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So just days after President Obama announced his retrograde Republican attack on working families employed by the federal government, Obama's campaign organization, Organizing For America, wants to know what we think about the job it's done.

Given that Obama's presidency has increasingly become a sick joke on the people who supported him during the primary, I felt this survey would be a decent venue for a Purely Symbolic and Totally Ineffectual protest against the biggest disappointment of my political life (inb4 you accuse me of only having paid attention to politics since Obama came along, I've followed every election since 1996 extremely closely; before that I was twelve).

Yes, I know this is a little unfair. OFA has little, if any, power to affect Obama's decisions, wake him up to how he's been repeatedly played by Republicans, or warn him that if he continues down the path of appeasing the GOP while ignoring his base that he will become the worst remembered one-term president since Jimmy Carter (and at least he had a major Mid-East peace deal). As I said, this is a Purely Symbolic protest with zero chance of any positive effect, not unlike Obama's attack on federal workers for Purely Symbolic reasons.

Anyway, below are the relevant portions of the survey; omitted is everything else that didn't matter.

Organizational Assessment

     How do you feel about Organizing for America?
     Negatively [1] 2 3 4 5 Positively
 
     What were your expectations for OFA in this election?

     Low [1] 2 3 4 5 High Expectations
 
Do you feel OFA met those expectations? Yes
 
Please Explain:
Really, it's not your fault President Obama spent as much time spitting on progressive activists as he did trying to pander to Republicans, but for the purposes of this survey, I'm going to answer like it is.

How effective do you think OFA was at communicating the importance of this election?
Ineffective [1] 2 3 4 5 Effective

What resources would have been helpful to have from OFA that you didn't have?
A president who doesn't act like the people who elected him are an annoyance. Or some kind of robot.

What are some effective ways to go about achieving these goals?

Step 1. Get President Obama to stop pandering to Republicans
Step 2. Get President  Obama to stop purposing Republican ideas like spending freezes and pay freezes that hurt working people and destroy the economy.
Step 3. ????
Step 4. Profit

Do you have any other feedback you would like to share about your experience during the Vote 2010 election season?

The 2010 election is the single most depressing election of my life, and that includes 2000. Never have I been so unmoved to vote or so disgusted with the Democratic leadership as I was during this cycle. It seems President Obama is more concerned with appeasing congressional Republicans than standing up for working families and affecting the agenda he promised the activists who helped elect him. As a result, now Obama has a lot more Republicans to spend time appeasing, which he seems only too happy to do.

I fucking lol'd.

Additional Feedback

Do you have any other feedback you'd like to share with OFA, or thoughts about OFA volunteer activity you'd like to see in 2011?
YOU'RE ALL WORKING FOR HUBERT HUMPHREY
-SIGNED DR. DICK BONZI CHENEY URINE, ESQ  

Originally posted to Goldfish on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 06:49 PM PST.

Poll

YOU'RE ALL WORKING FOR

9%3 votes
27%9 votes
9%3 votes
12%4 votes
30%10 votes
12%4 votes

| 33 votes | Vote | Results

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    •  I thought this quote of yours was amusing. (3+ / 0-)
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      Gooserock, Lujane, snackdoodle

      I have followed every election since 1996.  Well I guess that makes you an expert.

      I have followed every election since Eisenhower. I have been a political junkie all of my life.  Based upon having lived under the administrations of Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush Jr; I can unequivocally say that in my opinion and the opinion of 238 Presidential historians President Obama has accomplished more positive legislation for all Americans in the first 22 months of his administration than any of the above, with the possible exception of LBJ.  

      The problem is, there was so much to do he didn't stop after each and every accomplishment and say look at me, look what I did for you. Unfortunately, the American electorate has come to expect that, and without it cannot discern for themselves what has taken place.

      Over half of the registered voters recently polled did not know the Republicans triumped in the mid-terms. What does that tell you about our electorate?

      by Blogvirgin on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:26:50 PM PST

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      •  I wouldn't even aruge (1+ / 0-)
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        Lujane

        that Obama has accomplished positive things. But none of that will matter if he keeps screwing the big things up, or if his political malpractice gives us President Palin. And then there's his favoritism of big business, and his record on civil liberties, which is shaping up to be positively Bushian.

