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?
I had to shake my head when I heard Richard M. Daley tell reporters approvingly today that Americans want change. It reminded me of something Barack Obama said over the weekend:
“Here’s my question for you, Ohio: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?”
Here’s my question for you, Chicago: do you think Richard M. Daley is delighted to support Barack Obama because he thinks Barack Obama’s going to bring change? Do you think Barack Obama and Richard M. Daley have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?
Only if he leaves them alone in Chicago.