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  •  It's a Difficult Connection to Make (13+ / 0-)

    In the mind of a young person.  And I'm not condescending either, I'm just now transitioning away from "young personhood" so I think I can see it.

    The "National" issues that draw them in are pure passion.  The gigantic personalities, the heartstrings, the stirring speeches.

    Then an off-year election or a midterm comes along, and they try to find the same excitment in "Property Taxes," and "Millages" and "State Senator Dan Fogleman."

    It just isn't there.

    That's where the real potential of OFA is/was.  A little part of me died when OFA became a subsect of the DNC.  The potential was there to have that be the organ that drew those connections and used people's national passions to make local/regional progress.

    The potential is still there, but it fades more and more as OFA keeps using local resources but with complete disinterest in local priorities.  It has the potential to transcend Obama and become the grassroots arm of small-p progressive politics, but that potential is fading more and more every day and I think OFA and its accomplishments are now about 50/50 of even lasting until the end of Obama's second term... let alone beyond.

    So sad.  I should do a diary on it, but that would just make me sadder.

    "Rahm Emmanuel bit my cat." - LaFeminista

    by TooFolkGR on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 08:32:50 AM PST

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