Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Bring Back The Big Rallies

Last month I wrote a post in which I called for more big rallies from Obama, not less:

One of Obama’s greatest strengths IS that he is an inspirational speaker who can motivate the masses (an essential quality in a President). Motivating crowds is exactly what he’s going to have to do now, as he turns towards rallying the base, recruiting armies of volunteers, and mobilizing the enthusiasm for this election.

The Republicans will attack Obama’s big speeches as just “celebrity?” Good. Let them. In the meantime, Obama, be yourself, embrace your ability to move big crowds, and get back to that inspirational leader we saw in the spring. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. And, by the way, there’s no reason you can’t give concise policy specifics in that forum.

Today, suddenly, everyone is chiming in with the same advice:

Paul Begala did last night on Charlie Rose.

E.J. Dionne in the Washington Post:

The excitement Obama created at the beginning of the year has vanished, perhaps because his campaign (and, yes, many columnists) bought into the McCain campaign’s demonization of the big rallies. Absurdly, McCain is now contesting the terrain of change — and doing so at celebrity rallies of his own.

And Josh Marshall:

Beside his convention speech, I can’t think of a time in the last week or so that I saw Obama in front of a crowd. The appearances that I’m seeing showing up on TV during the day (an incomplete but probably not unrepresentative sampling) all look like there in front of a hundred or so people in a library or something. I wonder whether the celeb thing has just gotten inside his people’s collective head and they’re afraid to get him in front of real crowds.

If so, it’s a very bad mistake. He has to be who he is. He can’t run from his strengths. And he needs to charge up the people who want to be in the trenches with him. Excitement is infectious

Obama campaign, bring back the big rallies. We need as many people as possible to see and be inspired to work for Obama. Fire up the young people. Visit some campuses. Bring back the magic. That’s the inspiration we all need now.



September 12, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. I just hate being hit for calling out the reality of Obama’s media team. I feel like it’s 2004 all over again.

    Comment by slinkerwink | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. The GOPers are trying to steal this election already by way of disenfranchising democrats at the voting booths and sending out early, faulty ballods in Ohio. How will we know, the officials, will not let this happen?

    Comment by trellskig | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  3. He should still do town halls aimed at particular topics, but rallies make people fired up…Yes, rallies are important.

    Just a side note..It is nice to see Jill out there in Iowa today…I hope her and Michelle start doing joint round tables or town halls together…

    Comment by 3O3 | September 12, 2008 | Reply

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