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Posted: 3/28/2009 12:08:31 PM EDT

Campaigning.


Obama team deploys campaign tactics to get point across

WASHINGTON (CNN) –– From fielding questions online, to the staging of events across the country, to deploying thousands of volunteers, President Obama and Democrats are using the same tools that helped them win the White House to push the administration's agenda.

Supporters say the same tactics used during the campaign also work to educate Americans about the president's proposed budget and the stimulus plan.

Political experts say in order for Obama to keep his approval ratings high, he will need his agenda to be successful. To do that, they say, he and the White House will need to keep up the sales job.

The legions of volunteer supporters from the 2008 election are key to that effort. Democrats have a database of more than 13 million e-mail addresses and are eager to harness that support.

The Democratic National Committee has formed a new group called Organizing For America. Last weekend, it organized 10,000 volunteers to canvass across the country to get 100,000 people to pledge support for the administration's policies.

"We are not an electoral organization. I mean this is really about legislative advocacy and so we are going to continue supporting the president's agenda and we are not looking at 2010, and we are not looking at 2012," Mitch Stewart, executive director of Organizing for America, told CNN. "What we are looking at what kind of grassroots organization can best support the president's agenda."

"We are going to learn lessons or use the lessons we learned from the campaign, learn new lessons along the way, using the same tactics we used during the campaign but also developing new ones to promote the president's agenda."

Republican political experts say this is all smart politics.

"You can't allow any drop-off or fall-off," GOP media consultant Danny Diaz said. "You won't see diminished activities. You will see increased activities going forward to keep these people engaged and to bring additional people.

"It is part of the 21st century, and it is part of being the leader of the free world and having to make sure you keep people engaged, enthusiastic, giving money, supporting candidates and supporting your agenda."

Those who pledged support received follow-up e-mails this week asking them to call members of Congress to lobby them to pass the budget. Officials involved in the project said their efforts were not just aimed at the true believers.

Last weekend's canvassers didn't visit only the party faithful –– they went to all the homes on a given street.

"...We're not targeting a congressional district. We're not targeting individual voters. We are providing our supporters with information on the budget, why it's important and if they want to engage on that issue they can," Stewart said. "And we are then going to get those pledges to all members of Congress.

"So regardless if they are Democrat or Republican if there are 1,000 pledges in their congressional district or 30, we're going to give those to the members."

Diaz said the Democrats' tactics are necessary.

"This is something they will continue to do. It is not completely consistent with a new kind of politics that Barack Obama promised, but at the end of the day it is not how you start –– it is how you finish," he said.
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"Will President Obama's policies energize these individuals and keep them engaged –– or will his policies and a lack of results lead to a lack of enthusiasm and engagement?" Diaz said. "That is the question."

Organizers say they are taking a bottom-up approach that also allows local groups to rally around a cause or propose their own project.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:11:43 PM EDT
The Dems are just learning their lesson. The Republicans implemented "the permanent campaign" when they held the reigns on both Congress and the Presidency, too.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:13:54 PM EDT
fuck obama
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:27:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By badfish274:
The Dems are just learning their lesson. The Republicans implemented "the permanent campaign" when they held the reigns on both Congress and the Presidency, too.

Damn if I noticed that. I didn't see a Republican, specially Bush, campaigning hardly at all when they were in power. The only times the MSM would let a Republican on was either to give him a lambasting or one that came on with the intention of lambasting his own party.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:42:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By badfish274:
The Dems are just learning their lesson. The Republicans implemented "the permanent campaign" when they held the reigns on both Congress and the Presidency, too.


Uh no.

ARH

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:33:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 3rdpig:

Originally Posted By badfish274:
The Dems are just learning their lesson. The Republicans implemented "the permanent campaign" when they held the reigns on both Congress and the Presidency, too.

Damn if I noticed that. I didn't see a Republican, specially Bush, campaigning hardly at all when they were in power. The only times the MSM would let a Republican on was either to give him a lambasting or one that came on with the intention of lambasting his own party.


Thats because most of Bush's campaigning was done with fundraisers and other money-making events. The concept of the 'permanent campaign' is probably what Karl Rove is best at. Its not good, its not bad, its just a tactic.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 2:29:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 4:15:32 PM EDT by A_Free_Man]
"Mitch Stewart, executive director of Organizing for America"

He and his ilk are criminals and should be treated as such.


And who the hell said I wanted my community "organized"?

I just want to be left the hell alone!
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