POLITICS
12/20/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Camp Asks Supporters: What Now?

Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe is asking supporters how to keep their network going now that the election is over, TechPresident reports.

"Your hard work built this movement," wrote Plouffe in an email. "Now it's up to you to decide how we move forward."

Early reporting suggested that some in the campaign, particularly deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand, are resisting the efforts of Democratic insiders to merge the network into the Democratic National Committee.

Campaign new media director Joe Rospars hasn't been named to the Obama-Biden transition team, raising the possibility that he might help oversee a grassroots organization outside White House and/or the DNC. The survey seems geared towards figuring out who, exactly, remains excited about the campaign -- and whether those supporters might be happy as part of the party establishment.

The survey asks supporters about their political self-identification -- from liberal/progressive to moderate to conservative -- and whether they reliably vote either Democratic or Republican, or fall somewhere in between. Supporters are asked whether the Obama campaign was their first time supporting a political candidate, and whether they worked for any other candidates during the primary season, be it Hillary Clinton or Ron Paul.

Cutting to the chase, the questionnaire asks the million-dollar question: "Would you like to continue to volunteer in your community as part of an Obama organization?"

The implication: that what the campaign built could stay alive as a grassroots organization, perhaps on the model of the Democracy for America organization that came out of Howard Dean's run, now operated by his brother Jim Dean.

How many people are part of this group? Marc Ambinder says there are "10 million e-mail addresses; the campaign estimates that two million people volunteered in some way and about one million volunteered to help get out Obama's vote."