White House/OFA gun-control project off to inauspicious start

posted at 7:01 pm on January 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This week, the Entity Formerly Known As The Obama Campaign transformed itself into a lobbying/grassroots activist group, intending on leveraging its microtargeting and marketing success into generating a groundswell of support for Obama’s political agenda.  Their first project — frighten legislators into backing Obama’s gun-control proposals by touching off a deluge of phone calls and communications to Capitol Hill offices.  So far, though, the genius of the campaign seems to be somewhat lacking, according to Buzzfeed’s John Stanton (via Instapundit):

Call in campaigns can be a powerful tool in lobbying Congress: when done right, lawmakers’ offices are inundated with thousands of constituents demanding to speak with the senator or congresswoman about a particular issue. Well-orchestrated campaigns can even result in the congressional switchboard going down for hours at a time, disrupting everyday life in the Capitol and giving everyone in the building a sense of a national grassroots surge.

But the Obama email, penned by Former Obama campaign manager and National Chairman for OFA Jim Messina, didn’t seem to be having much of an effect Friday afternoon. Five Democratic and Republican offices contacted by Buzzfeed from Illinois, Kentucky, California, Oklahoma and Tennessee reported either normal or below normal call traffic during Friday afternoon, and no perceptible increase in calls about gun control.

One of the offices indicated it was unclear if it received any calls on the issue at all during the day Friday.

Why might that be?  A few explanations come to mind, a couple of which Stanton notes.  First, for some reason, the e-mail missive from Messina didn’t go out until Friday afternoon, which means most people probably missed it.  Why send it out on a Friday at all anyway? Politicians are usually heading out of town on that day, especially with nothing pressing on either chamber’s legislative schedule.  By Monday, that e-mail will be buried by more recent and more personally relevant messages from the weekend and early morning.  For an organization lauded for its electoral genius and tech savvy-ness, that’s a rather easy thing to figure out.

There are a couple of other points worth mentioning, too.  First, the power of the e-mail list in a campaign doesn’t translate to anything well other than perhaps fundraising outside of a campaign.  It’s not nothing, but impersonal e-mails are not going to be all that significant in grassroots organizing; that will take a lot more personal contact than spamming a list that gets at least a couple of messages a day. More importantly, the subject matter is not a slam-dunk for OFA, either.  There’s a reason why Democrats refused to renew the assault-weapons ban in 2004 and had stopped talking about gun control between 2000 and last month — it’s not popular.  The people who will get passionate about gun control and organize on its basis are its opponents.

They may end up learning that lesson the hard way a second time.


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OT – what if the vaults are empty? Why were the Swiss so dumb so as to deposit AU in the US?

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

O bama
f lukes
A merika

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Obamapropaganda only works with the Looters.

Supporters of the 2nd Amendment, gun owners, hunters, sportsmen, etc, aren’t likely to be of that crowd.

It’s going to take more than a “Julia” graphic or a stupid slogan like “hope and change” to get these people to surrender their Constitution.

wildcat72 on January 26, 2013 at 7:05 PM

OT – what if the vaults are empty? Why were the Swiss so dumb so as to deposit AU in the US?

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I think they foresee a dictator Obama confiscating their gold. After all, it’s the sort of thing a Mugabe or a Chavez would do, and Obama is cut from the same cloth.

wildcat72 on January 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

They may end up learning that lesson the hard way a second time.

Only if the R/C idiots in DC turn on their brains and (pea)nuts.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Goddamned astroturf Million Moron Mouthbreathers march for gun control today.
BTW, the chief media cretin of the Bloomberg-connected anti-gun group that made that contemptible ad the other day came from the MMM. It’s one small cluster of incestuous anti-gun fanatics, running a score of shell groups and media campaigns. Take out about a dozen key people (and their financiers) in the anti-gun movement and the whole thing would collapse.

rayra on January 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM

If they contact me ill kindly reply ‘f#@k off’.

jawkneemusic on January 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Obama Learns He Is Not Omnipotent; Will He Overreach?

George Orwell said it best: “Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.”

If, “whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible,” there is no reason to think that the winning side sees their own power any differently. As often as not, The winning side will think they are invincible. Which brings us to another deduction: The winning side will tend to overreach.

..there is still reason to believe that this whole ongoing gun grab will be an overreach, both legislatively and judicially. Maybe ObamacareTax will become an acknowledged shame and failure to the government.

http://lastresistance.com/1131/obama-learns-he-is-not-omnipotent-will-he-overreach/

***

Breitbart has an exclusive Q&A with Sarah Palin. Here’s a portion of it below where she discusses what’s next for her in terms of the country:
http://www.therightscoop.com/sarah-palin-on-whats-next-we-cant-just-preach-to-the-choir/

Green eyed Lady on January 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Here’s the new face of the same old anti-gun fanatics

http://www.csgv.org/

Ladd Everitt, Director of Communications, is the million mom marcher moron.

Josh Horwitz, Executive Director, –
Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the George Washington University. He is a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and co-authored a book, Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea, that was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2009.

