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    •  please visit on a regular basis (31+ / 0-)

      The Office of Public Engagement is a great resource.

      The blog on is another fantastic source of what's happening and what accomplishments that need to be broadcasted to your contacts.

      Also, remember that campaigns are the easy part ... we must stay involved so ...
      ACTION: Please Call the Congressional Switchboard # (202)224-3121 - ask for your CongressCritter. Demand answers. Will they (the Critters) put the nation before politics? Will they sign NOW to NO TAX INCREASE FOR THE FIRST $250,000 EARNED? YES or NO.

    •  Missed opportunity last time (4+ / 0-)
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      He had the same organization built up for the 2008 election but did nothing with it. But he seems to want to do better this time.

      •  well, not quite nothing (42+ / 0-)

        He kept staff on the ground for 3 years 10 months, and some people were volunteering from Feb 09 onward to support his agenda. When it was time to shift into campaign gear, it was seamless and the database was not just up-to-date but clean as a whistle. No Dem has ever done that before.

        I'm just sayin'.

        •  kayhag... thanks for saying that! (8+ / 0-)
          He kept staff on the ground for 3 years 10 months, and some people were volunteering from Feb 09 onward to support his agenda. When it was time to shift into campaign gear, it was seamless and the database was not just up-to-date but clean as a whistle. No Dem has ever done that before.
          It's good to know how his people changed the face of the Democratic Party.  Hopefully the people who run it will continue on with Hillary and whomever else shows up to run.  

          We have an advantage now, i.e., fewer of those idiots like James Carville, who didn't know what he was doing, and MORE big brains, young people, technology gurus and whatever else it took to build this awesome group on the ground.  

          Seriously, it will take the R's time to catch up, won't it?

          Did anyone read that Lee Atwater diary here today?  I think it was today. That tells it all about the Republican Party.  I didn't know why they hated us so much. I got it now.  

          Hope everyone is well. Thanks for all of this good news, inspiration and real feeling of community.

          Let's make up our minds.  Right here.  Right now.  We pledge to end the FRIGGIN' Bush tax cuts and make no deals that don't include tax increases for the top 2% and for corporations like GE and the other @#$%&*# that don't pay taxes.


        •  But he didn't activate us for causes or policy. (4+ / 0-)

          Watching 2008 events he sometimes would tell the crowd their work wouldn't be over after the election
          Which fits things he said in interviews sometimes since entering state politics. Like this 1995 article
          What Makes Obama Run?

          but unusual in electoral politics, his proposal calls for organizing ordinary citizens into bottom-up democracies that create their own strategies, programs, and campaigns and that forge alliances with other disaffected Americans. Obama thinks elected officials—even a state senator—can play a critical catalytic role in this rebuilding.

          Obama is certainly not the first candidate to talk about the politics of community empowerment. (snip)
          What makes Obama different from other progressive politicians is that he doesn't just want to create and support progressive programs; he wants to mobilize the people to create their own.

           "What if a politician were to see his job as that of an organizer," he wondered, "as part teacher and part advocate, one who does not sell voters short but who educates them about the real choices before them? As an elected public official, for instance, I could bring church and community leaders together easier than I could as a community organizer or lawyer. We would come together to form concrete economic development strategies, take advantage of existing laws and structures, and create bridges and bonds within all sectors of the community. We must form grass-root structures that would hold me and other elected officials more accountable for their actions.

          So when I heard him talk about it at rallies now and then I wasn't surprised. When he did not do it I was more surprised. I understand that the reality of politics can burn away some idealism or make the mechanics of it seem impractical, but he could have used us. I hope he will now. Even more I hope this powerhouse created does live on, grow into something even stronger. We will need it.

          When I read about the candidates in 2007/2008 I was amazed how much there was to find on Obama going back over a decade. It is harder to find the real stuff now because of the pages and pages of conspiracy and crap. But what I found really impressed me. I'd been sure I would go for a different Dem but I was won over before I ever heard him speak. Then the speeches didn't seem so much just lofty rhetoric but really just a lovely phrasing of his driving and growing passion since he first came to Chicago.

          Other things he has said over the years are reflected in how we have seen him as president, even from this article

          "The right wing, the Christian right, has done a good job of building these organizations of accountability, much better than the left or progressive forces have. But it's always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia. And they also have hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility.

          "Now we have to take this same language—these same values that are encouraged within our families—of looking out for one another, of sharing, of sacrificing for each other—and apply them to a larger society. Let's talk about creating a society, not just individual families, based on these values. Right now we have a society that talks about the irresponsibility of teens getting pregnant, not the irresponsibility of a society that fails to educate them to aspire for more."

          He's done that pretty well.
          We got the pragmatist as president, a trait also shown over the years, but here's hoping that in this 2nd term we can get more of the visionary mixed with the pragmatist.
      •  Not exactly true OFA was in Nebraska almost the (7+ / 0-)

        whole time, we only went a few months without a field director. I dont' think they ever left Iowa and probably didn't leave a lot of other states.

        The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

        by cherie clark on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:00:28 PM PST

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      •  I have been involved in OFA since right after the (8+ / 0-)

        first inauguration.  We have a large group formed now for a rural GOP dominated area.  We keep in touch constantly developing opportunities to research and discuss issues, books, films, then take our knowledge and use it to call, talk to our neighbors, write LTE's (letters to the editor).  We also do service now through Joining Forces.  We have a small high school Democrats group forming.  I cannot say enough about how great it is to find new people all the time who didn't know anyone else in their community thought like they did.  

        We train ourselves in quality voter contact, rapid response, and how to research the issues and have quite a voter registration team now.  Its all volunteer and there's no drama, just the principles of respect, empower, include.  We work out of our homes, and any free venue that we can use like community centers and libraries.  We potluck, and there's not much more expense.

        If a rural GOP dominated reactionary community like ours can support an active OFA group then anyone can.

        In our state (not a battleground) volunteers were "promoted" into field organizers, etc.  Now we are even more fired up and experienced.

        P.S.  I was on the call last night and it was amazing the stats they were giving.  I could not believe what volunteers across the country had accomplished just in this one organization.  I know countless others in NAACP, Move On, AFL-CIO, Rebuild the Dream, League of Women Voters, Emily's List, La Raza, J Street, and many other organizations worked like heck for this victory.

        •  Thank you for your work. (0+ / 0-)

          Do you'all regularly contact your Senators and Congressman? You should even if you just get form letters.

          Particularly exciting and praise worthy is the campus Democratic group.

          Are you all going to back 1 or more of your own in an up coming election?

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:35:31 AM PST

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