Case in point, as reported at rollcall.com:
White House adviser David Plouffe made the rounds on the Sunday news talk shows in a major push for the president’s nearly $450 billion jobs plan.
“We expect to have a vote on the American Jobs Act in October,” Plouffe said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“We need action,” he added. “The American people know the economy is too weak; too many of them are suffering. So the question for Washington is are we going to continue to play political games, or are we going to say we can do something right now to create jobs, to put money in the pockets of the middle class, hire construction workers, teachers, veterans. The president’s plan would have a profound impact on the economy, and Congress ought to act right now.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has pledged to bring the president’s plan up for a vote in the Senate, but it is unlikely to come to the House floor.
Plouffe’s comments came after some Democrats raised concerns over some parts of the plan. In a floor speech Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) said he was concerned that the proposal includes “gimmicks” such as $1 trillion in savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But Plouffe was undaunted. Asked about the provision on “Fox News Sunday,” he said that it was also included by House Republicans in their fiscal 2012 budget resolution.
Plouffe sought to make the case that House Republicans have been unwilling to work with Democrats because of a concern over losing their political base ahead of next year’s elections.
“Basically we are at a point now where roughly 30 tea party Members of Congress, the Republican leadership is putting their demands ahead of 300 million Americans, and that has to stop,” Plouffe said.
So, while yipping chihuahua David Plouffe was lobbying for Obama’s tax increase this weekend, what was the Leader of the Regime himself up to this weekend?
In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and “put on your marching shoes” to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.
…Obama’s speech to the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus was his answer to increasingly vocal griping from black leaders that he’s been giving away too much in talks with Republicans — and not doing enough to fight black unemployment, which is nearly double the national average at 16.7 percent.
“It gets folks discouraged. I know. I listen to some of y’all,” Obama told an audience of some 3,000 in a darkened Washington convention center.
But he said blacks need to have faith in the future — and understand that the fight won’t be won if they don’t rally to his side.
“I need your help,” Obama said.
The president will need black turnout to match its historic 2008 levels if he’s to have a shot at winning a second term, and Saturday’s speech was a chance to speak directly to inner-city concerns.
He acknowledged blacks have suffered mightily because of the recession, and are frustrated that the downturn is taking so long to reverse. “So many people are still hurting. So many people are barely hanging on,” he said, then added: “And so many people in this city are fighting us every step of the way.”
But Obama said blacks know all too well from the civil rights struggle that the fight for what is right is never easy.
“Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”
Topping the to-do list, he said, is getting Congress to the pass jobs bill he sent to Capitol Hill two weeks ago.
But, wait. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet.
The Washington Post reports that:
President Obama’s campaign is developing an aggressive new program to expand support from ethnic minority groups and other traditional Democratic voters as his team studies an increasingly narrow path to victory in next year’s reelection effort.
The program, called “Operation Vote,” underscores how the tide has turned for Obama, whose 2008 brand was built on calls to unite “red and blue America.” Then, he presented himself as a politician who could transcend traditional partisan divisions, and many white centrists were drawn to the coalition.
Today, the political realities of a sputtering economy, a more polarized Washington and fast-sinking presidential job approval ratings, particularly among white independents, are forcing the Obama campaign to adjust its tactics.
Operation Vote will function as a large, centralized department in the Chicago campaign office for reaching ethnic, religious and other voter groups. It will coordinate recruitment of an ethnic volunteer base and push out targeted messages online and through the media to groups such as blacks, Hispanics, Jews, women, seniors, young people, gays and Asian Americans.
The campaign this month hired a longtime Jewish political activist as a point person for that community, the first of many such hirings to come this fall as staffers are brought on from each of the target groups.
Gosh, you don’t suppose that was a response to the upset victory of the Republicans, who won Rep. Anthony Weiner’s old seat in New York’s heavily Jewish 9th District, do you?
By pushing for tax increases for the wealthy, he is following the old Democrat playbook lesson on class warfare, word for word. And, by racially classifying people, he’s returning to his days of community organizing in Chicago.
Obama is exhibiting all of the ring savvy of a punch-drunk boxer, who telegraphs every punch.
And he’s setting himself up for a knockout on November 6, 2012.