I get a fair amount of criticism when I point out areas where I disagree with Obama, but I think it's important to recognize that there is a wholly unacknowledged two way conversation going on. Obama has chosen to go on Dailykos, but the last time he did it was in 2005. Since then, I think it's fair to say he's done a good number of appearances elsewhere on various forums. Google News lists 125k stories, which doesn't translate into 125k appearances, though he certainly has done thousands of interviews by now. Obama has also explicitly said he does not read blogs, and this filters down throughout his campaign. Moreover, we're explicitly partisan, and he's post-partisan, and we seem to like and support him regardless.
So I take him at his word. Internet liberals - bloggers, blog readers, Moveon members, etc - are just not a priority for Obama or the campaign. That's been obvious for a long time, when both Josh Marshall and Markos discussed how little outreach and responsiveness there was coming from Obama's shop. Now, I'm not whining. At this point, I've made my peace with this situation, and am working on Congressionally focused areas where there's more leverage and more of a potential impact.
I just don't think we really have a role in this Presidential race anymore. It doesn't matter what I say or do, it doesn't matter what kinds of comments we put up, what Josh Marshall says, it only matters what Obama and a few key staffers say and think. And they don't care what we think, they have other channels they care about, including a whole network of grassroots organizers. Their attitude is probably along the lines of 'well we won without them, they all think they know better than we do, let them run a race for once'.
That's fine, that's their choice. They've made it, there's not much any of us can do. Just know that their logistical operations are remarkable, their campaign structure is phenomenal, and we're not a part of it.