From a mystery source within the Obama campaign come some updates/accusations targeted at proactive Obama-lovers in the ivy league. According to the political blog Open Left, Obama’s campaign has “had it up to their ears” with ivy interns getting in the way of business, even adding fuel to the Republican’s fire. Contributer “KosherDutchAfro” writes:
My source within the Obama campaign in Chicago has told me campaign employees have had it up to their ears with overly ambitious Ivy League volunteers who have been causing problems for the campaign by putting their individual ambitions over the larger goals of the campaign as a movement. This employee and fellow South Side native has shared with me that the campaign is getting a sense that the attitudes of dedicated Ivy League volunteers had, over the course of the primary, given Republicans enough stories to run with the ‘elitist’ trope in the general election.”
What are these kids doing: arguing over who gets to plug those numbers into an excel sheet? Or… maybe it would be more relevant to ask: who is this KosherDutchAfro, and why all the crazy haterade for us innocent ivy leaguers with big political dreams? Because later on in the post he writes about how Obama’s loss to Clinton in the Pennsylvania primary can be blamed on “pushy” Penn students:
In Pennsylvania, where the campaign lost big time to Hillary due to pushy Penn students stoking conflict with long-time city activists, the Obama campaign has instituted a training that teaches volunteers how to be senstive to existing communities.”
OK. Fine. We know that this sort of insensitivity can be a problem not only amongst ivy league students, but also within the ivy league administration. So maybe this kind of training isn’t such a bad idea after all. But isn’t blaming Obama’s loss on a few Penn students taking it a bit far? And wait…didn’t Obama attend ivy league universities himself? According to the mystery source, “Senator Obama himself feels Ivy League graduates have held sway over Washington too long and even though he attended Harvard and Columbia, if elected, he intends to do very little hiring from the Ivies.”
Now this is truly scary. Because if this is potentially true, it’s grim news for us rising seniors. Hell, if nepotism is going out of fashion in politics, I’m never getting a job next year.
UPDATE: Information has emerged which casts doubt upon the motives and claims of the tipster “AfroDutch.” It appears that nothing he told us can be taken as reliable — to the extent that this post should be considered wholly compromised. There is absolutely no evidence of bad blood between the Obama campaign and Ivy Leaguers. -HP