For those of you, including me, who had asked what would happen to the community-level power that was harnessed by the Obama campaign through BarackObama.com, I have an answer. Ummm, sort of.
In an email to supporters and a video, Obama for America director David Plouffe introduced Mitch Stewart as the head of Organizing for America, which President Obama alluded to in his last weekly video statement as President-Elect.
Stewart ran the President’s Iowa caucus and Virginia presidential campaigns.
In the six-minute message, Plouffe and Stewart thanked supporters for their past help, and promised the new site would engage supporters and be built on getting “friends talk to friends and neighbors talk to neighbors about the issues they care about.”
The campaign collected a half-million surveys during the transition, and got more feedback from Obama house parties, and in the end… we’re not sure what’s next.
Plouffe thanked supporters for their financial help for the transition and inauguration, and noted “It’s going to be a little trial and error” for the new organization.
We’ll now just have to see what’s in their first trial plan.