Obama plans to issue a call-to-action video message to his supporters on Monday, the first in a series of personal efforts designed to rekindle the grass-roots magic that propelled him to the presidency in service to his party's congressional and gubernatorial candidates, Democratic officials said.Obama has been campaigning ever since he got in office, so I'm not really sure how this is news. But it does show that Dems are getting serious about a possible Republican re-awakening this November. I'm not sure how they expect to combat that successfully by trying to encourage voter participation from people who don't want to participate.
The keystone of the Democratic National Committee's $50 million plan for the midterms is persuading the roughly 15 million people who voted for the first time in 2008 to return to the polls this fall. Although such voters historically do not cast ballots in midterm elections, party leaders think their participation this year could help lift Democrats over the top in close contests.
Here's DNC Chairman Timothy Kaine:
Our story begins with: Democrats are results people and the Republicans are political obstructionists... Do we want to continue the direction that sees us climbing out of the recession or do we want to go back to the same policies that put us in the ditch in the first place?Sorry, Kaine. Obstructionism works when the American people want less government. A recent Gallup poll shows that the Democratic advantage enjoyed in 2008 has all but disappeared, and the reason for that is because Independents want a less-intrusive, more libertarian style governance. Democrats are giving them just the opposite. Continuing to give them just the opposite will be to the Democrats demise when the mid-terms roll around.