Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Obama's Lost Army"

"As we now know, that grand vision for a postcampaign movement never came to fruition. Instead of mobilizing his unprecedented grassroots machine to pressure obstructionist lawmakers, support state and local candidates who shared his vision, and counter the Tea Party, Obama mothballed his campaign operation, bottling it up inside the Democratic National Committee. It was the seminal mistake of his presidency—one that set the tone for the next eight years of dashed hopes, and helped pave the way for Donald Trump to harness the pent-up demand for change Obama had unleashed."

Micah L. Sifry at The New Republic calls "the failure to keep the grassroots movement going" Barack Obama's "original, and most costly, political mistake."

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