How Obama Did It

It involved hire a “drama-free” team, getting millionaire fund raisers to sell $3 key chains, and building an organization that reflected his personality — not the bad habits of the party establishment. It also meant technology — according to Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi, “the Dean campaign was like the Wright brothers. Four years later, we’re watching the Apollo project.”

> TIME: How Obama Did It

Author: Rob Goodspeed


  1. Rob – Judging from your thoughtful blog, I think you’re a good guy and good writer but do you honestly believe Obama represents REAL change in American politics. Obama drank the Kool-Aid very early by accepting tens of millions of dollars from the Wall Street clan, the folks we have largely to blame for our subprime mortgage meltdown.

  2. Kurt, thanks for the comment. You’re welcome to provide additional information to back up your claims. Who gave the money and what do they want? How will we know if/when Obama “sells out” to them?

    Is it possible to make a nuanced decision, or do the donations mean Obama and McCain are equivalent? How do you determine who you vote for?

  3. Rob – While you never really answered my implicit question, this is my best research find in supporting my initial argument. Pam Martens, a former Wall Street insider, writing for Black Agenda Report utilizes the resources of Public Citizen and the Center for Responsive Politics to illustrate Obama’s awkward relationship with the Wall Street kitchen. Click on this link to access the article –

  4. I don’t know what you mean by “REAL” change. Can you explain? What values do you look for? What past candidates have you supported? Nader? Anyone? It’s easy to be thoroughly cynical, but being a nonvoter because the “system” is corrupt is a nonstarter for me — the stakes are too high.

    I do know Obama is someone whose views I like and who will be a superior president than John McCain.

  5. Well, the real change reference is featured front-and-center on Obama’s website. As a big supporter, that’s why I am asking you. My values center on fairness and justice. And yes I haved voted for Nader but I have also voted for Democratic candidates. Ballot access for all candidates (not just Democrats and Republicans) is extremely important to me, for which I have collected thousands of signatures trying to get independent candidates on ballots in several states.

    To best illustrate my disenchantment with the Democratic Party, I only have to look right in my backyard in Montgomery County, Maryland. After making initial contact with the Democratic Party in the County to learn more about current activities, I was invited to a one-on-one lunch meeting that essentially involved the local Democratic representative selling his personal financial planning services to me. Is this what the Party stands for I ask you?

    Furthermore, I have well-educated colleagues (and I use that term loosely) who have given a substantial amount of money (at least $500) to Obama’s campaign with the hope that it might get them a job in his administration. Frankly, that’s a non-starter for me and totally defies the integrity of political engagement. So what values are important to you? What issues do you feel strongly about?

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