It is one of the enduring yet neglected mysteries of Obama's first term. Why hasn't the massive, record-breaking volunteer and fundraising apparatus built during the 2008 Obama campaign exerted more influence in Washington?
Did I catch a glimpse of MYBO -- the Barack Obama of My.BarackObama.com -- last week? Is he back? Now if he can just figure out how to re-engage all of his friends across the country, the ones who are disgusted with Repubs AND Dems.
The Massachusetts Senate race is a watershed event that has enormous implications for this political year. The media is making it a referendum on Obama and health care reform. But that interpretation is just flat wrong.
Organizing For America, which was born from the Obama campaign's emailing list, needs to identify the real source of its problems: the fact that Barack Obama is not making voters as enthusiastic as he once did.
As the political punditry prognosticates of Democratic political disaster this fall, it is well to remember that Democrats have a weapon, the importance of which Washington types don't fully understand.
What went hand in hand with the technology that helped elect Barack Obama was a resolute and unyielding focus on good-old-fashioned political organizing. What's missing now is the organizing leadership.