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  •  If you only campaign for candidates that are (1+ / 0-)
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    going to win, why campaign at all?  As head of the party, Obama needs to show that he cares about the party.  The more democrats we have in the Congress the better his chances of getting something done.  Being timid and afraid to campaign for your own party because you will most likely will lose is not going to win you any capital and will not set well with those struggling at the grass roots.

    •  But he did campaign in Georgia . . . (0+ / 0-)

      President-Elect Obama sent his campaign troops to Georgia, he cut a few ads, put in place a national phone bank, and sent emails reminding people to vote.  Are these efforts nullified unless the big man shows up in person?  

      If that's the case then during the general election the President-Elect only campaigned in a few stadiums.

      In truth, campaigns are won by the strength of the field operation and not by personal appearances.  The former gets people out to vote and the latter makes current supporters feel warm and fuzzy.

      Absent an ask by the Obama campaign, there would have been far fewer paid field organizers, far fewer national phone calls, and far fewer votes for Martin.  In other words a reduced field operation.  

      So to say that the President-Elect did not campaign in Georgia is a misstatement.  It also horribly discounts the work of all the campaign workers from across the country who, after putting their entire lives on hold for the past six months (or more!), gave up Thanksgiving with their families to move to a state they don't live in for a candidate they did not necessarily believe in solely because they were asked to by the President-Elect.  That's campaigning.

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