As a candidate for the White House, Barack Obama benefited from an unprecedented, broad-based, and passionate grass-roots mobilization. As president, Obama seems to have forsworn that very movement in favor of a strategy of empowering a small circle of the very best and brightest of advisers and relying on the inside game of negotiations with Congress to advance his ambitious agenda. This strategy has mostly failed. And now the forces of both grass-roots mobilization and money have turned against the White House.
Fung, Archon. "A Tea Party for Obama." American Prospect. April 2010.