Welcome to 44thPOTUS. On this blog I am looking to piece together a few coherent strands from this extraordinary race, and point you towards some of the reasons why we are at this moment in history.

I will look back on the election season and look forward to the priorities of the 44th President of the United States. I will analyse the issues, the money, the media, the distractions, and mostly the strategies of both campaigns.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Could it be you?

"This is who they are: they are the people who won this election. They were the heart and soul and backbone of Barack Obama's victory." - Joe Klein, Time magazine

More people voted for Barack Obama than any other person in the history of the United States - over 62 million, breaking Bush's record in 2004. The under-reported story of this election (though picked up by Time's Joe Klein)is the ground force Obama had - 700 ofiices around the country, exploiting the work Howard Dean began on the internet in '04, and in Dean's 50-State strategy.

These are the people that won the election, and they now want to continue that dialogue. This is Obama's unique position; he can and will pivot his mandate on the animated, active electorate of millions who see this as more than an opportunity to vote, but, finally, a way to come together, to organize, knowing the man in the White House is there because of them, and is one of them.

Perhaps the media are not picking up on this in the way they should is because they feel their power edging away. This is street-level stuff, neighbours talking, strangers getting to know each other - this election was decided becuase people used the online tools of MyBO to get offline, to stage events in unprecedented numbers, to make sure the vote was cast, but that the vote, the victory a week ago, was the first step.


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