Obama's Vaunted Grassroots Organization is Withering
TechPresident (Micah Sifry) - "The truth is that Obama was never nearly as free of dependence on big money donors as the reporting suggested, nor was his movement as bottom-up or people-centric as his marketing implied. And this is the big story of 2009, if you ask me, the meta-story of what did, and didn't happen, in the first year of Obama's administration. The people who voted for him weren't organized in any kind of new or powerful way, and the special interests--banks, energy companies, health interests, car-makers--sat first at the table and wrote the menu. Myth met reality, and came up wanting."
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Predictions for 2010: It Could All Go "Right"
North Star National (Herman Cain) - "Republicans will regain control of the House, and the Senate will be split 50 to 50.
"Conservatives will be propelled into office because of the boiling resistance movement by voters against the ultra liberal agenda of the administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress. Just as it was difficult to quantify the Obama effect in the 2008 presidential election until after the fact, it is equally difficult to quantify the resistance effect on the 2010 elections."
Tea Party 2010: Revolution Brewing? Or Is That Some Weak Tea?
Pajamas Media (Andrew Ian Dodge) - "As the nation and the tea party movement prepare for the new year, President Obama and the Democrats have been rushing forward legislation which will forever change the country and raise the deficit.
"How far has the tea party movement come since the beginning of last year? A massive event occurred in Washington, D.C., on 9/12, and even greater numbers of people demonstrated all over the country to express their frustration. But ultimately, have they achieved any results? The bills have still gone through, and Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Obama have shucked aside criticisms."
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