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23rd March
2009
written by Sean Noble

Obama’s army of volunteers was out in force over the weekend blitzing neighborhoods, knocking on doors, contacting Congressional offices – all in an effort to build a groundswell of support for the President’s budget.

What’s that?  You didn’t notice any activity?  Well, you’re not alone.  Apparently, not one Member of Congress knew anything about this effort.  Makes you wonder what this army of volunteers was doing.

This is the incredible challenge of grassroots mobilization.  It is very, very hard to get people ginned-up (no pun intended) enough to get out on the streets and knock on doors, make phone calls, etc.  And that’s during the last two weeks of a campaign.  Imagine the difficulty in March of the off-year.

Obama’s folks are learning the hard way that just because you hit send on your bazillion-member email list, doesn’t mean you will get anyone to do actual work.  How motivated can someone get about advocating for $2.8 trillion deficits over ten years?

Sure, they probably had a few thousand calls spread among a few dozen Congressional offices, but that’s pretty tepid response from a monstrous email list.

I’ve decided that Obama will not be an effective President, because there is a huge difference between campaigning and governing, and he would rather campaign. He just has to figure out how to keep his army motivated to campaign as well.

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4 Comments

  1. 23/03/2009

    What he plans to do is make it MANDATORY for college students to VOLUNTEER. I believe it was 100 paid community hours required for each student.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/18/house-readies-passage-volunteerism-critics-pricey-forced-service/

    Legislation, calling it expensive indoctrination and forced advocacy.

  2. Carol
    24/03/2009

    Governing requires depth whereas campaigning can be accomplished on caffeine. The hard slog work of governing is alot like taking down the Christmas tree, cleaning up after the party, and gettng up at night with the baby. It tests and reveals character.

  3. PollWatcher
    24/03/2009

    Unsurprisingly, it looks like the American people (once again) disagree with you.

    The latest CBS poll, shows Obama’s approval rating up to 64%, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/23/opinion/polls/main4886328.shtml.

    And, even more, the American people now feel even better about his work on the economy, “Sixty-one percent now approve, up from 56 percent last week.”

    Maybe his mobilization did have some impact after all. It wouldn’t be the first time you were way off the mark.

  4. Thomas Grier
    24/03/2009

    Poll Watcher: Look at the sample size and demographics, which one is bigger.

    Zogby: Obama Job Approval at 50%
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1590404/zogby_obama_job_approval_at_50.html?cat=9

    “You can make up a statistic about anything, 13% of all people know that” Homer Simpson

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