My expectation was that OFA would have some organizational momentum going into 2010 and it was there. I also expected a lack of enthusiasm because of uncertainty about the President’s positions and that was also the case. We can do better.
We need a clear understanding of the President’s positions. There is too much nuance in messages coming out of the White House. Our Nation, feeling the chronic burden of unemployment, the exhaustion of our working poor and the escalating obsolescence, also has to deal with GOP politically induced doubt. It’s effective for OFA field workers to reinforce Obama’s positions. It’s impossible to imagine what the are. We need leadership.
Disenchantment was the most difficult issue we faced as we contacted voters and encouraged them to go to the polls. Apathy was the obstacle and it was there because voters thought they were in it all alone. A little vision from the top will go a long way toward energizing a public feeling increasingly isolated and confused.