Keith Koffler at White House Dossier has it exactly right, Obama to Create Mass Organization Devoted to Obama:
President Obama will remake his presidential campaign into a massive new movement devoted to supporting his agenda, an unprecedented move that creates a brand new political organization devoted not to a Party, not to an idea – but to one charismatic leader.
The group, to be called Organizing for Action, opens for business Sunday, the day Obama is officially inaugurated.
If this type of organization has existed before in American politics on any similar scale, I’m not aware of it.
There are excellent reasons why we haven’t had mass groups devoted to powerful leaders in this country. Our whole system of government is designed to provide checks to protect against the accretion of too much power, to forestall mob rule. A mass organization that does the bidding of a single individual who also happens to be the president of the United States undermines such intentions….
What’s more, according to Politico, OFA will be classified as a 501(c)4 group, which means donors can give it as much money as they want and none of the contributors’ names need be released. Never mind that Obama has ardently opposed this kind of thing for years….
In case there was any mistaking the very personal nature of the new organization, Obama himself announced it in an email to supporters and included a link to a video of Michelle discussing the group and mentioning things like “one of my first dates with Barack.”
Organizing for Action will put American politics on a new path. A treacherous one.
I saw this sick cult of personality and megalomania from the start:
Barack Obama also is the deep thinker who ponders great things. And the thing that Barack Obama seems to ponder most is his own greatness. He doesn’t write biographies, he writes only autobiographies. He gives speeches which he declares to be historic. He recognizes his place in history long before he has created history. This nation is but a stage upon which Barack Obama creates his life story, and it’s all about him.
It’s happening right before your eyes, but it didn’t happen overnight. The cult of Barack Obama was two generations in the making, and it came about through the gradual usurpation of the mass media, the entertainment industry, and the educational system to political purposes.
It is a long fight ahead.