Here’s some great news from behind enemy lines. It looks like Barack Obama is going back to community organizing, and liberals are absolutely furious. The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsang reports that beleaguered Democratic activists are sick and tired of the way the Obama inspired organization Organizing for America is hampering their efforts at the local level. Suebsang shares some hilarious comments from state level Dems:
The nonprofit, which functions as a sort of parallel-Democratic National Committee, was founded to mobilize Democratic voters and supporters in defense of President Obama’s, and the Democratic Party’s, agenda. Instead, the organization has drawn the intense ire, both public and private, of grassroots organizers and state parties that are convinced that OFA inadvertently helped decimate Democrats at the state and local level, while Republicans cemented historic levels of power and Donald J. Trump actually became leader of the free world.
These intra-party tensions aren’t going away, especially now that OFA “relaunched” itself last week to protect the Affordable Care Act, boost turnout at congressional townhalls, and train grassroots organizers gearing up for the Trump era.
“This is some GRADE A Bullshit right here,” Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, wrote in a private Democratic-listserv email obtained by The Daily Beast. Handwerk was reacting to news of OFA’s post-election retooling, which was shared “without comment” to the group of state-level Dems by Crystal Kay Perkins, executive director for Texas Democrats.
“It also to me seems TONE DEAF—we have lost over 1,000 seats in the past 8 years… all because of this crap,” Handwerk continued. “Let’s get through the next two weeks—but then we gotta figure this out and keep the pressure on. WOW.”
We agree with Democratic party leadership(you read that right). As long as organizations like OFA are around pushing a radical social agenda that doesn’t play in most of the country, Democrats are going to lose elections. Democrats should hope these organizations recognize the folly of their top down approach and focus on appealing to locals.
We hope they don’t.
Originally published by American Action News.