Yesterday I noted one big mistake in the Republicans’ rhetorical strategy this week–bashing Obama’s work as a community organizer. Today’s pitch from the Democratic National Committee ( I get 2 or 3 a day) shows what a gift the ‘Pubs gave them with this blast:
But worst of all — and this deserves to be noted — they insulted the very idea that ordinary people have a role to play in our political process.
Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack’s experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed.
Let’s clarify something for them right now.
Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.
And it’s no surprise that, after eight years of George Bush, millions of people have found that by coming together in their local communities they can change the course of history. That promise is what our campaign has been about from the beginning.
Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America’s promise by organizing for change from the bottom up. Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women’s suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek. And it’s happening today in church basements and community centers and living rooms across America.
Talk about causing needless collateral damage for yourself. I would imagine the Dems will saddle this one up and ride it all the way to Election Day. At this moment they’re probably taping TV spots with low-income people who credit community organizers with improving their lives. What a pointless and tone-deaf mistake, with so much more to lose than to gain.