Friday, September 3, 2010

A Little Populism

"Why has the White House failed to convince thepublic that it is fighting effectively on its behalf. The principal culprit is Barack Obama."

John B. Judis, "The Unnecessary Fall," The New Republic, September 2, 2010

There has always been some tension between the technical community organizers and social movement organizers. There is certainly some overlap -- but the movement folks know better how to read the broader environment, how people feel, etc. The community organizers know how to focus for victory.

Obama showed both capacities during the campaign. Now, he seems to have lost the ability to read America.

"But the White House might have gotten more if Obama had proclaimed a national economic emergency.."

Didn't happen

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