More on the Continuing Obama Ground Game


Team Obama is not disbanding itself post-election. Quite the contrary; it is determined to keep its ground game intact in order to follow up its electoral victory with policy victories as well. See also the Obama-Biden campaign Tumblr, which is also sticking around to drive policy changes.

What are Republicans and the right in general doing to combat this? Do we have a ground game of our own? Is anything being done to keep the vestiges of the Romney ground operation intact and to build on that operation so that it becomes a formidable political force? Is anyone working to lay the foundation for a campaign team of activists and volunteers that will benefit the next Republican presidential candidate in 2016?

Because if they are, I have missed the memo. And I daresay that I am not alone. And if I am not alone, then that is an indictment of any burgeoning grassroots effort on the part of the right that is designed to help the Republican party make a comeback in the aftermath of last week’s election.

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  1. Member

    I cant help but grab at this straw: the more Team Obama hounds people about what they must do next, the more attrition they are likely to experience. Top down is top down. I’ll place my bet on grass roots opposition.

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    • November 16, 2012 at 7:05 am
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  2. Inactive
    Pejman Yousefzadeh: Do we have a ground game of our own.

    There have been many excellent postings at this site of a more introspective nature, but reading your timely message above makes me wonder if there’s not been an element of rearranging the deck chairs as the Titanic sinks.

    I’m reminded somewhat of a scene in King Lear when Goneril chides Albany for his apparent lack of action against an impending war.

    “Where’s thy drum?

    France spreads his banners in our noiseless land,

    With plumed helm thy state begins to threat,

    Whiles thou, a moral fool, sit’st still, and criest

    ‘Alack, why does he so?’ ”

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    • November 16, 2012 at 8:01 am
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  3. Inactive

    We need to know why we are fighting before we have a ground game.

    What I am hearing from Boehner & McConnell tells me we don’t know why we are fighting.

    What I am hearing from people like Bill Krystol about whether or not Social Issues matter, and how we should be reaching out to “Hispanics” (whatever that means) by talking about Amnesty tells me we don’t know why we are fighting.

    And when I read about how we lost by 407,000 votes tells me we did not truly know and passionately embrace why we were fighting.

    We were Chumps, playing a Chump’s Game, for Chump Change. And like Chumps, we lost, to someone who knows who he is and what he is about. So what he is evil. He at least embraces his Evil. We hold our Goodness at arms length, and so the strength we might have derived from it evaporated in the space we allowed to come between us.

    We won’t have a Ground Game until we acknowledge this and change our way of thinking.

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    • November 16, 2012 at 8:12 am
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  4. Inactive

    Mr. President is keeping his ground game intact. Good. I hope he gets everything he and his msm friends want over what ever resistance Republicans can muster. Then when it all comes crashing down as it must who is responsible will be clear and Obama won’t be able to claim Republicans kept him from doing what he wanted. Meanwhile I keep getting three e-mails a day from the tea party. There is a ground game out there The Republican party just isn’t participating.

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    • November 16, 2012 at 8:35 am
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  5. Thatcher

    Not many Republicans are interested in devoting their entire lives, or even much more of their lives, to politics. Especially the nitty gritty of accosting others trying to run their own lives.

    To many Democrats, life is politics. To them everything comes from government so the best way to advance their life and reach their goals is not to improve themselves, but to make sure Democrats get elected. They truly belong to the state; it is a devotion Republicans cannot match because it is antithetical to everything the movement believes in.

    Yes, we need more ground game, but I’m not interested in making it happen, are there enough people who will?

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    • November 16, 2012 at 8:44 am
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  6. Inactive

    pointing out the obvious from the peanut gallery doesn’t really advance the cause

    need people to actually do the work

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    • November 16, 2012 at 9:18 am
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  7. Inactive
    Michael Hinton:

    To many Democrats, life is politics….it is a devotion Republicans cannot match because it is antithetical to everything the movement believes in.

