Obama Offices:
Different, Separate and Apart From the Democrat Party Offices

Does Obama Campaign Not Trust the Democrats?
Or is it the Clintons?

Senator Barack Obama has built a national organization separate and apart from the national Democrat Party apparatus–at least in any state where the outcome of the November election is at all in doubt.

In state after state, the Obama campaign, in a break with tradition, has opened up its own offices–which largely push Barack Obama, and only Obama–apart from the Democrat Party’s own offices in those very same communities.

Obama has, literally, hundreds of these offices dotting the USA.

Will Election 2008 be remembered as the first contest between Republicans and Obamacrats–or the first between the Obamacrats and the Democrats?

[ABOVE: Obama offices in Ohio–these are separate from local Democrat Party offices in the communities listed.]

In Ohio, seventy Obama Campaign for Change Regional Offices–all of them separate and apart from the Democrat Party. In Pennsylvania, sixty-three Campaign for Change offices.

The list goes on: Virginia, over forty offices; Georgia, thirty-eight; North Carolina, thirty-six; Indiana, thirty-two; Colorado, thirty; Iowa, twenty-three; Minnesota, twelve; West Virginia, six.

In states where the outcome is already pretty much decided, Campaign for Change operates few offices: one in Texas and California, for example.

Does Obama Trust the Democrats?
Do the Democrats Trust Obama?

The Campaign for Change offices push one product: Barack Obama.

In our weekend visit to Obama offices, we found that local and state Democrat candidates did have a presence at the Campaign for Change offices–but not much of one.

Almost all of the usual campaign giveaways were there: pencils, literature, stickers. They were all on a small table in the back of the room.

That small table represented all of the local, district and state Democrat candidates–combined. The rest of the spacious room was dedicated to Barack Obama. In almost every case, it was Obama without a mention of running mate, Joe Biden.

The local Democrat campaign office, we were informed, was “down the street, around the corner.”

One of the offices visited last weekend was in Ohio.

A few months ago, after Ohio Governor Ted Strickland turned down the Obama veep invitation, Scared Monkeys noted the difficulties Obama was having getting moderates in the Democrat Party to get in line.

So much for gaining that candidate in an all important must win battle ground state like Ohio. There will be no Obama-Strickland ticket and Obama’s chances of victory in Ohio just became more difficult. What is more interesting about this decision by Strickland is that he is a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter. What does that tell us about the Democratic party so-called coming together after the bitterly contested primary?

To add just a little bit more Democratic party unity, Democratic Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma stated that Barack Obama is “the most liberal senator” in Congress and he has no intention of endorsing him for the White House. So much for support from moderate Democrats. As most had suspected, many moderate Dems find Obama to liberal to endorse.

The Obama campaign and supporters will likely dismiss the separate offices as “smart thinking” and “targeting resources”. But, each office sucks up resources: lease money, campaign materials and manpower. The Campaign for Change offices are staffed by volunteers, but a volunteer sitting behind a desk is a volunteer not knocking on doors.

But in this way, the Obama campaign is sure of one thing: the volunteer on the phone in a Des Moines Campaign for Change office will be talking about Barack Obama–not the local Democrat candidate for County Commissioner.

The Obama campaign is apparently charging fellow Democrats for Obama campaign materials. At a Democrat-sponsored booth at an event in Wheeling WV, local Democratic candidates manning the location complained about this sign of Obamaization. The booth featured many local and state Democrat candidates, but not much Obama signage or literature.

“We had to pay for them,” a lady complained. “They don’t give us anything.”

Even Obama supporters have to pay the campaign for everything in the offices. “Al”, who we spoke to at a local Obama campaign office, said he had to “pay for the lease out of my own pocket. All of the t-shirts, button, stickers here, I paid for.”

So, if Obama volunteers are paying the campaign for everything and picking up the tab for leases, isn’t this just a smart move?

Each Campaign for Change office becomes a cash cow: it not only pays for itself, it sends money to the national Obama campaign for campaign materials.

And, the staff isn’t wasting time contacting voters about the other Democrat candidates. At Campaign for Change, it’s All Obama, All of the Time.

Are there any other reasons why the Obama campaign built this network dedicated to the election of Barack Obama outside of normal Democrat Party channels?

Continue reading: Obama Campaign’s National Network Separate from the Democratic Party

by Mondoreb
Source: Obama Campaign’s National Network Separate from the Democratic Party

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at
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