“Are you in?” is the new slogan for Barack Obama's ever-running campaign. In Texas, Democrats could be wondering about Obama's Organizing for America, "are you in"?
During the run up to elections in 2010, OFA beefed up operations in Texas, trying to tip the electoral scales. They wanted control of redistricting. They didn't succeed. This wasn't the first time the outfit was unsuccessful in moving opinion in Texas.
Original expansion of OFA in Texas started in 2009 when Luke Hayes, a much touted OFA field rep, relocated to sell “hope and change.” Hayes' move was announced in 2009 by liberal activist and donor Eugene Sepulveda. The liberal propaganda around the move focused on non-existent statewide support and grand plans.
In reality, after flying high for a three months, Obama's fortunes were changing rapidly. Obama was getting beat up over the stimulus package. Led by Governor Perry, Texas conservatives rejected handouts from D.C. with onerous strings attached.
These early failures were followed by a landslide in November that left redistricting firmly in Republican control. Organizing for America reduced its presence. Politico hinted at this fact in a May article which noted Hayes' departure.
Still, the signals have been somewhat mixed. Messina, Democrats say, made no concrete commitments during his presentation to donors. And Luke Hayes, Obama’s highly regarded top organizer for Texas, was quietly transferred to Chicago recently with little explanation, irking some local party officials.
In typical fashion, OFA's failures have received no attention from Texas’ media. These are the same media actors who diligently carry news of liberals' big plans for conservative American states, only to go silent when nothing happens.