Jake Tapper of ABC News reports that phone banking operations organized by Organizing for America, OFA, are calling voters on behalf of Sen. Arlen Specter.
Organizing for America, the former grass-roots campaign arm for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, is trying to rally supporters to phone bank and get out the vote in Pennsylvania for Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Penn., the former Republican locked in a tight primary race with a far more progressive Democrat, Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Penn.
Chris Bolling, the national volunteer coordinator for OFA, writes in an email that the “stakes of this election are high: ensuring that allies of the President are elected in the House and Senate to fight for change. So starting this weekend, through Tuesday’s election, there will be phone banks for OFA volunteers in D.C. We’ll call into Pennsylvania and encourage voters to support leaders who will fight for President Obama’s vision for change.”
Should progressive, grassroots volunteers, who supported an underdog progressive candidate in 2008, now be encouraged to work against a progressive in a Pennsylvania primary? Should the national Democratic Party be so involved in an party primary? Has pragmatic politics replaced idealism on the left?
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