect on a Congressperson than a call from the President.

      As a confirmed cynic, I should add that this shifting of the power of influence could (and has), in the wrong hands, have terrible consequences.  One could argue that the enormous influence corporate interests have in this country is stabilizing (in the short term), since stability is a core concern to businesses in a capitalist society.

      "Commuting is the most important thing you can do with a bicycle." - Sheldon Brown

      by adam619 on Fri Feb 22, 2008 at 09:18:04 AM PST

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      •  And you would be wrong, (0+ / 0-)

        since corporations merely advocate for the interests of their wealthy owner/executives. Contrary to the anti-socialist rhetoric of Wall Street shills, although they do certainly seek to privative profits, they also fiercely lobby to socialize costs and risks. Quite sad.

        What I'm looking forward to is how Obama will be able to call on not a hundred, not ten thousand, but a million of his contributors to lobby Congress for social justice. That's awesome!

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