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Obama Shakes Up the DNC


Barack Obama, pictured in Kaukauna, Wisc., is bringing change to the Democratic National Committee. (Reuters)

Updated 3:21 p.m.
By Jonathan Weisman
In a major shake-up of the Democratic Party, much of the Democratic National Committee will soon be toddling to Chicago and relocating in presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama's Michigan Avenue headquarters.

The move may be unprecedented. Under Paul Tewes, an Obama field general who joined the DNC only last week, the heart of the DNC's political department will move from Capitol Hill to Chicago, Democratic Party officials said. Washington staffers will be given the choice of staying put, going to Chicago or joining state Democratic operations. Obama's senior staff will largely take over the coordination of national campaign efforts and state-level efforts.

"The Obama campaign really stressed to people they have a choice as to where they feel they can best play a role -- in Chicago, in a state or in Washington," one DNC official said.

When Obama sent Tewes to the DNC, both the campaign and the party insisted the two organizations were in sync over Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean's efforts to expand Democratic operations in all 50 states. But Obama aides quietly complained that while they were with Dean in principle, they questioned the effectiveness of his operation. Dean's 50-state strategy has spread the Democratic Party's organization, but it has also left the DNC practically broke. Tewes went to work on the plan almost immediately, convening a conference call with state party officials last week, before his new chair in DC headquarters was even warm.

Party officials in Washington said the move was all about efficiency. "This is a strategic move to decrease the redundancy that typically happens in campaigns which can be detrimental to effective operations," the official said.

Democratic field operations, constituency outreach and political operations will become one integrated operation under the plan, with the central brain trust in Chicago, explained the DNC source. State Democratic staffers will be pulled into the Obama campaign to help build up state organizations.

"The 50 state plan is not going anywhere," the DNC official said.

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Last weekend, a fundraiser was scheduled in Philadephia for Obama. Governor Rendell advised him to reschedule as he believed a lot of people would not attend because they go to the Jersey shores on Father's Day weekend. Governor Rendell reported that Obama stated to him, ' We don't need the people, we just need the checks'. What a no class, low-life thing to say about people who he NEEDS to vote for him. He also told a group just the other day, it's on video, 'I don't care how poor you are, you have 5 or 10 dollars to give, so pony up.' I can hardly wait until John McCain kicks his arrogant butt all over the map.

Posted by: Postmaster | June 17, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm always amazed at the number of people who REALLY believe the government owes them health care, an education, a decent place to live, someone to watch their kids while they work, oops, did I say work? Come on people, Obama wants all of these things for you, right? Nope, he is talking about raising taxes, tax the rich, redistribute to the poor? And what do you call that? You cannot enhance the lot of the poor by bringing down the rich....anytime a government is BIG enough to provide you with everything, it's also big enough to take away everything. Who ever told you life was fair? There is a big difference in equal and fair...but, go ahead and vote for Obama and those of you lucky enough to have a job will find you are bringing home less, afterall, someone has to pay for all of the government give away programs.

Posted by: Postmaster | June 17, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Get it Done !

Barack Obama for President of the UNITED States of America.

Posted by: PulSamsara | June 14, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

This move is by far the worst thing yet, and proves to me beyond the shadow of a doubt the Demographic party is not the party I knew and absolutely does NOT need my vote for any democrat this coming election . There is no need in this world of rapid communications for the DNC to move to Chicago , other than to put it more fully in the control of Obama and weed out out any opposition, and keep it out from under the scrutiny of the DC press as well. This is change I will not tolerate. Obama has a long history of hijacking legislation in the Illinois senate ( google it!) and now he and axeman are hijacking the Demographic Party. Good luck to them; I wont be voting for them , for the first time in my adult life I will be voting for Republican party. It will be easier to hold my nose than my stomach .

Posted by: Swannie | June 14, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

They say Adolph Hitler's first tactical move was to divide the country, yet he claimed he wanted change and peace and for everyone to work together. Sound familiar? This decision to move the DNC to Chicago was not made overnight. This is a slick maneuver by a power hungry person with a self serving agenda. America beware! http://firstmention.com/hitler.aspx

Posted by: EyesWideOpen | June 14, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that all the old GOP hacks posting the libelous comments are now using female names

Posted by: Ant | June 14, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

We're dealing with a broken political system. If you don't think it's broken then you haven't been paying attention.

If you want to talk about unprecedented actions, talk about the spending on the war in Iraq and what it's doing to the future viability of our nation. Heck, talk about the REASONS for this war. Talk about the influence lobbyists and big money corporations now have over our elected officials and the decisions they make. Talk about the deterioration of our Civil Liberties - and the unprecedented power given to President Bush.

Relocating the DNC headquarters is a strategic political move, but it's also a sign that someone recognizes that the system as it stands is broken.

We Americans have to have the guts to fix it.

Posted by: Amy in Indiana | June 14, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Chicago MOB

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Chicago MOB

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

When you are the CEO of a major coropration that is overseeing the merger or buy-in of another major company, you have to effectively manage the assimilation of the purchased w/ the purchaser. When Bank of America decided to purchase Countrywide, did they move their headquarters to Countrywide's offices? Hell no! BHO is making a tactical maneuver to consolidate the DNC into his organization - the one that had 40M and change at the end of the primary, vs the DNC (cash-deficient) or HRC (in the red). BHO's business model has a 21st century corporate flair (grass roots, tech savvy, well organized infrastructure - the model was built to go past primary season into Nov). That's efficiency, not a power grab.

