For most of Barack Obama's presidency, his legendary grassroots army of MacBook-wielding storm troopers, Obama for America, has largely remained dormant. Nary a peep was heard from these hopers and changers during contentious debates over the stimulus package, health care reform, the extension of the Bush tax cuts, not to mention other lost opportunities.
But now that the 2012 election is a scant 15 months away, it seems as though the president's campaign apparatus is showing new signs of life.
Earlier today, Obama for America Tennessee state director Justin Wilkins sent out an email blast imploring Nashville voters to participate in early voting for this September's runoff election (and even included a link to the Metro Election Commission's website by way of the campaign's Tennessee-centric website)
The members of the next Davidson County Metro Council will play an important role in shaping our community and creating jobs over the next few years, so these elections matter. We're expecting high turnout for races like these — if you live in Council District 4, 5, 6, 13, or 33, be sure to head to the polls by Saturday, September 10th, to vote early and make your voice heard. ...
Voting will be even easier if you make a plan first, so make sure you know how you're getting to your polling place and what time you're going. You should also reach out to your friends and neighbors to make sure they're voting and offer them a ride to the polls, if you can.
Please be aware that Tennessee's new voter ID law does NOT require all voters to show a photo ID in this election. However, if you are a first-time voter, you should be prepared to show proof of identification. Acceptable forms of ID include a current voter registration card, a current utility bill, or a current Tennessee driver's license or other photo ID.
Last we checked, the president isn't running for any of these offices, obviously, but the big-picture view is that his campaign is warming up for 2012 by inserting itself into little ol' Davidson County (and in an off-year election, no less), if only so its volunteers can get a leg up on Tweeting their Facebooks before their GOP equivalents Facebook some Tweets. For freedom.