Stunner. Barack Obama’s Organizing for America website is helping to organize the “day of rage” protests in Wisconsin.
What a complete shock.
Ben Smith at The Politico reported:
The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm – the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.
OfA, as the campaign group is known, has been criticized at times for staying out of local issues like same-sex marraige, but it’s riding to the aide of the public sector unions who hoping to persuade some Republican legislators to oppose Walker’s plan. And while Obama may have his difference with teachers unions, OfA’s engagement with the fight — and Obama’s own clear stance against Walker — mean that he’s remaining loyal to key Democratic Party allies at what is, for them, a very dangerous moment.
The OFA Wisconsin twitter feed bragged about how they used students as props at their protests today.
House Speaker John Boehner sharply criticized President Obama on Thursday for “unleashing” Organizing for America in Wisconsin to pressure Gov. Scott Walker to abandon anti-union legislation.
“I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth,” Boehner said in a statement. “I urge the president to order the DNC to suspend these tactics.”
Citing news reports Boehner said OfA is spreading “disinformation and confusion in Wisconsin,” prompting thousands of public employees to picket.
Boehner said GOP governors like Walker, Ohio’s John Kasich and New Jersey’s Chris Christie, each of whom have defied Obama on his infrastructure agenda, are “daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges” the country faces.
“Rather than shouting down those in office who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the president and his advisors should lead,” Boehner said. “Until they do, they are not focusing on jobs, and they are not listening to the American people who put them in power.”
In an interview with a Wisconsin radio station on Wednesday, Obama said that by making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain, Walker’s plan “generally seems like more of an assault on unions.”
Quoting Obama himself, Boehner said that “this is not the way you begin an ‘adult conversation’ in America about solutions to the fiscal challenges that are destroying jobs in our country.”