Heartache: Obama Fails To Meet Grassroots Recruitment Goal
Polls are polls, and in the polls President Obama isn’t doing so hot, but actions speak louder than words. And what may be a more important indicator of Obama’s re-election problems than the polls is the lack of actions by Americans in signing up to be grassroots supporters of his campaign.
The Obama campaign, which has prided itself on robust engagement of its grassroots supporters, appears to have stumbled in an effort meant to enlist at least 20,000 small donors by the end of September.
A campaign website set up to track the grassroots fundraising competition reported just 11,518 donations through 12:47 p.m. on Sept. 30 — a surprising result given the intensive focus on the program by Obama’s campaign team.
The president himself had offered a phone call to the two individuals who gathered the most contributions as a top prize.
It’s a long campaign, and we’re really early in the cycle, but this is perhaps the best evidence yet of there being less enthusiasm than 2008 for an Obama presidency.Tags: Barack Obama, election 2012