President Obama’s Governance Machine.

So today I was reading a little Al Giordano (The Field), and he had put up a great post on the upcoming work Organization of America intends to do in the coming weeks and months. Mr. Giordano is one of the most insightful bloggers/commentators out there, and one hell of a journalist…so, go read it.

After reading this post, I added my voice to the discussion with this comment:

What I’ve noticed is that a lot of people who worked with/for the Obama campaign during the election did so believing that the grassroots, community organizing style of Obama was merely a means to an end…the end being the White House. I don’t think it’s fully sunk in that his goal wasn’t to simply use that method to get to the bully pulpit, then wield the executive power the same way every President before him has done so.

That’s not who President Obama is. All these people who spent so much time deriding CNN and FOX news, complaining that they “didn’t report what was really happening on the ground” during the election (and they weren’t) now suddenly use CNN and FOX as a baseline for how Obama is fairing message-wise. It’s like spending a year building a boat of your own so you don’t have to buy a ticket on the ferry, then complaining about the ticket prices. It makes no sense.

I think one majorly overlooked aspect of this Presidency is how the “First 100 Days” theory is going to be blown out of the water. Just like the campaign took several months to ramp up, as people got trained and organized…so too will it take a little time for OFA to get a grip and shape themselves to governance – though they seem well on their way with some of the info you posted here. By the time that first 100 days is done, the “Obama campaign machine” will have morphed into the “Obama governing machine”. If people think he won’t have the ability and support to get something done on day 212, they are going to be sorely mistaken.

I don’t understand why others can’t seem to understand these things. I mean, I’m still REALLY new to all this stuff (first-time volunteer for Obama) and I still get it.

Now, I don’t know if this fits the format of OSP in terms of the type of media focused commentary we intend to give on this site…but since we’re on a bit of a lull in the OSP Videos department, I figured the more content the better. Plus, it underlines the point that the gatekeepers at the major media outlets shouldn’t be the be-all-end-all of messaging due to their inherent biases and tendency to…well, suck.

– Travis


Hey there readers! Well, reader.

So don’t you worry. While we’re in the midst of a transition period here at Open Source Pundits, please understand that the transition is about making OSP better, and not merely neglect. We’re trying to come up with a better workflow with the intention of making the videos much quicker to process. This should hopefully lead to our ability to create videos with more frequency and with more relevance.

Those who follow politics know the world can literally change overnight. The way our current videos were being processed meant that we might have several days between the initial pundit is on-air and when our response gets posted. This has already caused several videos to be shelved due to the political story becoming stale and played out. This has actually emboldened us further. The times we’ve had to shelve responses have all been because the point we wanted to argue had already come to pass. Darn President Obama and his doing the right things so quickly! Doesn’t he realize we’re trying to start a pundit smackdown show here?!?!

As you can see, I tossed up a new banner. It’s a test, and something I just threw together in about 15 minutes in photoshop. On top of a more professional process, we’d also like to get the site looking less like random/generic wordpress blog and more like an actual commentary site. Let me know what you think in the comments.

So. Stay tuned.

– Travis S.

Pundit School

If you think there isn’t a conservative corporate machine that carefully and methodically prepares agents to disseminate its talking points and frames…well, you’re wrong. Last night’s Daily Show did a piece on one tiny aspect of that machine – a media training firm imaginatively named “Media Training Worldwide” – skewering conservative ‘commentator’ Kevin James in the process:


And here’s the website for Media Training Worldwide, in case you were wondering what two guys in a 500 square foot space masquerading behind quintessential corporate veneer looked like.

Slumps and Gains

As Travis and I expected, the days leading up to the election left us with little time to indulge in this little side project. I had meant to write a post signaling our absence, but got caught up and consumed by the final stretch of the election (and unexpected employment) earlier than I anticipated. After the election but before Travis and I could refocus on this, we were both again distracted by our day jobs, from which we’re only now emerging as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday.

But we’ll be back, once the turkey is carved and there’s nothing left but that turkey soup that nobody would want to eat even if you weren’t sick of all things turkey.

In the meantime, here’s an excellent diary on DailyKos by James Boyce about his recent appearance as a pundit on MSNBC.


The High Bar

There are good examples and there are good examples. And then there’s the gold standard:

Rock on, Rachel.

– Brian

Addendum to Pat Buchanan’s Crap

In the last OSP video we did, there simply wasn’t enough time for me to respond to all of Pat Buchanan’s points and stay within the original allotted time. So I went back and made a little addendum.

OSP Video: The Palin Factor

Source Video available here.

If you create your own, be sure to post it as a video response on the release video.

– Travis