Remember all the hype when the the Democratic national party created Organizing for America in an effort to keep President Obama's massive grassroots network from the 2008 campaign in play? The idea was to establish a year-round campaign operation to support the president's agenda and pave the way for his second term.
In Florida and across the country, OFA has been phonebanking, e-mailing, rallying and texting its members in an effort to create a firewall to the anticipated Republican wave on Nov. 2. If Democratic turnout is thin, OFA will face questions about whether Obama was a one-hit wonder. Some Democrats are already questioning whether OFA has been visible enough.
"This is a huge test across the country,'' said Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who is in South Florida today and tomorrow to rally with Senate nominee Kendrick Meek and meet with Democratic activists. "You always want to not be playing defense. I like playing offense...To make history by electing Florida's first florida governor would be a major statement.''