Saddled with a faltering economic recovery, President Obama is rebuilding the campaign machinery that vaulted him into office, hoping it can overcome the challenges of persistently high unemployment and a fractured coalition of supporters.
The campaign is shaping up as a test of whether the much-vaunted organizing abilities of Mr. Obama and his team can offset the headwinds he faces. In battleground states, volunteers are fanning out by the thousands to reach out to neighbors who helped Mr. Obama in his first presidential campaign and persuade them to re-up.
Campaign officials said they know that in some cases, 2008 supporters will have to be coached to overcome what they see as disappointment that Mr. Obama has not achieved as much as they hoped. Several thousand times a week, still-committed volunteers knock on the doors of potential new recruits and neighbors involved four years ago to see if they will join in. The idea is to get face-to-face, neighbor-to-neighbor commitments that will have more staying power than those collected by strangers over the phone.
Yeah, I’m really looking forward to having my Obot neighbors sharing their personal conversion stories of how they “came to Obama” and discovered the peace and joy that comes from doing His will
Check out this really sly piece of political ju-jitsu:
In several interviews, aides to Mr. Obama said they were impressed with the early campaign tactics of Mr. Romney and Mr. Pawlenty.
Not only did they totally diss that skeezy beeyotch Sarah Palin by not mentioning her, by giving The GOP’s two strongest candidates the Obama seal of approval they appear to be trying to manipulate the Republicans into nominating some Tea Party nutball like Sarah Palin.
But the Obama campaign really did that because they want Republicans to THINK they are trying to manipulate the Republicans into nominating some Tea Party nutball like Sarah Palin. Then the GOP will nominate Mitt Romney instead.