Posted by: Good Tactical Maneuver | June 14, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

"As for all the new "young" people voting, what about all the "old" voters who are leaving the democratic party? Don't they count? In some cultures age equates experience and wisdom. In the US anything "old" is out. This obsession with "newness" is not always a good thing.

Posted by: Barbara | June 13, 2008 8:45 AM"

and I wonder whose fault it willl be if McCain gets elected and this country go to hell even more

Posted by: Travis | June 14, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

This move reflects the desire of the Chicago Democratic Machine to have total control of the DNC.

This is the change we can believe in:
Change the DNC into a branch of the Chicago Democratic Machine.

Posted by: Carolyn | June 13, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

DC voter: you perfectly illustrate my point.

Posted by: vicki | June 13, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Obama supporter and I think this is a bold and maybe quite illustrative move on his part.

But I do have a side question for the crowd: Does anybody have any thoughts about the "change we can believe in" - "change that works for you" switcharoo that we've seen recently and the fact that it trades the first person plural "we" for the more distant you?
Not to mention the believe-works changeup that, personally, i see as a sign that Obama is still able to stay a few steps ahead of public discourse while McCain always seems to be a few steps behind.

Posted by: Minton | June 13, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

A Night of a Thousand Knives...The S.S Army of Super Delegates of
the Democratic Party Appointing Obama the nominee! I will Never forget
Hillary Clinton crossed the Rubicon of American politics the night of June 3.
A woman who, despite the juggernaut of media bias against her!
She managed to tally up more votes than any other candidate in American history.
Hillary Clinton managed to tally up more votes than any other candidate in American history.

The night of June 3. the laurels of victory should be hers but the ghosts of Caesar's assassins haunt the public forum and have succeeded in yet again attempting to bring to power an unworthy Brutus. Mr. Obama and his accomplices should not rest easy on any night. Their actions of gaming the very undemocratic caucuses to run-up their man's delegate numbers have made a mockery of the public will.

They should rest even uneasier by the display, or lack thereof, for the "change" candidate. Where were the celebrating crowds in the streets of the nation's cities, suburbs and towns if this were such a momentous event? Where is his double digit lead he was supposed to have after being appointed the Nominee?

But, perhaps, they will get their "change" after all. Not unlike the machinations of Caesar's murders, the Obama accomplices' actions will have unforetold consequences. When the smoke clears November 5, and Obama has lost, the finger pointing and gnashing of teeth will begin. I only hope it means the complete extrication of the far left wing fanatics who are the guilty party in this the most horrific display of political suicide in modern times
Posted by: The Reluctant Prophet

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

byablue, you are throwing out a lot of big words, but I don't think you know what they mean. Electing Obama will mean global totalitarianism? I suppose I could post a retort or something but honestly, I'm not even sure what that means.

Posted by: DC Voter | June 13, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

What on Earth, Vicky? The Obama campaign thinks it has a better scheme for deploying the DNC for the election cycle and you're babbling about facism? Get over yourself.

Posted by: DC Voter | June 13, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

wow, this is creepy. I'll vote for him, because Repubs must be sent packing, but I'm getting more and more nervous about the disturbingly, increasingly, semi-fascist tendencies of his campaign. I don't say that metaphorically either. take a look at history.
are we merely exchanging one Dick Cheney regime of coercion, surveillance and threat for another?
again, this is creepy. it feels uncomfortably like an emerging pattern of hardball tactics against political dissent, free speech, freedom on conscience, and voter autonomy, all pillars of democracy.

Posted by: vicki | June 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

NoBama is a dork!! Mr.Bush did nothing to keep America safe from terrorism. In fact, he has increased the threat of something happening. Our presence in Arab countries is only enflaming the radicals who hate infidels touching their soil. Our borders are unprotected, while we wage an occupation of a foreign country. Our cargo comes in uninspected. Our food is contaminated. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Not being attacked is a ridiculous point of argument. We went decades without attacks. His actions are pitiful and inept. His presidency will go down as the worst ever, and the biggest negative impact to America. I thought a person had to be 18 to vote, but it appears that 5 year olds can post online. Scary.

Posted by: GoBama | June 13, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing incompetent about keeping America safe from terrorist attacks for 7 1/2 years, as President Bush has done. Barack Obama is pure socialist. If he is successful it would be our great misfortune. America will be one step closer to global totalitarianism.

Posted by: byablue | June 13, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

to jag re the "old" order. the old order left washington a five(5)trillion dollar surplus.we centrists believe in fiscal responsibility.so,oboma has his benchmark already set.get him to tell us how he is going to beat the benchmark. instead of a lot of fancy words have him give us a plan.

Posted by: bo driskill | June 13, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Excellent move Obama because of the need to move away from the distractions of Washington to a more stable base in Chicago. We are lucky to have a have such a talented and smart person willing to serve his country and give America back to the people. We have been so confused from the past seven 1/2 years from the imcompetance of Mr. Bush that when such a good candidate comes before the people we try to find the negatives and not focusing on the good. Remember, he has to stay grounded in Chicago because this is where his career started. When he becomes President, America will get it's standing back as the number one super power. Let's lead the world in all phases and we can only do that with the Democrats leading the way! Become a Liberal!

Posted by: RJ | June 13, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Not politics as usually. You go OBAMA!!

