Barack Obama: Live by the crowd, die by the crowd? [Karl]
Jeff Jarvis flags the reportÃ‚Â at The Nation that Barack Obama supporters areÃ‚Â using his own network to organize a protest against hisÃ‚Â support for bill updating the terrorist surveillance program:
[W]hen itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a grassroots organization that makes you Ã¢â‚¬â€ rather than a party Ã¢â‚¬â€ and you say youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re beholden to them not to special interests and big money and lobbyists, well, then you really are beholden to them. If they rise up from within to tell you that they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing Ã¢â‚¬â€ when they use your own organizational tools to do that Ã¢â‚¬â€ then IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say you ignore them at your peril. Live by the crowd, die by the crowd.
In theory, it is an interesting dilemma. At the moment, however, the protest group has attractedÃ‚Â fewer than 5,000 members.Ã‚Â And if the comments at MyDD are any indicator, there are plenty of Obamatons living by the Al Davis credo: “Just, win baby!”
This would seem to be a perfectÃ‚Â vehicle for someone like Glenn GreenwaldÃ‚Â to continue his campaign against the bill — and Obama’s support for it.Ã‚Â Of course, if he promoted this group and it ended up amounting to a paltry percentage of Obama’s web supporters, Greenwald would be further exposed asÃ‚Â an extremist.Ã‚Â At the very least, he could get Rick Ellensburg, Thomas Ellers, Ellison, Wilson and Ryan to sign up.