At the end of the meetings, the host instructed the participants that "it is now our mission" to get the word out about the stimulus package by talking, emailing and texting to friends and neighbors.
What are Republicans going to do about this new challenge from the left to begin "remaking America" (Obama's Inaugural words) into a land of total government control over our health care, our laws, our courts, our schools, our money, our banks and our jobs -- plans that may double the government's share of our economy? Are Republicans ready (in Obama's words) to "come together, organize and stay involved"?
Obama has learned how to organize the grass roots, get them together in small groups (in the old-fashioned way) and then urge them to "spread the word and build support" (with 21st-century Internet tools). However, there is one chink in the armor of Obama's model.
Part of Obama's rise to the presidency is based on his reputation as a great orator, but now we discover that he can't give a speech unless he is reading a pre-written script! He doesn't even answer questions at his news conferences without the teleprompter crutch.
The teleprompter is a device that rolls the script on two screens, one on the speaker's right and the other his left. The teleprompter enables the speaker to look to the right side and the left side of the audience, back and forth, and pretend he is speaking extemporaneously.
The pro-Obama media have been trying to conceal from TV audiences the fact that Obama is reading all his speeches, even short ones given before small groups, but there are two difficulties. A teleprompter requires Obama to turn from side to side and never make eye contact with his audience, and it's almost impossible to get a good photograph of Obama without revealing at least a part of the teleprompter screen.
President Obama doesn't go anywhere without his teleprompter. He depends on it for every speech, even his six-minute tribute to Abe Lincoln, simple introductions of his own Cabinet officials and informal small gatherings. He is the first president to be so completely dependent on the teleprompter.
Nevertheless, Obama's tactics plus his 21st-century technology have been tremendously successful. If Republicans want to recapture Congress in the 2010 elections, they will have to organize both locally and with modern technology.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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