So, if I'm Dowd here's what I do (and it might be he has already tried this), I call up every single person I ever knew and worked with in the Obama campaign. Let's be honest it's not that many, Dowd isn't exactly a superdelegate, but there's got to be a few. I ask them, beg them or bribe them to get a personal letter of thanks, an audio clip, a picture, ANYTHING that links me to Obama. I also ask them to send a couple people to speak at fund raisers (probably some campaign staffers who can tell grand stories of the underdog story in action). Towards the end of the campaign, I'd love to get one of the leaders of the Obama campaign to speak at a big rally, but I'm not sure if that's too much to ask.
I remind Obama (or well, at least a staffer), how much a Ravenstahl/Onorato/Rendell endorsement meant in the Burgh and promise him more responsible endorsements going forward.
I'm not saying this would work, Obama is working on bigger things* and may not make anyone available, but Dowd's not going to win on conventional politics. He needs to do enough conventional politics to remain relevant and spend the rest of his time focusing on how to pull a rabit out of his hat. He says he has a great campaign manager? She should be in magic classes right now.
*for some perspective ONE of the things Obama is working on is the stimulus bill, a bill that would cover the pension fund obligations for almost 10,000 years (787 Billion divided by 6.7 million / month).