I’ve been on Team Obama’s e-mail list since 2008. I signed up then because I wanted to see whether I would learn the name of Barack Obama’s running mate before the rest of the media found out (as it turned out, CNN informed me that it would be Joe Biden even before Team Obama did), and I stayed on because I want to see what the other side is thinking.
Right now, the other side is thinking about how to follow up on its electoral victory a week ago. I got an e-mail from Jim Messina–the Obama campaign manager–on November 8th, and among other things, it says the following:
Last year, a major American newspaper asked, “Is Obama toast?” As recently as two weeks ago, another ran this headline: “Can Obama win?”
Tuesday night, you all answered all of those doubts with a resounding YES WE CAN. By knocking on doors, organizing phone banks, and chipping in a few bucks when you could, you built a campaign that is unparalleled. And you re-elected our president.
You also proved that millions of ordinary people taking ownership of a cause is still the most powerful force in our political process. You showed that grassroots organizing and small donations are not only the right way to win, but also the most effective way.
How we got here must guide where we go. If we’re going to accomplish the things America voted for on Tuesday, you’ve got to be even more involved in getting them done than you were in giving us all the chance.
We’ll be in touch soon about how we can get started on some of the President’s top priorities in his second term.
For now, I just want to say I am so proud of this team. And I can’t wait to see where you take this incredible movement from here.
Thank you — more to come . . .
(Emphasis mine.) Lots of campaigns dismantle their ground game operations in the aftermath of an election. The Obama campaign is keeping is ground game for upcoming legislative battles. I figure the chances are good that it will also keep the ground game so that a Democratic presidential nominee will be able to use it to ride to victory in 2016.
So, as the title of this post asks, where is our ground game? Are we building something to match Team Obama in anticipation of upcoming legislative fights? Are we building something that might help a future Republican presidential nominee break our losing streak?
And if not, why not?