The massive list of energized activists is the biggest stick Obama will carry in Washington. It enables direct communication at a remarkable scale. The next President can instantly address 16 percent of his national supporters, based on the popular vote. To put it another way, the list dwarfs the audience of all the nightly cable news shows combined.This is the point that the talking head and Republicans just don't understand. These people want to be involved. They want to serve and they are waiting to be asked by President Obama to help. This is 21st Century politics.
So even after the gauzy honeymoon talk fades, when people start second-guessing how much "political capital" Obama really has, there will be this resilient network of people committed to enacting the Obama agenda.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Movement politics to the Whitehouse
The Nation's Ari Melber has a great read on how Obama's 'movement' can transform presidential governance,