Organizing for America (OFA), the DNC-ruled “grassroots” organization formed from the massive Obama ’08 email list, is asking people in NJ-2 & NJ-7 to drop what they’re doing and call Frank LoBiondo and Leonard Lance and ask them to vote Yes on the public option. The debate has been going on all day on the floor of the House. Watch LIVE.
Obama voters in 31 other districts got the same email, districts Obama won but have GOP congressmen. But it’s a complete waste of time to call Republicans, and the DNC/OFA knows it. This is a muscle-flex for the GOP. They’ve spent all day, in some ridiculous, dramatic and even toddler-juggling vignettes, telling you they’re voting no. So why is OFA trying to get you to waste your time on Lance & LoBiondo when you could be calling an actual Democrat who plans to vote no on Public Option?
As Scott pointed out today, with the GOP unanimous, if this is to pass, all the 218 votes have to come out of the Democratic caucus. And Rep. John Adler (NJ-3) is one Democrat threatening to vote no.
In fact, our friends at AFSCME have an easy tool for you Adler constituents to call him now. Just click the green flashing ad to the right of this diary.
OFA is making some very questionable decisions. This is the 2nd thing I’ve heard just today that makes me wonder what the hell they’re thinking over there. The first is news that OFA contacted Maine voters and assigned them voters in NJ to call (read the email) apparently never mentioning the vote on the same day for marriage equality – in their own state!. That email supposedly benefitted NJ, but I don’t care. We lost on marriage equality in Maine. I’ve emailed DNC on this, and if their answer adds to the discussion, I’ll print it.
Public option on C-SPAN – right now.