FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
What if Obama Threw an Astroturf Party and Nobody Came?
Bob Hahn’s comment to my earlier post about Organizing/Obama for America’s call for supporters to flood legislative offices in an effort to create the appearance of support for the very unpopular health overhaul proposal got me thinking. Here’s Bob’s comment:
What if nobody cares?
This is a pretty risky maneuver by the White House. If it doesn’t work — if supporters do not show up in large numbers — it will leave the Members of Congress shaken by the thought that all those angry opponents at the Town Halls are real. After all, if the Democrats can’t gin up Astroturf from their list, why should we believe that the Republicans can?
I’m not convinced that an email list of hopeychangey elect-the-first-black-guy idealists are going to be all that excited about health care. This could be an epic fail.
This got me thinking in a way I hadn’t before. Today’s Organizing/Obama for America call-for-astroturfers is telling on its own. However, what is more telling is the fact that this is the third time in the last four days OFA has sent an email to its supporters calling on them to turn out in support of President Obama’s government health care overhaul.
Let me say that again: This is the third time in four days that Barack Obama, community organizer extraordinaire, has called on his legions to turn out in support of his policies. The first of those emails was purportedly from Obama himself, calling on supporters to turn out at “thousands of events” across the country; the second and third were calls to telephone and visit, respectively, legislative offices around the nation in an effort to show support for his badly flagging health overhaul proposal.
Because these emails come with relative frequency, I didn’t fully appreciate the temporal proximity of those three emails — or what that meant — until Bob’s comment forced me to consider it. Now, though, it is clear as day: the Obama administration, and its network of paid community organizers and agitators, is growing incredibly desperate for two reasons.
First, Barack Obama and his allies are losing the organizing battle at every turn to ordinary Americans who aren’t even being directed or paid — just taking an active interest in their government’s actions!
Second, despite repeated calls to action (including a declaration by the President himself that the opportunity to shut down debate on an issue, and to out-organize ordinary American citizens, was “the moment our movement was built for”) — again, three in four days — the Great Community Organizer simply can’t get his supporters to turn out, or his astroturf in place.
One call for supporter action is ordinary (even if it is odd to have a President making that call, particularly when it is paired with an order to mobilize against another portion of the American citizenry). Two calls is a bit odd. Three in four days, though, is utter desperation.
Barack Obama and his astroturfing band of “community organizers” are losing this battle, and they are losing it despite employing every tool at their disposal, from “community organizing,” to mobilizing union thugs to physically harm dissidents, to attempting to silence political opponents by calling on Americans to turn in their fellow citizens to the government for political disagreement.
That’s one encouraging thought. The unencouraging counter to that, though, is this: what does a President whose only experience is as a community organizer, manufacturing outrage and threatening opponents with physical violence (and acting in accordance with the Chicago Way, do when all legal means at his fingertips of enacting his agenda fail? That is a question we may see answered sooner rather than later.