Did Open Government Hurt or Help The Obama Administration in 2010 Elections?
It is usually during the first 100 days of a President’s term that are the defining Days of any Administration. President Obama defined his direction on January 22, 2008 day one.
On November 2nd, 2010, with less than two hours away from the mid term report card being handed in to report on the performance of the Senate and our House of Representatives.
Those of us who have evangelically blazed the trails of innovation, engaged the public, and persevered with high hopes to build collaborations, and publish solutions to the complex issues of unemployment, health care costs, poverty, violence, eduction, environmental issues, to producing alternative forms of energy, addressing the problems causing massive bank failures, and foreclosures, to developing new technologies, and most of all, to creating jobs for an economic turnaround, we must now ask our selves post mid term elections,
Did our efforts to Open Up Government help or hurt the Obama Administration?
Reading the tea leaves, before all the ballots are in, looking at the color of the dye that is about to be cast, and listening to all of the pundits make their predictions, it appears that something went wrong.
What could have gone wrong? How could the White House with control of both the House and the Senate, and such a bold directive on day one by a hugely popular leader at the dawn of his election find the Administration looking the morning after at such a new congressional and senatorial make up? With such a divisive, and deepening gap between those in control, and the party who recently, no more than 24 months ago found themselves voted out and accused of indiscretions of greed, corruption, policy makers of selfish gain, and prolonging a war that even today seems to after nearly 10 years have un-defined signs of victory, and un-answered questions as to whether the war was good for America.
How could a potentially transformative 2010 election result emerge when the Open Government Directive created such a positive energy, and a proliferation of volunteers and stakeholders from college age to seasoned professionals sharing ideas, developing videos to show casing better ways to assess and solve problems, and rally community to urge transparency, encourage government agencies to collaborate, and advocates demanding participation in the government process.
Today’s question over coffee, at the water cooler, and online across the internet at your home, office, church, school, mosque, or synagogue, is to ask yourself;
Did The Open Government Directive bring faith back into government?
Or Did Open Government help to create the election results of 2010?
These questions, I am certain are as hard to answer as trying to figure out what is the next steps for we the evangelizers of Open Government now that there is indeed a Change coming into Washington.
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