Posted by: UWorlds1 | June 13, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that Obama will eventually be throwing Howard Dean under the bus?

Posted by: Michael | June 13, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Whew!! Reading the above reminds me of the years I knew too little to cast an informed vote for 'dog catcher.'

Please, folks. Open your mind to the 21st century.

Read Obama's 2 books for a start. Then learn how the president's administration functions.

Then the Congress.

Learn about the Supreme Court and ask yourself if you want Roe vs Wade overturned.

What if your daughter became pregnant as a result of rape; or a person who was addicted to drugs, AIDS, incest, health would be adversely affected.

This change is not about POWER, GREED, ego.
It is about quality of life issues.

The terrorism that is most scary is the lack of an education, food, housing, clothing, a job that pays enough to live on and on and on.

Posted by: wilkestraphill | June 13, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

ALL THIS TALK ABOUT CHANGE GOT ME SO INSPIRED THAT I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY PARTY AFFILIATION. ALSO, WHY INTERFERE WITH THE DNC AND DONNA BRAZILE'S DESIRE FOR A NEW COALITION. THEY DON'T NEED MY VOTE!

"FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT LIFE, I WILL VOTE FOR THE GOP NOMINEE"!

Posted by: NOBama | June 13, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Chicago MOB

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama You are scary! Your politics are scary, your lack of expereince is scary, your judgment on who to choose to vet your VP is scary. It scares to to think what other person you will place in a position of authority in your cabinet.

Posted by: NOBama | June 13, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

This is an asinine move. Has any previous nominee even consider moving the DNC "headquarters" to his home state?

If he is elected (perish the thought!) then what would he do? Move it back to Washington? And then if a future candidate is from some other state, then does the DNC move there?

What happens when he loses in November? Would the DNC be adrift and someone else decides to move it somewhere else?

The party is bigger (in principle, may not always be in practice) than the nominee. Their individual functions are different. Obama has no business, no right to move it to Chicago. I am surprised at how pussilanimously Howard Dean is putting up with this nonsense. Probably because he doesn't want to do anything to affect th echances of Obama. The good doctore is being gentlemanly; a foreign concept for the "bad, bad LeRoy Brown: that Obama is.

Question: IF Obama wins in November, why not move the White House to Southside of Chicago? Pearhaps take over the Trinity United Church? Then Obama can live in the newly constructed mansion for the pastor. Why would Rev. Wrong need such palatial digs? Send him to Africa, where he would be far more comfortable.

Wait, wait - on that thought, why not move the White House to Kenya, the ancestral home of Obama?

Amazing! Pathetic, really.

Posted by: Krishna | June 13, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama has never been able to say what his "change" would be.....well folks, we are beginning to see!

Change can mean REVOLUTION.....will the "WHITE HOUSE" be located in Chicago as well????

SUPERDELEGATES had better WAKE UP!!!!!

DNC, DEM CONGRESSPERSON SUPPORTERS and ENDORSERS, and the complicit media, you've all been had!!!!

Obama has all the earmarks of a dictator....and you fools are going down with him! George and Dick Cheney will look like puppy dogs when this is over.

And don't forget, he is sending out an army of supporters throughout the country to deal with the rest of us!

And of course, on day 1 his first order of business will probably be N'COBRA (see NCOBRA.com) to receive it's 20 years of demanding REPARATIONS for Americans of African descent!

Posted by: Steve | June 13, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

GO TO HELL OBAMA!
GO TO HELL DNC!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

to Ann Dalton:
I appreciate your honesty on why you won't vote for Obama and that is cool. but you must have just started watching the coverage of this political season, because as i remember form at least november of 2006 and all of 2007 all the talked about was how clinton was going to win the nomination, how she was on a train that could not be stopped, how she was going to be the president of the united state, there was on commentator who said Barack just stay at home Clinton has got it in the bag. I think is so funny the things we choose to remember. if you don't believe me go to you tube you will see clinton in her own word saying, "This race will be over by Febuary 5th" that was her miscalculation. So i guess it was just a fairy tail all the crap that they were saying about obama, him swearing in on the Koran, or going to a madrasa in indonesia. if that is your idea of possitive coverage then, i don't know what to tell you. maybe you need to grow up. don't get me wrong i think the press did her dirty at times, but she also got away with things to. What politician you know can cry on TV. and not get blasted for it. boy if a male candidate would have done that they would have been called every name in the book. So sexism cuts both ways. and both candidates shoot, even john edwards got blasted by the press. As Soon as clinton complained about it on one of the last debates all they did was do mostly negative stuff about Barack. i mean really what TV shows are you watching, or do you have selective viewing.Even as an Obama supporter i can see that at times both candidates where treated unfairly. but i guess your not that objective