        I mentioned Hubert Humphrey at the end for a reason. Given the background to describe it shouldn't be lost on you.

        The Angries are back

        by Goldfish on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:30:39 PM PST

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        •  Are you talking about candidate Hubert Humphrey? (0+ / 0-)

          The one who was never elected President although he was the darling of the progressives? I liked Hubert Humprhey, but America did not want him to be their President.

          Over half of the registered voters recently polled did not know the Republicans triumped in the mid-terms. What does that tell you about our electorate?

          by Blogvirgin on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:54:16 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  But if you're elected in FDR times, (0+ / 0-)

        the measuring stick is, for better or worse, FDR.

        That is the highest of standards & out of reach.

        But you have to try

        Fear is a habit. I am not afraid.-- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

        by sturunner on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:32:40 PM PST

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        •  And there's the rub (2+ / 0-)
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          NoMoreLies, opoponax

          It's not that Obama hasn't delivered. It's just that too often he gives up without a fight; he gives away the store as a peace offering and gets nothing in return, and then he goes out with these meaningless gestures like the federal pay freeze, which would be simply silly if they weren't hurting people who are already hurting plenty.

          The Angries are back

          by Goldfish on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:38:26 PM PST

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        •  Because We Now Have the TEST RESULTS !! (4+ / 0-)

          130 years of running a manufacturing/trade economy with an agrarian system of government, with the rich and business and financed massively underregulated.

          Then we have the half century of New Deal - Great Society regs and the full record of how a global middle class was created for the first time ever.

          Then we have the 1/3 century record of methodically tearing down those walls, and watching our nation and our people crumble before our eyes.

          The Panic of 1819
          Panic and Depression 1832
          Panic and Depression 1836
          Six Year Depression 1837-1843
          The Panic of 1857
          Panic and Depression 1869-1871
          The Panic of 1873
          The Panic of 1893
          The Panic of 1901
          Panic and Depression of 1929

          50 year time out for liberal New Deal regulation.

          S&L Panic of the 1980's.
          Great Recession of 2008-11+

          EVERYBODY is measured by the FDR/Truman/Ike/JFK/LBJ stick. And the Reagan/GHW/Clinton/W stick.

          And the choice goes by forever,
          twixt that darkness and that light.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:57:30 PM PST

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        •  Compare FDR's first 22 months with President (0+ / 0-)

          Obama's. Don't as is always done, compare his entire term in office. 22 months vs 22 months and then we will talk.

          FDR was President in a time of no television, no 24/7 cable stations allied against him, no foreign money in politics. The world economies were not as interdependent as they are now. Even you have to admit it is impossible to compare the 1940s to 2008-2010.

          Over half of the registered voters recently polled did not know the Republicans triumped in the mid-terms. What does that tell you about our electorate?

          by Blogvirgin on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:59:23 PM PST

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      •  You might also note that those 238 historians (0+ / 0-)

        unanimously confirm that none of those sitting presidents that you followed took quite the shellacking that just happened to us in 2010.

        And whether its 238 or 238,000 historians touting Obama's accomplishments (which are quite good), the fact is that more than 90% of American voters think Obama raised their taxes.  Why wasn't Obama's premier grass roots organization on this from day 1?

        Having a policy does not mean receiving care. -- Tzimisce

        by Miggles on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 09:35:20 PM PST

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  •  Feel better? (2+ / 0-)
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    Goldfish, David Kroning II

    "A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain." Mark Twain (1835-1910)

    by psilocynic on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 06:52:18 PM PST

  •  Yah. I did similar, but without snark. (5+ / 0-)

    OfA arrived at the gate after the race had begun, shoeless, tripped, sprained a toenail, and has been sitting in the grass trying to figure out the directions for an emory board every since.

    If George Bush or Dick Cheney or Don Rumsfeld are guilty of the war crimes of Aggressive War or Torture, they should be hanged.

    by Yellow Canary on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 06:54:18 PM PST

    •  I started it out (6+ / 0-)

      being totally serious, if grumpy, but then realized how it absurd it was that we've been reduced to taking out our frustrations on fucking organizing surveys that are pretty much just used to get our phone number to bug us for stuff.

      It was at that point, I decided to get weird.

      The Angries are back

      by Goldfish on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 06:55:46 PM PST

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      •  You did have an opportunity to give money at ... (3+ / 0-)
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        Goldfish, Lujane, SuetheRedWA

        ... the end of the survey.

