The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Obama for America, the already-massive campaign organization dedicated to re-electing the 44th president, rolled out a fresh website on Friday, a seemingly trivial development that could actually play an outsized role in next year’s election. After all, this is the same Obama campaign — staffed by many of the same people — that radically and permanently altered the way American presidential campaigns are run, and how they make use of the internet.

While this president has not been transformational in office, failing to “change Washington” and reduce the influence of money in politics as promised, he has proved — and this website shows that he remains — a transformational presidential candidate.

Barack Obama was a different kind of presidential contender in 2008 for many reasons besides his race and his name. He was the first candidate in modern history to opt-out of the campaign finance system in the general election. And he raised hundreds of millions of dollars from millions of Americans via the most aggressive and complex internet, phone, and canvassing outreach programs ever, with thousands of volunteers who loved the social network his campaign built from scratch, (or as it’s affectionately known to campaign vets, “MyBO”).

Not to mention that we can be reasonably confident the Obama reelect will raise even more than the $750 million they did in 2007 and 2008 this time around — and continue searching for innovative means to spend the money effectively on voter contact, persuasion, and attacks against his Republican counterpart.

According to an Obama campaign official close to the design process, the new site is “fully responsive, meaning it looks and functions as beautifully on any type of mobile device as it does on your computer at home. That’s a big deal for the millions of people who visit our site on smartphones and tablets — now they can donate, volunteer, watch videos, and anything else as quickly and easily as any other visitor.”

Which essentially means that even as many of those already actively engaged in American politics via the internet on a day-to-day basis won’t be lured in or incited to take action by a flashy new design, the base voters Obama needs to come out in bigger numbers than ever — African Americans, suburban women, college students, upwardly-mobile white professionals, and Latinos — could well be.


Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Donald Trump

Youtube Screenshot

The baseless claim that the FBI may have planted evidence while carrying out a court-approved search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday has surged through right-wing media, as the former president’s allies continue their effort to turn their audiences against the probe and shield Trump from accountability.

The FBI searched the premises after obtaining a warrant from a federal magistrate judge and “removed a number of boxes of documents” as part of a federal investigation into whether Trump had illegally “taken a trove of material with him to his home at Mar-a-Lago when he left the White House that included sensitive documents – and then, in the Justice Department’s view, had failed to fully comply with requests that he return the disputed material,” the New York Times reported. Politico concluded after consulting with legal experts on the handling of classified documents that “it’s highly unlikely the DOJ would have pursued – and a judge would have granted – such a politically explosive search warrant without extraordinary evidence.”

Keep reading... Show less
{{ }}