Skip to comments.Dems' Outsourced August Astroturfing
Posted on 08/09/2013 1:55:29 PM PDT by Kaslin
Democrats are feeling dispirited as they cast a wary eye toward 2014. Obamacare and the Obama economy are not popular among voters. So with Congress in their home districts during August recess, the presidents post-election campaign organization, OFA, also known as the replacement DNC, has launched Action August in hopes of coaxing Democrats into voicing support for the partys unpopular policies.
They claim to be following the Tea Party model, as some have reported. But if thats true, theyre ignoring the fact that the Tea Party reaction to Obamacare and the presidents threats for higher taxes in 2009 and 2010 was spontaneous and bottom-up. OFAs Action August is top-down Astroturfing.
Americans arent going to come out in droves to support Obamacare. Its not just Republicans who see Obamacare is making things worse. Independents do tooas do a growing number of Democrats.
Support for Obamacare among moderate and conservative Democrats has dropped to 46 percent, down 28 points since the law was enacted, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. A CBS poll in July found 54 percent of adults disapprove of Obamacare, and the number of Americans calling for a complete repeal of Obamacare has reached an all time high in the poll. Gallup finds that 43 percent of independents say Obamacare will make their families healthcare worse.
Union leaders, typically supportive of Democrat candidates, are also sounding the alarm. The Teamsters James Hoffa and others wrote to the administration saying that Obamacare will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members, and destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.
Democrats are desperate. Now that Obamacare isnt just being argued in the abstract, its much harder to deny its flaws. That means they arent winning over the American public as they expected to.
Thus, OFA is trying to generate the false impression of support for Obamacare by holding rallies and events across the country. But if Obamacare were good policy, it would be good politics, too, and there would be no reason for OFA to do this.
So, how is OFA doing? A recent Obamacare rally put on by OFA Virginia says it all. As Politico reported, Just one volunteer stayed to help work the phone bank for the health law.
With OFA taking the lead in this effort, its just another reminder of the dysfunction in the Democrat Party power structure. President Obamas election effort has left the DNC $18.3 million in debt, and even DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz appears to feel that the committee should be left for dead. Instead of spending her energy raising money for the indebted committee, she recently announced her plans to fundraise for her own leadership PAC. According to Politico, she is planning to employ the nearly unrivaled Rolodex shes built to turn it into political muscle in the Capitol for herself. Unsurprisingly, BuzzFeed reports that the White House is expressing outrage.
So its no wonder Democrats cant even organize more than two people at a Virginia rally; they cant seem to get themselves organized.
I’m not faling for the same crap I did leading up to November ‘12, Reince. Y’know, how Obama was “on the ropes,” that the Dems were “worried,” etc. Not falling for it again. Nope.
Not even the astroturf is showing up.
Besides Obama said every one gets all wee weed up in august..
I got an emailed after action report on the protests in front of my congressman’s office on Wednesday. The immigration “reform” activists only numbered about 20. The counter demonstration organized through local TEA parties and other conservative groups, numbered about 150! I guess the immigration “reform” supporters were just fair weather supporters. It was over 95 outside.