President Obama “They’re gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is “So am I.”
It’s Bye Bye Bi-Partisanship
In the President’s radio broadcast titled “Keeping Promises” on Saturday the 28th of February the battlelines between his White House administration and all and sundry budget opponents were finally drawn.
The principal protagonists? The White House supported by Obama volunteers, versus the Grand Old Obstructionist Party (sometimes known as the Republican Party or GOP) plus the usual hired lobbyists and campaigns for vested interests. However the President has a powerful longer term goal in reserve. Democratic control of the Senate and an increased majority in the House following midterm elections in 2010.
Obama Picks Up the Gauntlet
Bi-partisanship? Already rejected by the GOP. For now, it’s best to forget it. Numbers to pass the President’s legislative bills are what matters most. Without the necessary numbers in Congress, the President’s plans are at risk. Republicans are not the only ones who want this President to fail. His broad radical budget agenda has guaranteed that. Threatened vested interests are about to launch their attacks. In his radio broadcast on Saturday, President Obama picked up the gauntlet.
A Call to Arms
With perfect timing, The President used his broadcast as a resounding call to arms saying, “I realize that passing this budget won’t be easy. Because it represents real and dramatic change, it also represents a threat to the status quo in Washington. I know these steps won’t sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they’re gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them – is this: “So am I.”
Let the Battles Begin
Fighting words if ever I heard them. This is a President who has no illusions about the forces lining up against him. Some may be Democrats who can’t be relied on. Now is the time to look for their replacements. The Commander in chief has answered the challenge from the status quo. Now he will have to rely on outside organised DNC forces in all 50 states. A weaker control structure than that managed by “Obama for America” during his brilliant presidential campaign.
Organising for America
With David Plouffe (Obama’s former campaign manager) overseeing part time the new national volunteer network “Organising for America” (OFA), Obama’s former Iowa Caucus Director, Mitch Stewart, as OFA’s full time Executive Director has been given the responsibility by the DNC for managing the group, and for achieving President Obama’s goals.
With a number of copy cat groups appearing, these gentlemen will need to eliminate any ambiguity in setting objectives and strategy for OFA groups and in activating OFA’s field force. One immediate task must involve highlighting the Obama budget’s benefits whilst sidelining and discrediting the ideas of the status quo to ensure passage of the President’s budget proposals.
In addition, OFA activity in the field will need to persistently target and expose Republican obstructionists in all states. In particular, those GOP Senators standing for re-election in 2010.
A Clear Strategic Plan
The election of a President who is determined to keep his campaign promises has been achieved. However, winning the Presidency by itself does not provide for real change unless control of both houses in Congress can be delivered. Obviously this is Mr Obama’s next strategic political goal. That way he can be assured of getting major legislation enacted with his intentions and policies mostly intact.
OFA in the meantime will need all of the field volunteers it can get.
The battle for a new America has begun.