I think Plouffe’s memo reflects what is wrong with the Obama campaign. It focuses on the campaign’s logistical advantages: its superior fund raising, its grass roots organization, its enthusiastic volunteers, its “financial sustainability”, and its candidate’s bio and basic message.
What it misses, and what Obama misses, is the ability to use issues in a political campaign to win votes. Obama has been totally unable to do that. He is not good in articulating the issues and far too cautious in taking the fight to Hillary. He gives every impression of running for the future to secure his eventual place in the pantheon of Democratic succession rather than fighting for the nomination today against his chief opponent.
When he scores points, Democrats file it under tomorrow. When Edwards does, they file it under missed opportunities of yesterday. When Hillary does, file it under today.