    There’s something in this. As an undergraduate in England I noticed that for the lefties (who were far to the left of the Democrats in the US), politics seemed to be their religion. The most conscientious of them pored over a page of Marx as though it were a page of Talmud. I found the students on the right (supporters of Mrs. Thatcher) to be far more pleasant company, and I was always pleased to see that they did not choose friendships solely on the basis of political views. For them, political discussion was important but it didn’t consume their souls.

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    • November 16, 2012 at 9:34 am
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  8. Moderator

    See also the next main feed post on Hostess closing because its workers wanted to fight rather than help.

    Throughout the campaign, conservatives have put their emphasis on opposing any Presidency that was gained. Democrats have put their emphasis on winning the Presidency and enhancing it. Conservatives don’t volunteer for this stuff like liberals do.

    As an example of the problem, I give you Rob Long’s statement that there’s nothing we could do as the election approached, and the repeated statements from him and others that the function of conservatives in a Romney Presidency would be to keep Romney’s feet to the fire. When all the guns are to be faced inwards, it’s less important to provide the guns.

    Also, this machine isn’t new. When Obama took office, it was essentially entirely union run (hence, in part, Obama’s biggest efforts, aside from Obamacare, being in their area). He took it over and rebuilt it. I’m sure that Romney would have worked to find issue activists to institutionalize support for his cuts, rearmament, and deregulation, but it he lacked pre-existing institutions (other than elements of the TEA Party).

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    • November 16, 2012 at 10:42 am
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  9. Inactive

    We’re banding together and taking a trip to Orlando to see how a real Orca works (sorry, I know it’s adolescent, but I couldn’t resist). 

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    • November 16, 2012 at 10:45 am
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  10. Contributor

    Chilling stuff, from The Action link:

    Congress has until December 31st

     to make a critical and historic choice. They can ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share, or they can put more money in wealthy pockets at the expense of the struggling middle class.The Action is a grassroots movement that demands we face this crisis. There is too much money and power in too few hands and the system is rigged to keep it that way. It’s time to level the playing field. It’s time to make things right.

    How is it “putting more money in wealthy pockets at the expense of the struggling middle class” to refrain from expropriating more wealth from a neighbor who reports more taxable income than you in a particular year? A few of my neighbors quite literally have more than 1,000 times my family’s net worth. This hurts me how, exactly?

    I agree with one point: the system is rigged to keep too much money and power in too few hands. the rigging is being done by the very people complaining about the problem (c.f., Solyndra, et al.).

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    • November 16, 2012 at 10:58 am
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  11. Member

    Why would we need a ground game? We have John Boehner! *[ducks]*

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    • November 17, 2012 at 1:58 am
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  12. Inactive

    For starters we can stop savaging our candidates who lose. That is the epitome of self defeat. It takes tons of gumption to run for President. It’s very hard work. For anyone of any Party, but especially the GOP and Dems where the stakes are high and the amount of money needed is astronomical now. We of the GOP, no matter which faction of it, need to coalesce. No more infighting. Tolerance for diversity (I’m so sick of that word but I’ll use it because it’s the “in” concept right now) needs to start in the GOP in its own ranks. No more harping about RINOS versus Tea Party. It’s all good. We need to unite and recharge our batteries and concentrate on recapturing the media. All of the media. The Marxist Stream Media has brainwashed our young people. I blame movies, television, video games, advertising campaigns, and, most of all public education from Head Start to graduate schools. They’re awash in disinformation and propaganda ala Marx and Alinsky, and who knows which other subversives. You might check out info about “The Project”.

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    • November 17, 2012 at 2:01 am
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  13. Inactive

    Agree with MsApprehension. Analyze the landscape and learn from mistakes, but don’t savage our Presidential candidates. And, on the big tent, a great Republican President agreed:

    “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty. As to the other issues that draw on the deep springs of morality and emotion, let us decide that we can disagree among ourselves as Republicans and tolerate the disagreement.” 

    -Ronald Reagan

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    • November 17, 2012 at 4:32 am
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  14. Thatcher

    Cry “Havoc!” And let slip the dogs of electoral war!

    • #14
    • November 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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