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  •  POTUS needs to stay in campaign mode (15+ / 0-)

    Obama needs to use that bully pulpit from now to the next election, give no quarter to the republican, take each major issue to the public and even to the obstructionists backyards.

    Keep hammering the public to throw the extremist right wingers out on the asses.

    •  ^^^exactly this^^^ (4+ / 0-)

      Obama has a huge tool available to him, OFA, that he didn't take advantage of in the first term. This looks like he may be fixing that oversight.
      Engage us. Bring us into the equation. Keep us involved in the process. The payoff will be enormous both in terms of getting policy moved but if we keep momentum from this election going into the next, we start that much farther ahead. For 2014 that could mean challenging the Majority status of the GOP in the House.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 01:35:32 PM PST

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    •  That's just what George W. Bush did for 8 years (1+ / 0-)
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      He must have worn out Air Force One giving speeches for his various neocon causes--the wars, SS privatization, pro-business rallies, not to mention non-stop campaigning by his underlings.

      Obama has not done this. Until now. For a week or so. How long will it last? I do not trust his new-found zeal...he's been missing in action for almost four years.

      They hate him, and I wish he'd actually given them good reasons to do so. What's the point if they hate you and you get half-measures instead of actual solutions?

      "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

      by DaddyO on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 01:38:28 PM PST

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      •  All the more reason for engaging the POTUS (0+ / 0-)

        Again, this is a good reason for OFA to keep people involved, and for people to keep the feet to the fire as was the case after the 1st debate.

        It's about POTUS' legacy and our future, and that requires for the next two years pushing through feasible  victories and setting the stage for eliminating the GOP majority in the House.

    •  Yes! (1+ / 0-)
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      At least to the extent that actually governing leaves him time to be in campaign mode.  Running a country is a demanding job, and the President's part in that doesn't leave a lot of time.

      He should also be keeping some of his OFA staff on board, and keeping the base mobilized.

      Imagine: the Democratic Party as a mass-based organization out to make campaign promises come true.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:04:02 PM PST

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      •  How's that gonna be paid for? (0+ / 0-)

        "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

        by zizi on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:54:28 PM PST

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        •  Give people policy worth donating to and $$$$. (0+ / 0-)

          Purpose. Involvement. Inclusion.

          I ♥ President Obama. ~ Yes, we did. Again.
          NOW: Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO Grand Bargain.
          Rich pay a bit more. DoD take a bit less. End war on Afghanistan sooner.

          by OleHippieChick on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 04:19:16 PM PST

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          •  Agree, an energized POTUS is bankable (0+ / 0-)

            Yep, exactly right, POTUS needs to use his pulpit to communicate the purpose, to show the opportunity for involvement and the urgency for people to support the policies and proponents with $$$$ and political actions.....well that's a POTUS that will get my $$$ and my time.

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