Expanding his power bit by bit. Obama's "permanent campaign" to put pressure on Republicans and Democrats alike who won't toe the line is already suffering from some mission creep.
In what would be another unprecedented step, Obama's political staff is deciding whether to create a service organization that would use the vast corps of its grass-roots campaign supporters. As described by one source knowledgeable with the discussions, this nonprofit arm would be used to help victims of natural disasters, but would do so under the Obama umbrella while continuing to build the overall network's massive e-mail database.
Where will it all end?