What Did Obama Do As A Community Organizer? by Byron York on National Review Online: "When he left for law school, Obama wondered what he had accomplished as an organizer. He certainly had some achievements, but he did not — perhaps could not — concede that there might be something wrong with his approach to Chicago’s problems. Instead of questioning his own premises, he concluded that he simply needed more power to get the job done. So he made plans to run for political office. And in each successive office, he has concluded that he did not have enough power to get the job done, so now he is running for the most powerful office in the land.
And what if he gets it? He’ll be the biggest, strongest organizer in the world. He’ll dazzle the country with his message of hope and possibility. But we shouldn’t expect much to actually get done."
This is a detailed and surprisingly sympathetic account of what Obama did in his three years here in Chicago as a community organizer. The conclusion is that he is undoubtedly good at organizing and motivating people to get together, but entirely conventional and unimaginative in accomplishing anything significant with that organization. Worth pondering.