Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:39 PM
sheshe2 (34,775 posts)
Obama Takes it to the American People....Game on!
Changing Washington from the Outside
President Barack Obama is preparing to expand the fiscal cliff fight beyond the confines of Washington, traveling the country and leaning on Democratic activist groups to help apply political pressure.
The goal, organizers said, is to keep engaged the activists and followers who have stood with Obama through two campaigns, and to begin applying external pressure to the president's negotiations with congressional Republicans.
And so, top Obama operatives are gaming out ways to squeeze political capital out of the 2012 elections, aiming to affect the lame-duck session in Congress. Obama previewed the strategy in a conference call with activists after the election, saying that a second term that will include some barnstorming across the country.
"One of my pledges for a second term is to get out of Washington more often," Obama said.
On that same call, one of president's top campaign aides, Mitch Stewart, alerted listeners that they would be asked to help support the White House as it deals with the expiring Bush tax cuts and looming $1 trillion in sequestration-related cuts. Stewart added that some campaign operatives would remain in Chicago "going through what worked in 2012 and what didn't work in 2012 and trying to figure out how we as an organization can get better." He concluded by pointing the 30,000 call participants to a newly developed initiative called TheAction.org.
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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:43 PM
CTyankee (49,243 posts)
1. This is very smart. You can't organize people and then just walk away and expect them
to remain organized without some encouragement. If we want to hold our own or do better in 2014 in the House races, he'd better get out there and keep the momentum going. It is also crucial to get people to understand that their SS and Medicare/Medicaid is at risk.