OFA's Push To Sell ObamaCare Gets Off To Modest Start
It shouldn't surprise anyone that people have better things to do on a nice (or even rainy) summer weekend than attend one of Organizing for Action's information/recruitment/Happy Birthday Obama events, but the lack of enthusiasm Politico reported yesterday is somewhat telling. Who can forget the town halls of August 2009 which were full to the brink with citizens who were passionately against the government takeover of healthcare?
Dozens of communities around the country hosted pro-Obamacare events, convened by the president’s foot soldiers at Organizing for Action. The series is the first salvo in what is fixing to be a month of high-stakes health care spin. When Congress returns from its summer recess in early September, there will be less than a month until Obamacare’s most sweeping coverage programs start signing up customers in new health insurance exchanges.
That means gatherings like today’s in Centreville — although the slow start here is probably not what OFA organizers had in mind. After a scheduling snafu over the start time, a few people showed up and left before it actually started. Just one volunteer stayed to help work the phone bank for the health law, and the event’s organizer bolted after 20 minutes — although he was bound for another Obamacare event, a house party.
Politico notes that the turnout in Centreville isn't necessarily indicative of what went on all across the country, and OFA sent pictures of "bigger and more enthusiastic turnouts elsewhere."
I went searching the net for these larger crowds but found gatherings like this one in Jacksonville, FL to be typical:
See Twitchy for more "schadenfreudelicious" pictures.
Despite how sparsely attended these OFA events were, Rick Moran glumly notes at The American Thinker that "the challenge facing anti-Obamacare activists is daunting."
Benefits from the law are already apparent, as related by Mrs. Duvall above. But the real economy killers and health care problems won't become immediately visible. Some may take years to reveal themselves. In that sense, the OFA has the upper hand in this message war.
That's how it was designed to work.