Diary

You know, lack of zeal makes President Obama cry:

No?

Then why have you not rewritten your weekend plans. the better to oblige his desire?

Results in on Obama’s grassroots appeal: It’s a bust

WASHINGTON — Few supporters are answering President Barack Obama’s call for nationwide house-party gatherings this weekend to build grass-roots support for his economic stimulus plan.

A McClatchy survey of sign-up rosters for a score of cities across the country revealed only 34 committed attendees in Tacoma, Wash., as of midafternoon Friday; in Fort Worth, Texas, only 54, and in Sacramento, Calif., just 78.

“Before the election, we would have had 500 to 800,” said Kim Mack, 46, a Sacramento city-facility manager who’s hosted house parties for political figures and causes since the mid-’90s.

Weren’t you Obama supporters paying attention during the election? This is what you signed up for: spending your weekends and other free time (not to mention laying out your spare cash) lecturing your friends and neighbors about whatever policy-it-is that the administration feels like flogging this week. Surely you didn’t think that merely voting for Obama was going to be the end of it, right? I mean, the First Lady told you what the deal was:

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

That’s you. She’s talking to you, Obama supporter – and, thanks to your participation in this exercise when it was all excitement, sizzle, and fun (instead of amateur presentations on why a trillion dollar payout to Democratic special interest groups is good for the country) they have your name, address, phone number, cell phone number, demographic data, and credit card information. So you’re just going to have to do better next time.

Or are you a sunshine patriot?

Moe Lane

PS: Me? I’m going to go see Taken, once my wife gets back from the class she’s teaching. My time is valuable.

Crossposted on Moe Lane.