'Yes We Can' Turns into 'I Don't Think So'
I found in my inbox a "Dear Jennifer" missive from Obama's Organizing for America outfit (the successor to the campaign):
Partisan voices and special interests are showing real resistance to President Obama's call for making the necessary reforms and investments in energy, health care, and education.
That's why we need to bring the conversation back into homes and communities across America.
Last week, thousands of you pledged your support for the President's economic plan and encouraged your friends and family to join you in a national display of support. Now I need you to take the next step.
This weekend, supporters like you are organizing Pledge Project Canvasses to talk to people in their communities about this plan and mobilize support in neighborhoods across the country.
Host or attend a Pledge Project Canvass in your neighborhood this weekend.
It's absolutely crucial that Americans hear from you about this plan -- we can't leave this important debate up to a Washington establishment that doesn't welcome change.
It's up to you to show Washington that Americans are demanding this new direction and won't stand on the sidelines while our country's future is at stake.
On these canvasses, you'll join fellow supporters in your community to:
Talk with people about the President's plan
Ask them to sign their names to the pledge
Provide information on how to contact and urge their elected representatives to support the plan
Host or attend a canvass this weekend.
No, I didn't pledge last week to do anything for the never-stop Obama campaign, nor do I think very many people will be annoying their friends and neighbors with such conversation starters as: "Hey, don't you think we should limit the tax deductibility of charitable donations?" I can't quite imagine the reaction if my next-door neighbor greeted me with: "Really, even if cap-and-trade amounts to a $1,300 per-head tax in a recession, don't you think it is worth it?"
I'd be curious to hear the results of these and other scintillating discussions around the heartland. But getting people to vote for candidate Obama may be considerably easier than getting people to agree with President Obama's policies.