is upset at Obama's late use of his internet/email list.
I have a question for the Obama staff. Why was the Democratic Party so
miserable in trying to explain your stimulus plan to the American
people when the mass media finally gave them some air time? Why did you
let the messaging get away from you? Why wasn't this LIST immediately
implemented to take the lead on the messaging of his economic plan?
Don't you think it's a little late to remember that this LIST existed?
Obviously, I don't believe Obama forgot the list. In fact, I am quite sure he knows it's there. But there is such a think as over kill. During a presidential campaign, we all are more than willing to put up with a constant stream of email's requesting donations, enlisting aid, etc., etc., etc. But there is no campaign. This is a different situation, with different expectations. Are people willing to put up with the same level of emails from the President? Will it even work? And if it does, will it work every time he breaks it out?
Now, I don't even begin to believe I have the answers to those questions. But to assume that the power of that list is going to work now that he is in the Oval Office is presumptuous. Of course, I know he's going to use the list. That's a given. But I also understand why he's been hesitant until know. Had he used it earlier, when the debate on the stimulus bill was just starting up, and it failed, what then?
When the use of the internet first occurred with Dean's campaign, the one thing I noticed was it's rapid fire response. The ability to generate donations was instantaneous. What use to take weeks, happened in 24 hours. Also, the response of progressive and moderate blogs to counter the lies and distortions of the Republican talking points was also rapid. This ability to immediately respond makes the net a better defensive tool.
The greatest weakness of the progressive movement has been it's impatience. John Amato is putting that impatience on display. Can we all remember: