Organizers with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal PAC, say they will attempt to deliver 200,000 signatures on a pledge to withhold support from the president if he consents to cuts to federal entitlement programs.
“We’re hoping Jeremy Bird or Jim Messina will come down to accept it,” said PCCC spokesman Neil Sroka, a former Obama campaign staffer hired by Bird in 2008. Bird is the national field director for the campaign; Messina is the campaign manager.
“What I learned on that campaign is that there’s nothing more important to the Obama campaign than its volunteers,” Sroka said. “They’re the heart and soul of it. “
Signatories to the pledge, who claim to have donated more than $17 million and 2.6 million volunteer hours in 2008, are threatening to close their wallets and stay home in 2012 if Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits are changed in a deficit reduction deal with Republicans.
“Don't ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012,” if there are cuts, the pledge reads. “I'm going to focus on electing bold progressive candidates who will fight to protect our Democratic legacy."
Yeah, but when the rubber meets the road, they'll end up in the voting booth supporting "That One" next year. Where else will they go?