Friday, September 03, 2004

Remeber back when the Barack Obama 2004 Campaign Weblog talked about issues instead of just hyping his book or an upcoming or previous fundraising event?
It used to promote where you could go help Obama out, guess they feel like they don't really need your help anymore.

Also is it wrong (I am asking not judging with this) for a campaign site to hype his book since I suspect he sees the royalties from it?


OneMan

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The FEC says a candidate can't use campaign funds for "personal use," and suggests using Senate and House ethics rules for guidance. A casual -- even if repeated -- mention that the candidate is a best-selling author is probably not personal use, because it's promoting the candidate. If the site was used to sell the book (e.g., linking to Amazon.com), there would be some argument that a candidate is using the site for commercial reasons. Even so, since the campaign would be running a web site anyway, it probably doesn't constitute personal use.

Not a definitive answer, but maybe helpful?

V

Anonymous said...

Obama is getting so much 'help' from Alan Keyes' over-inflated ego and non-stop negative diatribes that he probably feels he can let his supporters have a break and gear up for a big gotv push in the final weeks of the campaign.

OneMan said...

I would argue that if you don't make those people who feel 'Raw Love' for Obama feel part of the process by saying we need help here, we need help there they are going to find other candidates to focus on.

Part of the appeal of Obama is the idea he is the 'great outside voice' and part of the original 'Dean Dozen' if he doesn't play the outsider card he loses the outsider card.

Finally, you are in September there is no time anymore for 'rest' the more Obama dominates Keyes the better it is going to be for Obama in terms of being a rising star, his ability to help the Democrat party in other places after November are all dependant on his image in part as 'Dominator'.

OneMan

Anonymous said...

If it were a 10 pt race, I would agree with you. However, since it is a FORTY pt race in Obama's favor, I think such concern is more wishful thinking than anything. The people supporting Obama now, will NEVER support Keyes. What Obama has to make sure of is that people don't get complacent thinking it's in the bag and not show up election day.

Again, I think this is where Keyes 'helps' Obama. The more he talks, the more he elevates Obama and cements the support Obama already has.

OneMan said...

I am not arguing that people are going to switch, I am saying there is a difference between the guy who will put up a yard sign for you vs. the guy who will just vote for you.

If you start acting like you don't 'need' to work for votes and you don't 'need' votes you can have problems long term. He needs to be thinking now about the step, be it governor or his next senate race. If you don't use pasion, you lose pasion.

OneMan

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen anything which suggests Obama is losing the passion of his supporters or taking that support for granted. I still think it's wishful thinking.