Reporting from Washington — As Barack Obama builds his administration and prepares to take office next week, his political team is quietly planning for a nationwide hiring binge that would marshal an army of full-time organizers to press the new president’s agenda and lay the foundation for his reelection.
The organization, known internally as “Barack Obama 2.0,” is being designed to sustain a grass-roots network of millions that was mobilized last year to elect Obama and now is widely considered the country’s most potent political machine.
Remember those Obots who bullied HRC voters during the primaries, and intimidated Republicans at polling stations in some neighborhoods? Who deluged radio stations with angry phone calls if the host or guest dared to question The One? Who knowingly broke campaign finance laws in order to donate to their Messiah? Who took to the streets in all of our major cities and signed up non existant people to vote, and then went on t.v. to defend that? And the bullies, mobies and astroturfers who polluted the internet with their b.s? And, oh yeah. The people who followed their idol’s lead, and called everyone who disagreed with him, racists.
Those people are Obama’s “grassroots network”.
Organizers and even Republicans say the scope of this permanent campaign structure is unprecedented for a president. People familiar with the plan say Obama’s team would use the network in part to pressure lawmakers — particularly wavering Democrats — to help him pass complex legislation on the economy, healthcare and energy.
The plan could prompt tensions with members of Congress, who are unlikely to welcome the idea of Obama’s political network targeting them from within their own districts. Already, Democratic Party officials on the state level worry that it could become a competing political force that revolves around the president’s ambitions while diminishing the needs of down-ballot Democrats.
Though the plan still is emerging, one source with knowledge of the internal discussion said the organization could have an annual budget of $75 million in privately raised funds. Another said it would deploy hundreds of paid staff members — possibly one for every congressional district in certain politically important states and even more in larger battlegrounds such as Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina.
Is this even legal?!
The full-time staff is likely to consist primarily of the presidential campaign workers, many in their 20s, who served as the local points of contact for the campaign’s vast network of neighborhood volunteers. As part of the new organization, these workers probably would focus on similar campaign-style tasks, such as arranging phone banks, distributing signs, recruiting more helpers, buying coffee and doughnuts for house meetings and reporting voter contact data to senior officials.
“The only way to keep this thing going is to have boots on the ground,” said a strategist familiar with the plan who spoke on condition of anonymity because campaign officials have not granted permission to talk about it.
And the asleep at the wheel Republicans in Congress still haven’t figured out what they’re in for. They’re still in full swoon over “our first black President”!!11!
Hat tip: Hot Air
JUST AS BAD:
Another idea being bandied about by the Obama camp is to use the $75 million per year in private donations to create a permanent organization of disaster volunteers – Obama’s own personal FEMA, if you will, to do his bidding:
In what would be another unprecedented step, Obama’s political staff is deciding whether to create a service organization that would use the vast corps of its grass-roots campaign supporters. As described by one source knowledgeable with the discussions, this nonprofit arm would be used to help victims of natural disasters, but would do so under the Obama umbrella while continuing to build the overall network’s massive e-mail database.
Something tells me, the natural disaster work would be very secondary to the permanent campaign work.
And the uniforms would be brown.
Hat tip: Ace , who says:
Unacceptable. Obama is seeking to create a shadow bureaucracy answerable not to the taxpayer but only to himself.
This whole thing sounds like a walk back from his original idea of a Civil Service Corps that would have been at the taxpayer’s expense.
Last July, Obama announced his plan to build a massive “civilian national security force” here in America. He claimed It would be just as well funded as the US military.
You might ask – Where did Obama get his ideas for this volunteer civilian force ? Just a theory.
Gateway Pundit noted:
Unfortunately for America, Barack Obama’s security plan is already practiced.
Not in America but in Marxist regimes.
Gusano at Babalu grew up with a civilian national security force… in Cuba:
Basically, what Obama is talking about is creating a Committee for the Defense of Liberal Ideology and Political correctness funded by a half trillion taxpayer dollars. National Security for this crowd is not about stopping terrorists from killing our children. National Security means to teach our children to understand the terrorists and their motivations so that our children can learn how to live their lives submissively so as not to offend the sensitivities of the very sensitive America haters.
Their version of National Security is to force you to act for the common good of society and not in your own best interest. Since this goes against human nature, the half trillion dollar “Civilian National Security Force” will have to force Americans to change their nature and create a new citizen that is self sacrificing and collective in nature-an ant-like new man, like Che’s and Fidel’s new man.
This concept is eerily similar to the Castroite CDR block snitch network that I grew up with only better funded and more ideologically pure.