Posted by: KC | June 13, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

YOU KNOW I FIND IT AMAZING THE WAY WE ARE SO QUICK TO JUDGE PEOPLE. LET ME ASK A QUESTION. WHEN YOU INTERVIEWED FOR YOUR JOB, AND GOT THE JOB HOW WOULD YOU DO YOUR JOB? WOULD YOU ASK THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH HOW TO DO YOUR JOB OR WOULD YOU DO WHAT YOU WERE HIRED TO DO. IF YOU WANT CHANGE AND NOMINATE SOME ONE TO MAKE THE CHANGE, THEN I BELEIVE YOU SHOULD GIVE THAT PERSON A CHANCE TO MAKE THAT CHANGE. YOU KNOW NO ONE WANTS SOMEONE LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDER WHILE WORKING. AND EVERYDAY YOU ALL SEAM TO SHARPEN YOUR TEETH ON THIS YOUNG MAN. COME ON, IS THIS HOW WE WANT THE WORLD TO SEE US. PETTIE LITTLE PEOPLE. OR PEOPLE WHO ARE INFORMED AND ASK RELEVENT QUESTION ON THE ISSUE THAT FACE US. OUR IMMAGE IS ALREADY SO TARNISH I DON'T KNOW IF WE OR WHEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO CLEAN IT UP. SO NOT MAKE IT WORST. YES HE IS A BLACK MAN, SO WHAT. AND FROM MY 50+ YEARS ON THIS EARTH, EXPERIENCE IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST THING. A DIRTY PLATE IS SOMETIMES SO STAINED YOU JUST CANT USE IT. BUT A NEW PLATE CAN BE MADE TO LOOK USED.

LET'S GIVE THIS YOUNG MAN A CHANCE TO TEACH US SOMETHING. I BELIEVE IN GIVING MY CHILDREN THEIR INHERATANCE TO ENJOY WHILE I AM ALIVE TO GUIDE THEM. I CANT DO A THING FOR THEM WHEN I AM DEAD.

I AM CONCERN WITH THE RISING GAS PRICE, LOSS OF JOBS, LOSS OF HOMES, PEOPLE UNABLE TO GET REFINANCING LOANS TO SAVE THEIR HOMES. HOW SAFE ARE WE NOW SINCE 911. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A PAY RAISE TO KEEP UP WITH THE COST OF LIVING. HEALTH CARE, I HAVE NO TIME FOR PERSONALITIES. I DON'T CARE WHAT COLOR OR SEX THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS, AS LONG AS HE OR SHE DOES THE JOB WE ARE HIRING HIM OR HER TO DO. I WANT SOMEONE WHO WILL TELL ME THE TRUTH, WE ARE WORRING ABOUT TAX BEING RAISEDM! DONT MAKE ME LAUGH. I HAVE SEEN MORE TAX RAISED ON POOR AMERICAN PROPERTY THAN EVER BEFORE BY THE PRESENT PARTY. SO IF WE HAVE TO RAISE TAXES TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN MORE AND BETTER SCHOOLS, BETTER ROADS, HEALTH CARE, JOB CREATION, THEN LET DO IT. WHAT I DONT WANT IS MY TAX MONEY GOING TO BUILD SOME OTHER COUNTRY WHILE MY COUNTRY IS FALLING APART. I WANT OUR MILITARY TAKEN CARE OF AND THE MONEY IS NOT GOING TO DROP OUT OF THE SKY.

THAT'S MY COMMENT

Posted by: CARMEN ROZIER | June 13, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

As a life long Democrat,I became disgusted with the party professionals for what they did to Florida and how the media manipulated this election by featuring the negatives of Clinton and the positives of Obama.They will do the same to McCain. I am upset with the journalists who used their professional status to bias the American people with the exception of David Broder. They should follow his example. I am not racist by not voting for Obama. I just think he is a poor candidate. I do not like the Republicans and I think both parties are bad. So a divided government is best right now. A strong Democratic Congress to offset a Republican president Both parties are in control of the extremists-conservative right vs. radical left.

Ann Dalton

Posted by: Ann Dalton | June 13, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Please, read the rules or Bylaw of the party. The nominee or the president gets to pick the DNC Chairman. If we don't have a democrat president, the election is held to elect our new chairman. Gov. Dean was elected because we didn't have a democrat president since 2000. Sen. Obama didn't want to bring someone new as chairman in the middle of elections. I think that he is showing his leadership skills. You don't change the winning team!

Posted by: Paul | June 13, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Change is not just a word, a concept. Its an imperative if America is to regain its deserved, some think, destined position in the world.

And change begins at home. Barack Obama must walk the talk. He, with the help of thousands of Americans, is organizing to shake up the old order. Only then can any meaningful change happen. Yes, many will be affected, many will feel disoriented, even more will say NIMBY - not in my back yard!

When 10,000 apply for 3,600 campaign organizer jobs, its a ground swell of support for change. I walk the talk by contributing regularly to Barack Obama's campaign. I am living the change within me. Its the first time that I have ever contributed to any campaign, anywhere. Thats what millions of other Americans are doing.

Yes, it will be a welcome indeed timely change to have Barack occupy the White House.

Posted by: Jag | June 13, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Lets get on with the real issues of this campaign ,getting our country back, our troops home, and our economy intact,our falling dollor is hurting everyone. If Mr. Obama ,Ralph Nader or anyone is listening The United States ,aren't united anymore and our place in the eyes of the world in in a downward freefall.Hang in there Americans and lets get our pride back we are a caring,giving country that has lost its way but,we can and will do better!

Posted by: papabob67 | June 13, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Lets get on with the real issues of this campaign ,getting our country back, our troops home, and our economy intact,our falling dallor is hurting everyone. If Mr. Obama ,Ralf Nader or anyone one is listening The United States aren't united anymore and our place in the eyes of the world in in a downward freefall.Hang n there Americans and lets get our pride back we are a caring,giving country that has lost ts way but,we can and will do better!

Posted by: papabob67 | June 13, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Lets get on with the real issues of this campaign ,getting our country back, our troops home, and our economy intact,our falling dallor is hurting everyone. If Mr. Obama ,Ralf Nader or anyone one is listening The United States aren't united anymore and our place in the eyes of the world in in a downward freefall.Hang n there Americans and lets get our pride back we are a caring,giving country that has lost ts way but,we can and will do better!

Posted by: papabob67 | June 13, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama moved DNC to chicago to sync the party message and more over he cares about people who down on the ticket for congress, senate, local legislatures. He is a avid politician who knows to deliver the change he promised he needs a democratic senate and democratic congress as well democrats elected across the board through out the country. If you are a true blue democrat this is the best time take back washington by contributing to Obama and DNC, so that the republican madness would be put an end and we would give a democrat a great chance to move the agenda and deliver universal health care and affordable education and creating of fair markets.

I do not agree with Obama on all the issues and truely believe the Democratic primary is messed up. Hillary lost because she did not contest 11 consecutive elections after Super Tuesday, that was a tactical blunder, if she had contested she would have won it. Hillary supporters should not blame anyone else except for Clinton campaign for not doing the best.

Posted by: srikanth | June 13, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

As for all the new "young" people voting, what about all the "old" voters who are leaving the democratic party? Don't they count? In some cultures age equates experience and wisdom. In the US anything "old" is out. This obsession with "newness" is not always a good thing.

Posted by: Barbara | June 13, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

The demagogue Obama rules with an iron fist. Everyone should be damed scared. Why not just crown him now and get this whole horror show over with so we can all get used to loosing our rights. Howard Dean has just given the royal sceptor to a person who keeps repudiating his friends. Power corrupts.

Posted by: Laura | June 13, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Looks like I left the Democratic party just in time. Dean is no leader, he's just an Obama toadie.

Posted by: Lynn | June 13, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, in part, to the Obama candidacy there are millions of twenty-something voters who are identifying themselves as Democrats. I see this among my kids and their friends, many of whom have been serving in Operation Iraqi Liberation (my stepson has served two tours and is voting Obama). They feel duped by Bush and the Neocons. They are not so obsessed with "old school" racial divides. They saw the HRC campaign as pandering to historic animosities that they have moved beyond. The problem now for the Dems is will these new democrats really deliver by voting in November?

I may be slow on the uptake, but people do vote with their dollars, and in this regard Obama has proven to be powerhouse. Remarkable that with all her alleged supporters the HRC campaign is so broke.

Posted by: Neo1153 | June 13, 2008 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Although I am an avid republican, Barack Obama has really appealed to me by defining and being what a real politician should be. Although I am an avid republican, I truly believe a candidate like Barack Obama, who doesnt take money from lobbyists, will be able to lead a country based on moral values and unbiased views. As an reppublican, I think Barack has helped me cross behind partyu lines.

Posted by: David | June 13, 2008 6:06 AM | Report abuse

DISGRACED - THE DNC IS A FRAUD

In my opinion, Howard Dean and his other sycophants at the DNC disgraced themselves on the Florida and Michigan voter mess. With an election this close, they should have found a way to count their votes. Voters went and voted. Oh yes, I read all the screaming going on by the hyped up bloggers who had all the answers (the answers they wanted), but that still doesn't recognize that if those voters had been recognized ----- the delegate count would have been about even---- the stampede of the superdelegates trying to follow Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson (serving in his last term) would have been slowed, or could have been stopped.

Hillary Clinton was prepared to go through a revote in both states. Mr. Obama refused, of course. He knew he would lose AGAIN.

Howard Dean and his top sycophants were clearly in the tank for Barack Obama.

And now you want our money..... and support.

You folks are living in "la-la" land.

No thank you.

And I remind everyone for the umpteenth time, in Florida it was the Republican Controlled Legislature and Republican Governor that forced through the primary election date to be one week earlier than it should have been. And Dr. Dean and his DNC sycophants said there was nothing they could do. Of course, they were in the tank for Obama. What a disgrace.


Posted by: Common Sense12 | June 13, 2008 5:21 AM | Report abuse

"...Carpetbagger Hillary is the junior Senator from New York, not Arkansas, where she was the WIFE of the governor. In Washington, she was the WIFE of the President.

...and not a very good wife either, as we all know."

Let me see if I understand what you're saying. Senator Clinton is the Senator of New York where she's also the wife of the governor but when in Washington, she's the wife of the President but not a very good wife because, according to Obama's baby mama, she can't run her own home.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 3:49 AM | Report abuse

If you're going to have a 50-state strategy, the center of the country is a good place to run it.I think Chicago makes sense.

Posted by: Tom J | June 13, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA = The fish always stinks at the head.

Posted by: American Values | June 13, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Ah, I see that the GOP shills are out saying they would only vote for HRC, when in fact they would vote for no Dem at all. All actual Dems will vote Dem in November because the choice is to watch John McSame continue Bush's failed policies and be able to continue to pack the Supreme Court with anti-abortion ideologues. Clinton supports Obama and those who supported her in the primaries should not be "more royalist than the queen." If they are Dems, vote Dem. Those who go around from site to site claiming to be HRC supporters who won't vote for Obama are more likely to be Ditto Head right wingers than Dems.

Posted by: Dolph T | June 13, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

David wrote:
"Sounds like a power grab. What did you think? - Barack cut his teeth in Chicago. The DNC is starting to find out that an inexperienced Obama needs his people close to him. And those Obama surrogates want to be rewarded. Obama supporters - it's a cult of personality. Their allegiance is to the brand "Obama", not the Democratic Party."

Obama wants to defend the consitution - they very core and essence that made America great. Bush and McSame have tried their darndest to destroy it. Its bad enough people outside the country wishing to do America harm, but it beggars belief that elected officials go even further to damage the country.

I know where my support is; its WITH America and Obama.

Posted by: Ben_M | June 13, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

The DNC has stumbled all over itself and has been in dire need of some organization and direction for some time. Its Keystone Kops handling of the Michigan and Florida situation was flawed from the go and the fact that two states actually rebelled showed that there was a lack of leadership. Rather than expect them to buy a clue on their own, better to just take them over. Good move on Obama's part.

Posted by: Dolph T | June 13, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

What did Obama do? Buy the Dem party $$? So glad I left the corrupt Dem party last week. Democrats and Hillary supporters like me should all do the same and send a strong message. Obama with his dark suits and shiny shoes...mafia owned!

Posted by: AZ Girl | June 13, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is the only democrat I will ever vote for....

Posted by: Sammy | June 13, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the move to Chicago is better. Move the White House, there, too. Make sure you get as far away from the Secret Service HQ as possible.

Posted by: Kate Sheahan | June 13, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama has really empowered a lot of regular people like me. I have given my $25 and am set to give the same every month until the election is over. Although it doesn't seem like a lot to other people, it is a lot for me. I feel like I am really helping my candidate, and if he wins, my country. I get e-mails from Obama, and I am saving everyone of them! If he is taking over the democratic party, it means that work will happen and change is on the way.

Posted by: Ann | June 12, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Since the DNC is broke and Hillary was $20 million in debt, Obama with $25 million in hand can move the party wherever he wants!

Posted by: dr mad | June 12, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Now all we have to do is fill DNC with Chicago politicians and more of Donna Brazzil(spelling?) types so that we can hijack all primaries for the next 100 years!

Posted by: SA | June 12, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"If you donate to the DNC, understand now that your money goes directly into Obama's campaign fund despite the fact that he is not yet the official nominee. What a scam. Clinton supporters: do not give the DNC a single penny. The Dem race was unfair from the very start, this wasn't a recently decided move, it was mapped out at the very beginning. Do not fund this hijacking.

Posted by: Trudi | June 12, 2008 7:15 PM"

Clinton didn't fall short of the nomination because she was a woman or because of a hijacking by the Obama campaign, she fell short because of her own campaign's negative campaigning in which she attempted to make racial divides even greater and portraying herself as the victim of sexism. She attempted to appeal to America's fears (a common Repulican tactic) regarding these issues rather than focussing on a progressive way to move forward in uniting the country and America's standing in the world as well as restoring citizen's faith and hope in their government and it didn't work out. That is all.

Yes, it has not been very long since the primary ended and I respect the passion that everyone has shown for whichever candidate they supported and still do support. Because of this primary season millions of people who usually don't have a voice and many states whose votes usually have no impact on the outcome of an election are finally able to say hey, we really do matter and even though we are only one small part of society, our voices do matter and we can make change happen.

Now is the time for all of us to do a gut check and examine the issues we all face, not a time to continue bickering over what could have been or what some think should have been or continuing to blast each other over which candidate we were so passionately supporting because in reality, we are where we are and it is what it is.

We all need to examine our own lives and the issues we all directly face and are most relevant and important in our daily lives and compare those with the positions of the remaining candidates to determine how we can improve our own lives and improve the internal and external functioning of our country and inaction is NOT the means to that happening.

Posted by: Travis Hoffman | June 12, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

And I have to laugh at the carpetbagger comment, coming from an Obama supporter. Where is he from anyway? Hawaii, Kansas, Illinois . . . .
"Carpetbagger" . . that's "Silly Season" isn't it?

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous - well aware of the state that Sen Clinton represents.
I used Arkansas because I was playing devil's advocate.
Like "Crawford" - its a bit of a buzz word.

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Echo -

Carpetbagger Hillary is the junior Senator from New York, not Arkansas, where she was the WIFE of the governor. In Washington, she was the WIFE of the President.

...and not a very good wife either, as we all know.

Arkansas, New York, Illinois, makesno diff on where the HQ is...as long as ther is one, and Hillary is no where close to it.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Get a life Troody. You lost because Clinton is a rotten Washingtonian sleezoid...and we already have enuf of them in Congress!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 12, 2008 7:20 PM
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Guess I got my answer to the DNC/Arkansas question!

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes Trudi - the nomination was rigged. Obama won instead of Billary. It MUST have been rigged, because who in their right mind would vote for a man over Hillary?

Get a life Troody. You lost because Clinton is a rotten Washingtonian sleezoid...and we already have enuf of them in Congress!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 12, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Sure, move it anywhere - in today's world everything is "virtual"

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 12, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

If you donate to the DNC, understand now that your money goes directly into Obama's campaign fund despite the fact that he is not yet the official nominee. What a scam. Clinton supporters: do not give the DNC a single penny. The Dem race was unfair from the very start, this wasn't a recently decided move, it was mapped out at the very beginning. Do not fund this hijacking.

Posted by: Trudi | June 12, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Watch out, hide your personal belongings!
The brothers want all the cake!

Posted by: Scared Hillbilly | June 12, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

One more q -

If I give money to the DNC, where does it go?

How are they keeping the two organizations "straight" when they are sharing staff, offices, etc.?

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Daddio on the Paddio ,

So - playing devil's advocate - if Hillary had won, moving DNC to Arkansas would be ok with you, right?
; )

Or would that be "Clintonian"?

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I am broke too, but coughed up $25 for Obama's campaign. If 10 million people do the same...that's 1/4 Billion bucks!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 12, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Some of the people on this site a) watch way to many movies/tv and b) have absolutly no means of thinking for themselves on a rational level.

Do you really think Obama is an undercover muslim who devoted his whole life to infiltrating America, running for president and destroying the country from the inside with his terrorist buddies. Honestly wake up, realize that you are the reason why our country is going down the drain.

Posted by: Andrew | June 12, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama has the Midas touch with campaign contributors, even us who are relatively poor and broke. If the DNC wants some money, this is the way to it because nobody else can ask for it and get like Obama's people can. It's a new kind of government. We read about the best government money can buy but the question was whose money is it? It's the people's money this time and, so far, not the multinational corporations or the big 5 oil companies.

Posted by: Gaias Child | June 12, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Echo - The DNC has always (to my recollection) been headquartered in Washington DC, even though the Presidential nominee ran the show. Now it's in ChiTown - and a message has been sent. IT'S NOT POLITICS AS USUAL ANY MORE DOROTHY!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 12, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

j-go - "And obviously people are unfamiliar with how things work once the DNC has a nominee: for the campaign season, his staff are the de facto party leaders. "
Daddio-on-the-Paddio "the DNC is indeed Obama's to run and use as a vehicle for winning the Presidency"
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Can you explain more about this please as I am in the dark. Why did the reporters describe this as an unprecedented move? What happens after November?

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

J-go "Would you want to hand over control of a winning strategy to those who scorned the masses? Hardly."
Who is that? Who scorned the masses?

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments I read here are from frustrated Clintonians and sleezy Republican provocateurs (is there any other kind???). The dolt that said the DNC is not Obama's better check the history books; to the victor belong the spoils - the DNC is indeed Obama's to run and use as a vehicle for winning the Presidency.

As for the Clintonians: scram! Go vote for McBush...you deserve each other.

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 12, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

1. Its always easier to repeat bogus and unfounded accusations rather than look into the truth, isn't it? Enough with the "name dropping"... Obama is not a crooked politician/Muslim extremist.

2. Obama ran on change, and putting power back in the hands of the people. DC is out of touch and entrenched in the politics of old. Besides, this is not permanent...but Chicago, as a central location, is strategically and ideologically a better place to base operations.

3. And obviously people are unfamiliar with how things work once the DNC has a nominee: for the campaign season, his staff are the de facto party leaders. Obama's staff ran on an almost perfect election strategy, in relying on grassroots mobilization and fundraising tactics. Would you want to hand over control of a winning strategy to those who scorned the masses? Hardly.

This is not a power grab, a payoff to the mob, a reward to the "cult of personality" or another other empty shell label being thrown at it. Its not changing horses midstream.

Posted by: j.go | June 12, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope that Dems see this for the over reach of power that it is and it has the effect of snowing on their hopium field.

Posted by: cedarsands | June 12, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

SCARY, SCARY, SCARY....WAKE UP, AMERICA, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rita | June 12, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Chicago rocks!!! To all the nay sayers --If ya can't stand the heat, baby....

Posted by: Chibri | June 12, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Chicago rocks!!!! If ya can't stand the heat...

Posted by: Chibri | June 12, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Forest, I'm ok with the DNC moving out of DC if that is the best place for it - I'm not sure it is, but who am I. I take your point, however.
I'm not ok with "Democratic field operations, constituency outreach and political operations . . . [moving to] . . . Barack Obama's Michigan Avenue headquarters." HIS HEADQUARTERS!!!!! The DNC is not his!
Clearly this has been in the works for a while - this doesn't happen in a week, even in the most responsive of private companies, nevermind government (all hail Obama posts are on their way, I'm sure). This whole thing STINKS, plain and simple. Democrats rolled over for W, now they're rolling over for BHO.
Is this BHO's version of "The Western White House"?? It stinks. I hope there is more to the story that makes it less so.

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I think I am one of the few people living in DC who is not working in politics, and personally, I'm really glad to see the DNC go elsewhere. This is a city obsessed with power and out of touch with the rest of the United States. It wouldn't hurt the Democratic Party to distance themselves from all that...in fact, I would venture to say that's why I voted for Obama in the primaries. He's the closest thing we have right now to a Washington outsider with a reasonable shot at winning the White House.

Posted by: Forest | June 12, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This move is scary. It's happening. The DNC is getting absorbed into the Obama net, plunging into the abyss.

Posted by: alee21 | June 12, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

hey: jon | June 12, 2008 4:12 PM

It is not "his" party. Do you have any idea of how brainwashed you are? I hope you have a chance to find the anti-koolaid antidote. Slimy controlling maneuver, the dnc is so far in the bag it just stinks.

re: "The Obama campaign really stressed to people they have a choice as to where they feel they can best play a role -- in Chicago, in a state or in Washington," one DNC official said. --- no way, cult members never truly have a choice.

Posted by: kj4Hillary | June 12, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Good! Break the ties to DC. No doubt so
intelligent management choices will arouse the bitter pumapukes, who have abandoned everything HRC stands for as they embrace McShame "in the name of democracy". Ha!
Puma is a right-wing front, using emotion to guide the gullible gals and gulls.

Posted by: mary | June 12, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, three lambs being led to slaughter. All three of you, say good night, your day is done. I have long believed that an Obama presidency would lead to the likes of corrupt politicians Daley and Blagojevich, black separatists Wright, Farrakhan, Meeks, Pfleger, and terrorists Ayers, Dohrn, Auchi, Khalidi, etc, ALL obama friends, inhabiting the halls of the White House, and it is already starting. The Chicago pols, the Obama puppeteers, have long been waitng and planning to take their game from Chicago to Washington, and where better to organize the takeover than in Chicago, away from the prying eyes of Washington pols. Dean, Pelosi and Reid absolutely deserve this for their utter stupidity and gullibility, or maybe they are already a part of that Chicago mob mentality and are eagerly awaiting the move. Rezko's in prison, Blagojevich and Daley may be next. Not a good move with Fitzgerald still on the job there, but we all know they are not brain surgeons. Do the world a favor and vote for ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!!!

Posted by: susan | June 12, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This is an unprecedented move, and speaks volumes to the executive strength of Obama and top aids. His campaign has truly become the hallmark of efficiency and tactical fortitude.

He will undoubtedly, when president, appoint the best of the best to his cabinet and the country will be MUCH better off for it.

Compare this to Bush and his sea of Regent university (pat robertson school of jesus in politics) graduates who are embedded EVERYWHERE in the Bush administration.

Posted by: richard | June 12, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama-Junkie: Hotline is a daily online publication of National Journal. Their numbers are just as solid as the ones you reference. That said, it's only June, and these polls are going to be all over the place.

Posted by: Toad | June 12, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama is doing what you do when you want to win an election and not waste efforts on redundancies. Further, staffers have 3 choices of where they can go. They can sit tight, go to Chicago, or go to the state organizations.

I like it how a few imbeciles can mention a bunch of names--like Rezko--as though it makes a point. Try coming up with legitimate criticisms about policy or why your own candidate is not so bad.

Less tossing lies and more supporting McCain if he is your man (and who, is not altogether a bad candidate).

Posted by: Finn | June 12, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The Senator is an excellent executive. His organizational and management abilities are off the scale. He is doing the same thing to McCaine that he did to Hillary. The only difference is that McCaine is going to take a shallacking. He is going to be a very good President for our country.

Posted by: Munk | June 12, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, I have long believed that Obama is simply the puppet, and the corrupt Chicago politicians the actual puppeteers, and this proves it. I've warned that an Obama presidency would result in the likes of Daley, Blagojevich, Rezko [now in prison], Khalidi, Wright, Ayers and Dohrn, and Farrakhan, Pfleger, Meeks, etc, inhabiting the halls of the White House, and I was right. Say good night, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid; your day is done. And you know what, you all deserve it for your incredible stupidity and gullibility!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama must be paying back all of his Chicago area donors. Hey Obama, you'll probably have to pay back Rezko in money orders no greater than $50 each ... it will help him with his prison commissary purchases.

Posted by: Trudi | June 12, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee on fox news.. Yes! But what happens when he becomes McCains VP/ ?? Has anyone else been following the verbal spat between Huckabee and Bob Barr?? If you havnt I found a site that has a play by play on the whole back and forth. You have to click on the Huckabee vs Barr link. You can find the whole back and forth at www.BarrRoot.com If you havnt been following it you should cause it is Halarious. Go Huckabee... Fox news. ha.

Posted by: jane | June 12, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is Heartline? ROFL I love how they only mention is lead on the war. (To people who are FOR the war.) He only loses in just about every other major category because the Republicans have failed this Country and hate this country so much they don't care if they sell it to foreigners.

Posted by: Patrick | June 12, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

a brilliant move- gets the staff out of dc, stresses that this is his party, his style, and gives people the choice to go where they feel they can be most useful. this guy is a very steady manage, knows how to lead and empower, and is going to be one helluva president. in years to come there will be imitators and duplicators, but he is the originator of sensible democracy. we love barack!

Posted by: jon | June 12, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The DNC relocated to Chicago--Out of the reach of the Washington press corp and into the aww shucks--that's not the Rezko I knew--Chicago style of politics and the press.

Posted by: logical1 | June 12, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Dan, HOTLINE poll?!?!...Give me a break. If you are not quoting a reputable poll like CNN, Ramussen, Real Clear Politics, MSNBC, Gallup or USA today, then the other polls are irrelevant.

Obama and his campaign folks are very good. They want to make sure the heart of the national campaign for the Democrats takes place outside of D.C. to look even more like outsiders in the general election compared to McCain.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | June 12, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a power grab. What did you think? - Barack cut his teeth in Chicago. The DNC is starting to find out that an inexperienced Obama needs his people close to him. And those Obama surrogates want to be rewarded. Obama supporters - it's a cult of personality. Their allegiance is to the brand "Obama", not the Democratic Party.

Posted by: David | June 12, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

He is taking the "heart" of the DNC out of Washington?
WHAT is going on?

Posted by: Echo21 | June 12, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hotline just released the second major general election poll in two days and it has a few troubling signs for Obama who leads by 2% (down from May). Link: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/06/nbcs-much-discussed-general-election.html

Posted by: Dan | June 12, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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