Yesterday, the Dispatch reported Obama's campaign organization, Organizing for America, began an offensive against Rep. Tiberi.
The group says it is sending an email to Obama backers - presumably from the lists of millions of people OFA began compiling during the election - residing in the districts of Tiberi and the 31 other Republicans.In addition, Ted Strickland put out this web-based advertisement promoting Democrat-led federal health care reform.
The email asks people to "stop by" their lawmaker's local office and notify a staff member that "you are counting on Rep. (Tiberi, in this case) to support health reform in the final vote," meaning when a final House-Senate compromise returns to the House for a vote.
If you read the 3BP Quinnipiac poll breakdown yesterday you already know what a strange idea this already is.
As you'll recall, Ohioans disapprove of Obama's health care reform efforts by a 21 point margin. For you non-math majors, that's a lot.
Even more amazing are the numbers among indie voters where the disapproval margin increases to 28.
And for some reason, Democrats want to run on health care.
Now, maybe some Dems feel this is how they win the issue back. A fair point, if they actually discussed the issue - instead they simply attack Tiberi for voting against reform. In reality, all Organizing for America is doing is ensuring that whatever Obama Independents still on their e-mail list now know that Tiberi voted against the plan.
A strange strategy indeed.