UPDATE: Organizing for America’s Health Care Visit Debacle

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It seems I’m not the only one irritated this week. So is Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who says she’s miffed at Organizing for America after her office was inundated with constituents  looking to chew her ear off on health care reform. This makes her the first Democrat to formally frown on the program.

In case you missed my post on Monday or your SPAM filter blocked OFA’s email, Obama’s netroots machine tapped its Dumbledore’s Army of activists to visit their senators during the August recess to express support for healthcare reform. The website even offered a convenient “appointments” widget, meant to help fence-sitters commit to the trek. Tens of thousands signed up. Unfortunately, some folks (including a few of the ones I sat with on Monday morning) thought that meant they had an actual appointment to see the senator. Which they did not. 

So why can’t the Obama administration coordinate with it’s friends? Is Organizing for America making itself a nuisance? Or is the California senator just a big wet blanket?  

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