OFA rallies eight for immigration reform outside key House Member’s office

posted at 9:11 pm on July 2, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

I’m one of those who honestly thought Obama for America (later Organizing for America, then Organizing for Action) would be a juggernaut after President Obama was elected in 2008. Never before had a sitting president had such an army of activists directly beholden to him, as opposed to a particular policy, and with direct access to them, which he could exploit on a daily basis to push his policy preferences. During his first term, the organization did its thing in fits and starts, organizing lackluster “house parties” for health care reform and generally finding insufficient ways to channel the magic of the ’08 campaign. The cult of personality never quite translated into an effective army for Obama’s domestic agenda, as envisioned. As it turned out, getting Obama elected is kind of its thing, and it did that very well in 2012.

Post-election, Organizing for America became Organizing for Action, a “social welfare” non-profit in the model of all those Tea Party groups discriminated against by the IRS. The organization in its new incarnation, headed by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and running the president’s @barackobama Twitter account, has now been put to use on two domestic priorities of the president—gun control and immigration reform. We know how gun control went.

Huffington Post reports on the OFA push for immigration reform:

With prospects of comprehensive immigration reform dependent on the House of Representatives moving a bill, advocates of reform have scattered across the country to put pressure on lawmakers. The results have been mixed, local news reports suggests.

Organizing for Action, the nonprofit policy advocacy arm formed to push President Barack Obama’s agenda, gathered only eight people to rally outside of the Merillville office of Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) on Monday to push the congressman to support reform. The congressman was not actually in his office at the time.

Visclosky has opposed a pathway to citizenship in the past and voted against the DREAM Act in 2010, according to Project Vote Smart, making him a prime Democratic target for OFA. Visclosky’s office could not be reached for comment about the representative’s current stance on immigration reform.

OFA started its immigration campaign a few months ago with the promise that it could place substantial grassroots pressure behind reform.

The results were better but still underwhelming in other spots— 20 in Tennessee, 25 outside Boehner’s office in Ohio, a dozen in Iowa. A speech by Harry Reid drew hundreds, but I’m not sure we can credit OFA for that. These guys have access to an e-mail list of 13 million and presumably the data to figure out which of them care about this issue. I wonder, as I have from the beginning of this immigration push, if this isn’t yet another symptom of the rather low priority Americans place on immigration reform right now. The Beltway thinks it’s a keen way to spend its time, but it thought the same thing about gun control. On a list of 12 issues, Americans ranked immigration reform lowest on their list of legislative priorities in May, right behind gun control, which just went down dramatically with no visible political price for its opponents in the immediate aftermath. I suppose Republicans might pay a price with some Hispanic voters if the House doesn’t pass something, but Gallup’s data sweetened by OFA’s anecdotal failures doesn’t indicate people are clamoring for this bill. If anything, vocal support and vocal opposition feel much more low key than they did in 2007. Up next, climate change, which also doesn’t make the top 10. Focused like a laser.

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….Obama for America (later Organizing for America, then Organizing for Action)

Now Obama Forking America

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM

once a thug…. always a thug!

Barack Hussein Obama and his hoard of “organizers” and community action groups.

PappyD61 on July 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Evening All!

His promised “brown shirt brigade” comes to fruition.

CoffeeLover on July 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM

….HotLips is back!

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2013 at 9:23 PM

OFA rallies eight

Well, they should take a cue from obama’s Fluke – when her “rallies” FAIL and attract only single digits, she calls them “successful intimate gatherings”.

Pork-Chop on July 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

They were all too busy down in Texas screaming “I hope your daughter gets r@ped” at GOP legislators.

Can’t be two places at once. The Dems must learn how to schedule their thugs’ time.

Wethal on July 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

I just lost my appetite. That — ugh! — pic.

John the Libertarian on July 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

501c4?

http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/so-how-did-obamas-organizing-for-action-get-irs501c4-approval-so-quickly/

Fallon on July 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

…Ms Lerner is on leave…so they’ll have to get back with you…on your question!

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I suppose Republicans might pay a price with some Hispanic illegal alien voters if the House doesn’t pass something …

FIFY

ShainS on July 2, 2013 at 9:28 PM

OFA: Obama F*cks America!

Every waking and, mostly, sleeping/stoned moment of his pathetic craven existence …

ShainS on July 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I just lost my appetite. That — ugh! — pic.

John the Libertarian on July 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Yeah, that’s one creepy-ass cracker.

ddrintn on July 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

501c4?

http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/so-how-did-obamas-organizing-for-action-get-irs501c4-approval-so-quickly/

Fallon on July 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Tea Party..
or…
Constitution….
or…
Patriot…

Doesn’t have OFA in the name..

Just a guess..

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

I just lost my appetite. That — ugh! — pic.

John the Libertarian on July 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I hear he got ink poison on his hands and had to have them removed..

Along with his feet..

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM

My browser needs a Messina blocking filter. Grrr.

