Karen Tumulty, professional
concern troll WaPo reporter, is not impressed when “Democrats spend big to lure Obama’s minority and young voters back to the polls”:
… The party’s overall budget for reaching new voters is more than twice as big as the $17 million it spent during the tumultuous 2006 midterm, which returned control of both houses of Congress to the Democrats…
On Thursday, the 2008 presidential campaign’s surviving grassroots operation, now Organizing for America, unveiled a spiffy Web site where supporters can get customized information about voting rules and deadlines in their states. It takes but a few keystrokes to fill in a voter registration form that then requires only a signature and a stamp…
There does not seem to be a similar effort within the GOP. A spokesman would not discuss its operations and scoffed at the bet that Democrats are making this year. “When that announcement was made, it just wasn’t taken very credibly,” says Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye. “Those voters just aren’t going to be there this time.”
He’s not alone in thinking that.
Some veteran Democratic Party operatives are also skeptical that the $50 million investment will pay off — except, perhaps, in keeping the grassroots operation alive for Obama’s reelection bid two years from now. Some even suggest that the president’s team has put his long-term interests ahead of his party’s immediate struggle for survival.
“I have zero confidence that they’re heading in the right direction here,” says one longtime Democratic organizer who didn’t want to be quoted by name criticizing his party’s major midterm election initiative. Added another: “I think they’re going to come in for a very rude awakening. It’s going to be brutal.”
Ratfvckers Conventional Wisdom: Young punks and the coloreds — what have they ever done for US?
But what will matter more than anything else, many Democrats say, is Obama himself. How effective will he be in convincing those who came to the polls for the first time in 2008 that this election is crucial to accomplishing what he promised then?
“It is very important to make that case to these voters and that the president be involved in it as well. And he will be at points along the way,” Kaine said. “The president is definitely signed into this plan. He likes the community-organizing aspect of it.”…
Has Obama indeed reinvented the art and science of winning elections, or will 2008 turn out to have been a unique moment that suited the particular gifts of one politician? The Democrats are about to lay down $50 million to find out.
Shorter Tumulty: If this crazy plan succeeds, it’s because the Democrats are throwing money around; if it fails, it’s because Obama is a nnnn… natural community organizer. (And we all know what that represents in Political Dog-Whistle — right?)