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Will Obama use his OFA network of offices and field workers to help elect democrats in the 2014 midterms? Will the microtargeting and phonebanking and canvassing continue with the same precision?

How can we keep this going? Can we start a 2014 campaign fund and donate to keep these people working for the next two years on registering voters and getting them out for the midterms where we need to win seats?

Any ideas? I've been wondering this for the past two weeks...


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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Slap them silly until they quit being turkeys voting for Thanksgiving and dragging the rest of the country down with them. Twigg

    by Katydid on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:26:45 AM PST

  •  Get it to work for equal right for transgender... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...people and I will be amazed.

  •  He really has to and we really have to (3+ / 0-)
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    tonyahky, Miggles, Sylv

    Obama should realize that Republicans are not going to suddenly stop obstructing him. That might have happened if Democrats had made serious gains in the House but they didn't. Boehner is already saying he has a mandate to keep taxes low. If Obama wants to get major, history making legislation passed in his second term, he is going to need a Democratic majority in both Houses in 2015 and 2016. On our end, we cannot let a repeat of 2010 happen in 2014.

    Let's not let 2014 be anything like 2010. Republicans only win when we stay home!

    by Tim D M on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:46:42 AM PST

  •  We should pick 20 congressional districits... (3+ / 0-)
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    politik, tonyahky, Miggles

    ...and replicate OFA's northern Ohio operation.

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:00:15 AM PST

  •  I've thought the same thing. (2+ / 0-)
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    tonyahky, Sylv

    Obama is The Great Community Organizer.  His skills have worked for us in this regard.  Somehow we have to make sure to keep that organization alive and thriving.

    The republicans are going to be going after the latino and womens' votes.  they see the writing on the wall.  we have to do everything we can to turn those latinos and women into hard core Democrats, before the republicans can pull the wool over their eyes.  

    we need to keep this well-functioning machine.  it's the best thing we've had in ages, and without it i'm afraid the republicans will regain their strength over us.

    "It's about what they've done, and when what they say is some distance from what they've done, that distance is the story. This is what the press is for. " Rachel Maddow

    by politik on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:11:14 AM PST

  •  Crash the gate...activate the local Dem Party (3+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, distraught, Sylv

    My strong recommendation to all OFA NTL's, team members, and volunteers would be to take this energy and reinvigorate the local Democratic Party structures.   Become precinct captains, database managers, issue coordinators, or any other job that you find congenial.   Or make one up if you don't see it.

    These structures, which often have significant privileges under state law in terms of access to voter information, poll presence, etc, can be the day-to-day foundation on which successful campaigns get built when election season comes around.   Precinct captains get to know their neighbors, know who's willing to volunteer, can organize social events to keep people in touch, and the precinct operations structure can convert into a campaign structure during the off years.

    I have the privilege of being part of such a structure in Arlington, VA and have no doubt that it is the strength of this day-to-day, year-in, year-out grassroots operation that keeps the victories coming.  I would love to see such re-invigorated, progressive structures replicated across the country and across the state.  This is very compatible with the vision that Markos's and Jerome's outlined in their 2006 book, Crashing the Gate.  

    I have to leave for the morning, but would be happy to discuss with any and all interested Kossacks.

    •  though we need to organize in swingable districts (1+ / 0-)
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      where i live it just won't help very much to get involved in my immediate area. The closest swing district for the US House is like 3 hours away. Maybe that's part of the problem... focusing on federal elections. There are some closer state races in the senate and house that will be up for grabs.

      •  Indeed, non-Federal elections are key (0+ / 0-)

        And they are the arena in which local organizations are actually most critical. There isn't (usually) a candidate with President Obama's off-the-charts charisma.  There isn't the level of external resources that OFA had this year.  

        But the grassroots people power that was the real winner this time is still there.   It just has to be mobilized and organized.   And if even a fraction of those who worked on the President's campaign move into the local Democratic Party, they will be in a position to activate the volunteer base when it is needed to win those important state elections that may get the level of media attention that the Federal races do.

        A key point here is that the challenges with stimulating interest in the lower profile elections is the same for both sides.  These are the elections that are won by hundreds, sometimes even tens of votes. So the relative advantage given by a neighbor-to-neighbor ground game is that much greater.   And that is a game that we just proved we are much, much better at.  

    •  Agree. Something has to be done at a more local (0+ / 0-)

      level -- which might be difficult given the top-down structure of DNC and OFA.  Midterm elections are different.  There is no unifying candidate.  Phone banking alone doesn't cut it.  OFA won the phone banking battle in 2010, but that didn't convince enough people on our side to go to the polls.  It's sad to say it, but the tea baggers and the stunts they pulled ran circles around OFA and Democrats in general during the health care battle of 2009 and then the 2010 elections.

  •  My biggest regret with Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    is that he didn't do this for the last midterms. One of my main reasons for supporting him in 08 was that I thought that he was going to use his communication and organizing skills to bring more of the electorate into the discussion.

    Instead he tried to play the inside ball game by prodding the congress to come up with a plan that he could support. Congress has historically low approval ratings for reason. It simply doesn't work. I am guardedly hopeful that Obama has learned from his mistake and run to pass his agenda like he ran to get reelected.

    •  Organizing for America (2+ / 0-)
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      Sylv, Thestral

      (which is what OFA is during the the non-election season) is part of the DNC.

      And to be fair, at least in California they worked to support California candidates. (and you might check out our successes in 2010.

      One would hope that at long last, Howard Dean's vision of a 50 state strategy would allow the firewall between OFA and the state parties to pretty much not make OFA solely in service to the president.

      But for now, the DNC is a top down organization...and I have no idea what they plan for OFA now that Obama's election is their priority, with the state parties getting whatever is left over.

      (yeah, now it can be told, state party activists have long been a little annoyed with OFA and the DNC since they gave Howard Dean the bum's rush after he helped deliver the president a two Democratic majorities to work with.)

      •  I'm talking about Obama himself (0+ / 0-)

        I want Obama to use the bully pulpit to bring issues to the populace and raise the visibility of midterm elections. Unfortunately it is my impression (possibly wrong) that Obama was largely absent.

        •  Maybe (2+ / 0-)
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          Thestral, Virginia Victory

          but having  strong, well organized state parties and rebuilding the Democratic Party in states where it has been absent for decades might be more effective than relying on top down leadership.

          It depends on how popular the president is in two 2010, most Dems were distancing themselves from the president to get reelected.

          My thinking is about the long term, but establishment Democrats can't think much beyond big donors and putting together campaigns on the fly.

  •  Keep OFA alive, then in 2014 (0+ / 0-)

    Obama becomes head of the DNC.

    Can you imagine? Electoral success for Dems in every race, top to bottom, POTUS to school board.  

    •  Keep all of your contact information, then (0+ / 0-)

      act to preserve and then to rebuild your own organization.

      Don't wait for the DNC or OFA or some other entity to move.  You have a stake in organizing and defending your own community, get together with others who understand this.

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