The White House is trying to keep the momentum it built up in the election, after President Obama’s first term White House officials learned that the battle isn’t complete at the polls. In order to create a social change major steps need to be made, but major steps come from the ground up with the government following the lead. If the grassroots campaign the Obama administration runs can’t continue to keep up the energy I’m afraid the President’s ability to get the job done will be fought for four more years. Hit the jump for more.
When Tea Party activists swamped town hall-style meetings about health care in the summer of 2009, President Obama’s army of campaign volunteers largely stayed away, seemingly less interested in fighting for legislation than they had been in electing the nation’s first African-American president.
Now, Mr. Obama is seizing a second chance to keep his election-year supporters animated.
“If Republicans refuse to move, if they refuse to cooperate, then you’ve got to be willing to engage the American public,” said Representative Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat and important Obama ally. The campaign machinery, he said, “will respond to the president calling upon it to get engaged.”
As Mr. Obama tries to motivate his army of supporters, his rivals will be working to do the same. Republicans have acknowledged that they did not match Mr. Obama’s campaign operation, but in the tax fight, the party and its allies will also be using technology.