It doesn't seem too necessary, what with Donald Trump out of the race and everything, but the Obama 2012 campaign is kicking into high gear, starting with an attempt to reach out to every single voter it was in contact with back in 2008. "Every single day we have to go scratch and claw for those votes," said campaign manager Jim Messina, Obama's campaign manager, who added that the team needs to "act like an insurgent campaign" in order to win in 2012.
Time will tell if voters will get as fired up now that Obama is an embattled incumbent and not an exciting up-and-coming candidate, but volunteer rallies with the "I'm in!" theme are already underway, a full eighteen months before the actual elections. "We've expanded upon what we did in 2008," said Jeremy Bird, the campaign's field director. "We could have said we'll come back to you when we run another presidential election, but we've maintained contact with our supporters, they've been involved in voter outreach, legislative fights, training people."
So what do you think? If you were involved in the campaign last time, are you still inclined to pitch in this time around, disillusioned with the whole thing, or more enthused than ever? Let us know what you think in the comments.