That’s the sack of anti-Constitution excrement that Bloomberg just poured a billion dollar warchest onto. Today’s astroturf march in DC is just the start of a long campaign aimed squarely at convincing legislators to betray their oaths.

rayra on January 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

I think the flies got the e-mail, they seem to be landing on the top DC BS artist. Anybody else think all the flies landing on OblameO are strange. Maybe they are smarter than we are, they sense what the man really is.

stormridercx4 on January 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

…not to worry!…there’s always the Executive Order!…and a complacent DOJ!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Maybe they put it on Friday so they had an excuse for why it didn’t work…

Better to look like a campaign staff error than admit no one will buy what you are selling.

ChrisL on January 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Seems to me that many of the recipients of Obama’s government largess are also gun owners. Up until now, all they got from Obama and the Democrats was promises of more cash and goodies. All of a sudden what they hear is that the government wants to take something away – their guns. Maybe they’ll learn a lesson from this exercise.

Curtiss on January 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

effing moron… bottom line

ultracon on January 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

inauspicious

Love this word, always have.

Ed, just a housekeeping question if you have any idea. 1414 on the Palin thread. Just wondering why it hasn’t been shifted over to the left column. Many folks have inquired. Happy Saturday Evening. *clink!*

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I think this is the part where the Oministration attempts to manufacture MORE social unrest than he already managed to achieve. It is going to backfire.

/pardon the pun.

Key West Reader on January 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Sound, fury, what not. :)

ThePrez on January 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Gun control legislation is going no where until amnesty is a done deal.

Rovin on January 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

When I think about the emails I get on a daily basis, I just can’t help reflect on how sick people must be of hearing from Obama. These people are not known for putting themselves out and most of them probably only “invest” in him based on the probability of a larger return. He’s just becoming a nag.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

White House/OFA gun-control project off to inauspicious start

I remember countless similar stories about the White House/OFA reelection efforts.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I do email marketing for a living. Sending an email out to your subscribers on a Friday afternoon is plain stupid, for all the reasons that Ed lists.

ExUrbanKevin on January 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Rovin on January 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Why? Obama had four years to push amnesty and garner more voters, won’t he be afraid the images of those beautiful children will fade from our memories?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Since only Obama and his minions are the only Americans that know his gun control policies would never have saved those beautiful children, an extra 14 million newly emancipated voters would be more than happy to sign on to this lunacy.

Rovin on January 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Ed must have already left the building. How very inauspicious of him. I just love that word!

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I like simulacrum better !

Lucano on January 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Lucano on January 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

That’s a good one too. ; )

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Truth be known I actually picked up, inauspicious, from His Holiness the Dali Lhama. He seems to like it too.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Evidently Messina isn’t as good at Astroturfing as Axelturf was.

I have no doubt they’ll flood the local papers with “” talking points.

I’ve already responded to several with a great deal of ridicule, pointing out that they don’t have a clue as to what they’re talking about.

They don’t have a sense of humor.

GarandFan on January 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Laughable. No one cares about gun control that much now that the emotional effects of Newtown have almost entirely vacated the national psyche. Obama is pi$$ing up a rope and Feinstein has no recognition of reality. They don’t have the votes in the Senate nor Congress and public sentiment seems to favor leaving things as is. I regard all of the politicians in DC (and elsewhere) as nothing more than professional meddlers.

This has devolved into a non~issue.

End of story.

DevilsPrinciple on January 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Maybe it’s Obama Fatigue…

workingclass artist on January 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

‘Obama, stop sending me emails’: People beg for campaign that never ends to end
http://twitchy.com/2013/01/25/obama-stop-sending-me-emails-people-beg-for-campaign-that-never-ends-to-end/

The 2012 campaign proved that the Democrats and President Obama have a firm grasp on Internet outreach, not to mention an pretty hearty appetite for harvesting email addresses by any means necessary. Millions of Americans have chosen to continue their love affair with the 44th president into his second term, but more and more are wishing he were a little less clingy when it comes to email.

The Obama campaign needs to stop sending emails you can only be president for 8 years what else do you want from me.—
Amy Rhodes (@iamamyrhodes) January 21, 2013

Dear Obama, I’ve unsubscribed from your emails a million times STOP. EMAILING. ME.—
Gabby. (@TheQueenOfDone) January 20, 2013

Obama stop sending me emails.—
Isabella (@TravelLikeLight) January 25, 2013

No reason for me to keep gettin these Obama emails—
Nev (@YungSwoleAF) January 25, 2013

All i really want is for the Obama emails to stop…—
Tashawn Jones (@igotchaopin) January 25, 2013

Galt2009 on January 26, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I think the flies got the e-mail, they seem to be landing on the top DC BS artist. Anybody else think all the flies landing on OblameO are strange. Maybe they are smarter than we are, they sense what the man really is.

stormridercx4 on January 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

It is weird. Almost like some Omen/666 portent of evil for flies to continually be drawn to a POtuS. When moths begin to fly out of his mouth in droves during a speech, it’s time to head for the hills.

ghostwalker1 on January 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Flies know where the turd is

TexasJew on January 27, 2013 at 12:19 AM

WILL NOT SUBMIT

TX-96 on January 27, 2013 at 6:03 AM

TexasJew on January 27, 2013 at 12:19 AM

The flies know.

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM