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Plouffe Takes Obama's Case to the Hill

By Jonathan Weisman
Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, made his first extended appearance on Capitol Hill this morning, huddling with House Democrats behind closed doors for nearly an hour and assuring them that Obama would be helping their election bids -- and that they would be asked to help his.

Since the senator from Illinois sealed up the Democratic nomination, some congressional Democrats have grumbled that the Obama campaign was operating too much on its own, and leaving them in the dark. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a national Obama co-chairman, acknowledged the discontent, but she said it has faded away since the campaign completed its general election reorganization and named long-time House Democratic aide Phil Schiliro as Obama's congressional liaison.

"What people are waiting for are the marching orders," Schakowsky said after Plouffe's presentation.

As a former director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Plouffe was probably the right person to allay House Democratic concerns. But he did not issue marching orders. Instead, he went through his now-familiar Powerpoint presentation, full of numbers, such as the 1.8 million donors who have contributed to the campaign and the 1 million volunteers on tap, and maps, such as the 18 battleground states Obama is focused on.

But he did tell the audience what it wanted to hear, that Obama sees the importance of down-ballot Democrats, especially House and Senate members he would work with as president.
"One of Plouffe's messages was, 'We are going to help in these congressional campaigns," said Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), a freshman from a swing state.

Plouffe and other Democratic representatives also allayed concerns about another rumor flying through Democratic circles: The food at the Democratic National Convention next month in Denver would be all weird and healthy. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) reassured those assembled that House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) had insisted on plenty of fried food -- and that he will get his wish.

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

All the dumbcrats can talk about is their messiah, what food they are going to serve at the convention, when the American people are being held up by the Senate of the United States who is holding them up at the gas pump, by not passing legislation to improve production of oil so the cost of gas can be lowered so people can afford to go to work every day without being robbed every time they buy gas or deisel. It is a shame that the people we elect to do a job in Washington, never do anything to help the people, only themselves, so they can be reelected to their plush job in Washington. I wish the people of America would vote everyone of them out, and start all over. The founding fathers are turning over in their graves watching these sorry b****ard doing what they are doing to this country.

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God Bless Obama who will rescue us from the economic disaster that the Republicans have thrust upon us

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Posted by: imagination | July 24, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

David Plouffe, huddling with House Democrats behind closed doors for nearly an hour and assuring them that Obama would be helping their election bids...

Aha! David now knows Obama is just a presumptive nominee.

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We need Change in congress members as well. Vote out this wimpy congress that does nothing about our criminal president!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension service provides information on deep-fat frying at high altitudes:
http://cerc.colostate.edu/Titles/P41.html#deep

Posted by: Tom J | July 23, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse


A Democrat being elected president is at stake and all some Democratic congressmen/congresswoman care about is the food being served at the convention. Ridiculous!

Posted by: AzynAm247 | July 23, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

1.8 million donors and 1 million volunteers.

Wow. This is an historical election.

I wonder what fraction of those numbers McCain has supporting him. 10%?

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 23, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

haha... the food would be all weird and healthy...lol

but good stuff Plouffe. i'd got a lot of reasons to pinch in a few more dollars. The organization is as effective as i've ever seen a business operate.

Posted by: lupercal | July 23, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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