Obama's Organizing for America campaign now hiring more campaigners to, well, campaign
With the national unemployment rate elevated and stalled at 9.7%, much higher in some places, and grumbling growing about the unstimulating stimulus spending bill with the $787-billion price tag, Organizing for America is doing its part:
It's hiring people.
The hangover organization of the perpetual Obama presidential campaign is now a well-organized wing of the Democratic National Committee. And it would like to organize even more than it already has organized during the campaigner-in-chief's first 15-plus months of campaigning for 2012.
If you thought all those "grass-roots" watch parties, support groups, e-mail and telephone campaigns were amply abundant in the effort to convince his own majority congressional Democrats to vote for the White House Democrat's healthcare bill, you ain't seen nothing yet.
The president spent another two days this week out of the Oval Office campaigning in person in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. Also eating a cheeseburger.
Meanwhile, there's financial reform to push and immigration reform maybe and climate change and next year, new taxes. And, who knows, perhaps even a 2012 presidential re-bid, do you think?
And most important right now, of course, there are the midterm elections on Nov. 2, which at the moment look a little gloomy for incumbent Democrats who went along on healthcare at the urging of the president, who isn't facing any voters this year. So maybe a few gajillion more e-mails will change the political tide.
Here's the OFA pitch: "Email campaigners are responsible for planning, writing, and executing grassroots campaigns to advance the President's agenda for change. Campaigns will primarily be driven through email and web tools and use fundraising, citizen advocacy, and local organizing to achieve our goals."
Here's what they want: "Excellent writing and editing skills with strong attention to detail...strong organizing and campaigning instincts; you can craft messages that move people to act and you know what actions will achieve the right impact at the right time...familiarity with HTML and/or online organizing platforms...ready to work hard; this isn’t a 9-5 sort of job."
Also you must be "passionate about engaging millions of Americans in advancing President Obama's agenda and changing the country."
The bad news: There is no mention of actual pay, as in money to live on. Also, although it's supposedly all online work, you must be willing to relocate to Washington because, well, that's the place whose harsh political tone Obama promised to change.
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