Movement Politics

David Plouffe sent out an e-mail today asking campaign supporters to “help shape the future of this movement” by “Shar[ing] your campaign experience and your thoughts on the best way to keep supporting our agenda for change.”

I don’t see the Obama campaign as a movement; it was built around one person without an agenda. It was a movement only insofar as its goal was to elect Barack Obama.

And its “agenda for change” is the same Democratic platform we’ve had for years.

But Plouffe is on to something when he writes this:

“You’ve built an organization in your community and across the country that will continue to work for change – whether it’s by building grassroots support for legislation, backing state and local candidates, or sharing organizing techniques to effect change in your neighborhood.”

If the Obama campaign and its supporters really believe change “happens from below,” then this is a logical step for its organization to take. Imagine Obama supporters banding together to support local and state candidates and good government reform.

Of course, in Chicago that would mean challenging the very folks Obama never challenged – the mayor, the hacks on the city council, true reformers in county and state government. It might even mean supporting Green candidates over Democrats of the Cook County Central Committee variety. But that’s what a movement built around “change” would do, right?

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One response to “Movement Politics

  1. Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
    Andre Malraux

    Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.
    Andre Malraux

    Pass the salt. . .or, some such nonsense – Pat Hickey

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