Democrat, Democratic, Progressive
by Jerome Armstrong, Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 07:53:49 AM EDT
The campaigns have been chugging away for at least 6 months now. Those three terms, who/what we fight/stand for, here's the number of times each of the candidates has mentioned any of them, since the beginning of their campaign, in their emails from either the candidate or their campaign directors (# of emails by the candidates):
Democrat Democratic Progressive John Edwards (26) 0 3 0 surrogates 2 13 5 Chris Dodd (8) 0 3 0 surrogates 1 10 0 Hillary Clinton (12) 0 2 0 surrogates 0 1 0 Bill Richardson(8) 0 0 0 surrogates 4 6 0 Barack Obama(18) 0 0 0 surrogates 1 1 0Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, have all three said the D word. The P word though, is where Edwards laps the field. I find that particularly interesting. Though I'm not on any Republican candidate lists, I would imagine that everyone of them touts their conservative credentials in name much more often than do Democrats their worldview. After all, the conservatives are trying to win the Republican nomination.
btw, here's something silly I'd missed that I'm surprised the dumb news didn't run with mainstream coverage. Clinton's first 8 emails all were addressed from "Hillary Rodham Clinton" and then beginning with May 3rd, they have been "Hillary Clinton"-- in the fwiw column. Maybe they did and I just missed it cause I don't consume trash.
I guess the avoidance of anything that relates to the Democratic Party by Barack Obama is something that speaks for itself-- actually it doesn't and one has to wonder [updated to include two references by a surrogate].
The biggest Obama promoter on this blog currently is probably lovinj, and in a recent diary, Barack Obama, On What It Means To Be An American And Not Just A Democrat, with another big Obamacrat, both newbies here, they had this back and forth in the comments:
In the future, more and more people are poised to get sick of the terms Republican and Democrat, as they quickly becoming synonomous with bickering and corruption. It seems the good Senator sees this coming. And he is right, by the way.
by Todd Bennett
I ask everyone rate this comment with three's. This post speaks volumes about the current state of politics.
You are dead on Todd. REC for sure.
Furthermore, I think Obama is miscalculating if he thinks this kind of rhetoric clears a path to the nomination.
I attended a house party for Obama several weeks ago. Talking with some of the Obama supporters and leaners there, it was clear to me that they were drawn to this post-partisan rhetoric. One woman specifically praised Obama for not sounding angry, adding that Gore just sounds "stupid" when he gives an angry speech. (Swallow right-wing frames much?, I thought, but I kept my mouth shut).
One of the Obama field organizers even said to the group that we tried it Dean's way, sounding angry, and that doesn't work and isn't appealing to people. We need to set a different tone to bring people together.
As the party was winding down, I did approach that woman and called her on promoting MSM crap about Dean being too "angry."
Anyway, there clearly is a group of voters out there who think politics are too nasty and partisan, and we need someone to bring people together. I don't know how many people there are like that, but I sure don't think it's a plurality within the universe of Democratic primary voters. Obama picked up a lot of support in Iowa earlier this year, but in the polling I've seen, he's been stuck around 20 percent, plus or minus a few points.
It wouldn't surprise me to learn that 20 percent of Democrats like the post-partisan Obama rhetoric, but if he doesn't start sounding like more of a proud Democrat willing to take the fight to the Republicans, I don't think he is going to win Iowa. I don't care how many field offices he has here.
Update [2007-7-19 11:51:56 by Jerome Armstrong]:Obviously, there are going to be segmented lists that are sent out to different people. The above chart shows the emails I received(with the noted addition), as someone that had signed up for those lists at the beginning. Results may vary according to how segmented the list is for each campaign.