Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama's Permanent Political Campaign

Here's an e-mail I received from the Obama campaign early this afternoon:
Friend --

When Barack Obama was declared our 44th President, you didn't just revel in that victory -- you started asking what's next for this movement.

How is this unprecedented group of volunteers, grassroots leaders, and dedicated supporters going to help make change a reality?

More than half a million people shared their thoughts and ideas about moving forward, and we listened carefully. Last week, President Obama announced the creation of Organizing for America -- a group that will work alongside the President to support the agenda you fought so hard for.

You can be part of its first steps.

You've already invested in the future of this country -- whether you voted, donated money, helped organize your local community, or got involved in countless other ways.

But right now, your participation in the political process is more important than ever. We'll soon be asking you to give whatever time or talent you can to support the President. With your help, we can bring change to Washington and the entire nation.

I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead.

Thank you,


David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

Welcome to the world of permanent campaigning. I don't know how many people will be willing to keep on volunteering for the Obama administration as the months and years wear on. However, the Internet will allow a large number of people to accomplish a lot of lobbying with just a little effort on each person's part.

So beware, members of Congress who become swing votes regarding key Obama legislative initiatives, expect to be deluged with calls from Obama supporters in your districts.

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