With lawmakers scheduled to return to work on Monday to begin intense discussions before a looming fiscal deadline, Mr. Obama’s aides are trying to harness the passions that returned him to the White House, hoping to pressure Republicans in Congress to accept tax increases on the wealthy. The president’s strategists are turning first to the millions of e-mail addresses assembled by the campaign and the White House.
Already, supporters are being asked to record YouTube videos of themselves talking about the importance of raising taxes on the rich. Aides said those videos would be shared on Facebook and Twitter and would be forwarded to centrist Democrats, as well as to mainstream Republicans, who they hope will break with their Tea Party colleagues.
Oh, right, because they tried this game in 2009. And that worked so well with the ‘stimulus,’ Obama’s Last Budget, Obamacare and pretty much everything that wasn’t ‘get Barack Obama (re)elected.’ I freely admit (and have in the past) that OfA turned out to be crucial for getting Barack Obama to crawl across the finish line earlier this month, but as a method of persuading people who don’t feel like being persuaded it frankly sucks. If the President couldn’t get narrative-changing house parties (stop snickering) organized in an era where he was enjoying a compliant Congress and sky-high approval ratings, he’s not going to do any better in an era where the GOP has more of a veto power over whatever damfool idea Barack Obama came up with this week to justify his “I participated!” sticker.
Really, you’d think that they’d get new material. Then again, why should they? Apparently the NYT doesn’t even read its own newspaper archives. Or at least doesn’t want its readers to quite remember how it all went down the first time…
Via Hot Air.