Thursday, April 21, 2011
This early campaign speech, which I would judge as a work in progress, was still strong enough to fire up the crowd of supporters, and remind us of how important it is to keep working for change. It's always a challenge in a re-election campaign to re-kindle the candidate's original supporters, and especially where the first campaign was based so much on the promise of something new and different. Almost by definition, the 2012 campaign can't promise something new and different. What it can promise is to preserve and strengthen the gains of the last two years, against forces that are trying mightily to tear down everything that has been accomplished so far. Is that still hope and change? Maybe it's more hope and more change. The President's speech was about what we have accomplished so far, and what we have yet to accomplish. And as Mary Jane Stevenson, California director of Organizing for America, who spoke before the president, reminded us: "Our opponents are getting organized; we need to out-organize them." Though this campaign is going to be much too long and very tiring, and it will be difficult to re-capture the spirit of 2008, it seems necessary to start early, so we can out-organize them.
(photos by moi)