Update: I published this diary yesterday, and followed it with a schadenfreude diary shortly after. The schadenfreude diary got more comments and recommends than this action diary. Am I crazy? I thought we were here for more and better Democrats and moving forward, not gloating or a bunch of damn cat pictures. Let me be very specific. What I have in mind is phone-banking, virtual or otherwise scripted off the top of my head like this:
"Hi, my name is _, from OFA. Did you vote for BHO four weeks ago? Do you support his economic proposal to the Republicans in the House? The reason I'm calling is to ask you to call or e-mail our representative (insert name) at phone number-email address and let him/her know that we want as much of the president's proposal voted on before the X-mas season is over. It will help the economy.Here's the thing: ORCA was a flop, but the Rs have money and time. We have a small time window where our tools are better than theirs, I say we need to use them before the other side catches up. But if I can't generate grassroots here, which is supposedly an action site, then I guess I'll have to learn to use Facebook. The original diary follows.
President Obama has dragged (drug?) out the soapbox to urge people to call/write their legislators in re: the fiscal cliff/mountain/molehill. He's out there asking people to call, e-mail, hashtag their congress critters. This has caused some consternation among the WATB Rethugs. And rightly so.
Here's my question: Can OFA help? After all, we know how to phone bank. We know how to generate phone bank lists. We can get people to call their local House member, both Ds and Rs, or e-mail/twit/whatever their offices. I know we had GOTV efforts in House districts with Rethug "representation"; I worked in one. Wouldn't it be great if we could cut phone lists, organize virtual/real time phone banks to "phone-bomb" their Senator/Representative? I have initiated petitions to let us re-organize and push our agenda forward. In other words, I am still in campaign mode.
Here is a link to the petition to the White House asking for Dashboard and other tools to be re-activated and turn us loose. And here is a petition with the same purpose, through Change.org. I'm not sure if the White House petition will stay active, it uses government resources to address a campaign entity. IANAL.
P.S. I kept the whole Rachel clip not just because I have a crush on her, but at around the 13:45 mark, she talks with Eugene Robinson about what I'm talking about!