What do community organizers in Chicago do?
They exacerbate and inflame division, tension and conflict across the city. Community organizing only works in Chicago if everyone is fighting each other because they have less opportunity or energy to resist the organizer's larger goals. And if people feel they're living in chaos, the organizer's alternative of a stronger central organization may well seem more attractive.
And when you need protesters to show up, the SEIU hirelings are only a telephone call away. $15 per hour per thug, a sack lunch and a bus to haul them to the protest site and you're in business. It's the Chicago ward politics style of community organizing. And since the president didn't really do much with his life besides that -- and continually lying about his credentials, that's what he knows.
That's Washington DC today.
Obama called legislators over two days into the partial government shutdown. Before they arrived, he had his spokesman, Jay Carney, utter this long sound bite:
"The president is not going to negotiate about how we can come to an agreement on our budget challenges, how we can come to an agreement about funding necessary priorities to ensure that we grow our economy and ensure that the middle class is protected and expanding, ensure that our kids are getting the best education possible, and then ensure that we reduce our deficit in a responsible way."
So besides a "free" cup of coffee and a doughnut at the White House, there was no reason for anybody to go over and listen to Barack pontificate. That is negotiation in Chicago. It's what he knows and who he is.