The problem for Obama and the Democrats today, as they head into 2010, is that much of their activist base appears to have swallowed too much of the wrong half of the myth: they thought that Obama would be more of a change-agent, and never really embraced their own role.
From The Obama Disconnect, Micah Sifry’s brutal analysis of Obama, David Plouffe and their grassroots mechanism. A MUST-READ.
Like Sifry (who’s an acquaintance of mine), I’m fairly skeptical of politicians; the two of us (among others) believe that the best route to a better America lies in small-d democratic self-empowerment. The sadly ironic thing is that the Obama campaign gave people a great tool-kit for doing just that, but by and large, people have failed to take advantage of that.