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May 28, 2009

Shock and awe: Obama's domestic agenda strategy

President Obama clearly understands that he has a limited amount of time to push through his radical, transformational agenda. The vast reservoir of public good will that he brought into office is already showing signs of drying up, and as more and more of the electorate comes out of its hypnotic "hope and change" trance, the more likely his initiatives will stall.

One area where Obama sees the window of opportunity beginning to close is the nationalization of the U.S. health care system. An AP article from today shows the president's growing alarm:
Obama says health care a must this year — or never

President Barack Obama
warned Thursday that if Congress doesn't deliver health care legislation by the end of the year the opportunity will be lost, a plea to political supporters to pressure lawmakers to act. "If we don't get it done this year, we're not going to get it done," Obama told supporters by phone as he flew home on Air Force One from a West Coast fundraising trip.

Obama's political organization, Organizing for America, invited campaign volunteers to a midday conference call to describe a nationwide June 6 kickoff for its health care campaign. The president's message to his re-election campaign-in-waiting was simple: If volunteers don't pressure lawmakers to support the White House's goal on health care, Washington would drag its feet and nothing would change.

[...] The president's conversation with his supporters was part pep talk and part a nod to political reality. Obama is looking to use his network of supporters to deliver a campaign promise, and if he seeks a second term in 2012 — an almost certainty — he hopes to keep many of those volunteers engaged in person and online.
Keep the masses whipped up, and they don't need to think about the damage they're doing to our country.

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