After watching the Democratic contest from the very beginning, weaving its way through all of the storylines that have progressed through the year has been an ongoing narrative of Barack Obama slowly catching up with Hillary Clinton. Adding complications to this is the accelerated primary schedule which has strangely brought the convergence of the two candidate trends down to the wire in most cases.
Now, with Super Tuesday looming, an all too familiar trend has reared its ugly head again. In recent polls, Obama has drawn to near even with Hillary Clinton, but there’s still daylight and election day is almost upon us. In this context, it’s going to take everything and anything to push him over the line.
MoveOn is going to at least help with the pushing.
Per Matt Stoller (this is real weird…) after holding a broad online “election” the high profile Lib/Dem movement has declared they are on Obama’s side. Like so many spoils up for grabs in the course of an election, this is a mixed bag. Against Obama is the fact that MoveOn doesn’t have the best image in the political world and especially during a general election will definitely be used against him to paint him as a “liberal”.
Solace can be had in knowing that this will happen anyway.
Thus MoveOn becomes a much bigger boon as the mobility and enthusiasm of the group is something to be admired and just the thing that may tip the scales in Obama’s favor at least in the realm of on the ground organization. There is still the press battle to be won, but that will do what it does.
For now, things in camp Obama are looking up, and I’m okay with that.