22044 on July 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I just lost my appetite. That — ugh! — pic.

John the Libertarian on July 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

It’s Elena Kagan in drag.

antipc on July 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Please get that creepy child molester off the Hot Air front page.

Mark1971 on July 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

22044 on July 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

lol

CoffeeLover on July 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

It’s Elena Kagan in drag.

antipc on July 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

So she is wearing a corset..

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

now that made me spit out my coffee. lol

CoffeeLover on July 2, 2013 at 9:38 PM

So she is wearing a corset..

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Either that or it’s a chastity belt ‘cuz she’s saving herself.

antipc on July 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Remember the seven billion obama pledged for African energy development?
Two billion will be skimmed off the top to fund OFA and the many faces of ACORN.
The rest will go to GE and the ‘Flavor of the Month’ green energy scams so most of it can be kicked back to the DNC and obama bundlers.
All according to plan.

countrybumpkin on July 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Either that or it’s a chastity belt ‘cuz she’s saving herself.

antipc on July 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

eeewwwww.

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Remember the seven billion obama pledged for African energy development?
Two billion will be skimmed off the top to fund OFA and the many faces of ACORN.
The rest will go to GE and the ‘Flavor of the Month’ green energy scams so most of it can be kicked back to the DNC and obama bundlers.
All according to plan.

countrybumpkin on July 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Obama will come back from Africa and he and Mooch will roll play that movie..

Coming To America..

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Remember the seven billion obama pledged for African energy development?

countrybumpkin on July 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Giraffes for wind tubines. :)

antipc on July 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Giraffes for wind tubines. :)

antipc on July 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Now wait a tick…
You are on to something…..

Why spend all that money on fixed and permanent tower for that turbine generator when you can attach it to a Giraffe..

Genius..

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I have visions of union thugs in the town hall meetings COngressmen will be holding during the break. They’ll be loud, obnoxious, and get plenty of news coverage. They’ll be compared to the tea party, who the IRS still has shut-down, and life will be golden for the Democrats.

bflat879 on July 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

MOST INEPT ADMINISTRATION, EVAH!

GarandFan on July 2, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Yeah, that’s one creepy-ass cracker.

ddrintn on July 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Every time I see a picture of Messina, I’m reminded of the Buffalo Bill scene from “Silence of the Lambs”. “It puts the lotion in the basket or it gets the hose again.” Seriously creepy dude.

Kevin71 on July 2, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Messina has to be one of the creepier people around.

I’m reminded of that autistic banjo player in Deliverance.

BuckeyeSam on July 2, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Sweet Mary, that guy will always being the creep-ugliest pedo-vampire on the internetbox.

Jeddite on July 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I just lost my appetite. That — ugh! — pic.

John the Libertarian on July 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Yeah, that’s one creepy-ass cracker.

ddrintn on July 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

…he wants to date bluegill !

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Is that libfree’s or lostyourmother’s boyfriend on the screen cap?

arnold ziffel on July 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

…he wants to date bluegill !

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

KOOLAID, even she doesn’t deserve that. I think if we vanned her and had a discussion, her mind would get right. She ain’t totally effed up, but she does have her moments.

arnold ziffel on July 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Obama really…really cares…
Just not next year..

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Americans are hardly racing to push for very cheap labor when jobs are hard to come by and the future looks bleak. The real point I guess I am commenting on here is that Messina pic really makes me think of Gacy or something. Nothing personal. Just a really creepy look day.

Southernblogger on July 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Is that libfree’s or lostyourmother’s boyfriend on the screen cap?

arnold ziffel on July 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

It’s riding both sides of the fence, polygamy is only a heartbeat away.

antipc on July 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

arnold ziffel on July 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

…you may be right!…(but I don’t feel guilty!)

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

While conservatives sit on the butts and do nothing

The GOP will betray you

True_King on July 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The illegal immigration bill is dead… however do not stop the pressure on the House to make sure that it cannot be resurrected…

mnjg on July 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

As it turned out, getting Obama elected is kind of its thing, and it did that very well in 2012.

More likely due to massive voter fraud.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 3, 2013 at 3:21 AM

The speaker of the house, democrat John Boehner, will make sure amnesty gets passed.

bgibbs1000 on July 3, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Obama is a bully.

The bully Obama bullies Americans on the domestic front because he can.

The coward Obama is afraid of the rest of the world and is bullied daily by the likes of Putin.

Bullies what he controls and fears what he cannot bully.

He is a bully fully despicable.

Sherman1864 on July 3, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Good little Brown Shirts shilling for their master.

rplat on July 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Can we please have a moratorium on pics of this guy on the front page?

I know it’s significant that he was formerly the deputy Chief of Staff, and was the campaign manager for Obama in 2012, before becoming the head of the totally non-political OFA, but c’mon man, people need to eat.

The Schaef on July 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Messina looks like the most evil Howdy Doody ever.

Axion on July 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM