Why is David Plouffe still sending emails?
by the mollusk, Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 06:14:14 AM EST
If you ever need a quick downer, go over to OpenLeft and read something by David Sirota. I tend to agree with a lot of what he says, mostly because I'm a pessimist by nature. Sirota ain't happy with Obama these days. His team of rival (singular) essentially pits the progressive image of Obama versus the center-right D.C. establishment.
In this narrative, Progressives have been played somewhat by ponying up precious time and money to get Obama in office only to find out that he's a re-run of the triangulation and lukewarm centrism that is both unsavory and unnecessary at this time. The counter-argument is that Obama is so overwhelmingly in control that his center-right team will actually help him hone his thoughts and skills to the point that mere mortals will shutter at his deft center-leftitude.
I'm not terribly comfortable with either narrative, but I do find surprising solace in the daily emails I still receive from David Plouffe. There is apparently a coordinated effort to continue online fundraising and drawing Progressives into the fold. Obama's team is urging us to get together to share our thoughts for the future and actually organizing Progressive causes into some sort of lasting force. I find this interesting.
I guess you could take an extremely Sirota-esque (or molluskesque) view of this situation and say that they are essentially co-opting the Progressive movement for their own cause (Obama) or that they are simply getting a headstart on 2010. After all, nothing says inaction like a bunch of liberals getting together and whining. Then again, that seems awfully Machiavellian even by modern US political standards.
The other view is that the Obama team really is hoping to turn the Progressive online movement into a lasting force and not simply a one-time honey pot that gets their man the Presidency. If so, this is reassuring to me. After all, being invited to participate is pretty much the opposite of getting dumped. And it does feel sometimes like we're getting dumped.