The dream of the Obama presidency based on a movement model of politics was devised by Marshall Ganz
, a veteran union organizer and lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School
, hired as an Obama campaign official and charged with training Obama volunteers-and articulated by Ganz's ally, Peter Dreier, also an Obama adviser, a member of Progressives for Obama, and a politics professor at Occidental College.
was both the theorist and practitioner of the Obama-as-movement-leader notion while Dreier played the role of publicist, heralding the new age in articles in The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, and Dissent.
Immediately after the midterm elections, Ganz
leaped forward to charge that in office the president had lost his
organizer's fire and neglected to deliver the wonderful speeches that would frame the political discourse for the movement.
lamely sought reform, in Ganz's words, "inside a system structured to resist change," ignoring and even scorning liberal and leftist advocacy groups.
demobilized the networks generated by MyBarackObama.com that Ganz
and Dreier claimed had helped win the Democratic nomination and then the White House.
became "transactional" instead of "transformational.
Now, to salvage his presidency, Ganz contends, Obama must contritely "acknowledge responsibility for his mistakes" and become the community organizer president that the movement advocates want him to be, speaking boldly "for the anxious and marginalized" and leading "in the task of putting Americans to work rebuilding our future."
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