        At which point they mentioned that OfA is part of the DNC, iirc.

        If George Bush or Dick Cheney or Don Rumsfeld are guilty of the war crimes of Aggressive War or Torture, they should be hanged.

        by Yellow Canary on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 06:58:38 PM PST

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        •  All I get is calls for money (1+ / 0-)
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          Lujane

          I did not get one call to do anything else during this cycle, from any Democratic organization at any level. If they'd asked me to help out, I might have even shock off my malaise enough to say yes. Instead I got bugged repeatedly for money which I didn't have, and certainly wasn't going to send to fucking DSCC or D-Trip if I had it to give.

          The Angries are back

          by Goldfish on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:00:28 PM PST

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  •  I'm kind of sad (1+ / 0-)
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    implicate order

    no one's voted "BALLS" on the pall yet.

    The Angries are back

    by Goldfish on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 06:58:43 PM PST

  •  I saw that. I gave up on OFA about a month after (4+ / 0-)
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    Goldfish, emsprater, dle2GA, Miggles

    they were made a wholly owned subsidiary of the DNC. Thank FSM for Dr. Dean's DFA!

    Religion: Treat it like your penis. Don't show it off in public, and don't shove it down your children's throats. (-9.00,-8.41)

    by MinistryOfLove on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:04:35 PM PST

  •  I always find it funny... (4+ / 0-)

    when people fill out the fund raising surveys. Back when I used to do work for the DNC we collected the envelopes and tossed the surveys aside.

    Your answers to this one did make me laugh.

    Don't fight global warming. Iceberg water is going to make us all rich!

    by jbou on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:19:19 PM PST

    •  My Idealistic Hope is They Catch (1+ / 0-)
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      jbou

      maybe a word to conclude a "pro" or "con" if they even care.

      I've worked customer service myself so I have some idea of the environment.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 08:01:51 PM PST

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  •  I stopped filling these out .... (1+ / 0-)
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    Miggles

    after about the 4th time it became very apparent that they were simply fundraising tools, and that neither OFA nor Obama actually cared about what any of the base had to say.

    We've been irrelevant to this administration and this leadership since 'day one'.

    it's time for LGBT Americans to put some First Amendment remedies into place.

    by emsprater on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:23:07 PM PST

    •  Yeah, I never filled them out (3+ / 0-)
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      NoMoreLies, marsanges, Miggles

      Before this, but this seemed like the time for a Purely Symbolic Protest. A Dadaist monument to futility.

      My only wish is that I had made my answers weirder.

      The Angries are back

      by Goldfish on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:24:22 PM PST

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    •  But whether or not anyone at OFA/DNC HQ reads (1+ / 0-)
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      emsprater

      the survey comments, at least a few staff must get a sinking feeling when they look at how their donations are dwindling and membership numbers are declining.  After all, if all were hunky dory there would be no need for such a survey in the first place.  Do they really think that those of use who gave them 1 out of 5 on effectiveness are going to donate?

      The sad thing about 2010 is that the tea baggers handed OFA its ass.  The tea baggers got their message out, noxious as it is.  No one except a few of us professional lefters have even heard of OFA.

      The koolaid drinking OFA'ers here at dailykos are always smugly congratulating themselves about all the great work they do at OFA, but the only thing they ever mentioned is phone banking.  Why isn't OFA making more of a grass roots presence in our communities?  Why isn't OFA setting up booths at street fairs and participating in other forms of outreach and revitalization?  

      If OFA were effective, then Beck and O'Reilly would be whining about OFA on their shows.  This goes to show that even those guys aren't afraid of OFA.

      Having a policy does not mean receiving care. -- Tzimisce

      by Miggles on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 09:27:39 PM PST

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  •  The Trout of Wisdom has no votes (0+ / 0-)

    The Trout of Wisdom is sad. Poor Trout of Wisdom.

    The Angries are back

    by Goldfish on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:39:16 PM PST

  •  At least the humor helps deal with the stress (3+ / 0-)
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    Goldfish, NoMoreLies, Miggles

    of being so angry and disappointed. I unsubscribed to OFA today and in the box asking my reasons I suggested that OFA should change its name to OFAA--Organizing for Affluent Americans.

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