Favor File or Enemies List?
by catfish2, Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 10:38:29 AM EDT
OK guys - Obama won. Now let's not further trash the Demcoratic brand any more than necessary. That includes refraining from piling on the Clintons when it's not warranted. Republicans are loyal to a fault, but the Democrats could improve their practice of having each other's backs. It wasn't always about the Clintons. The same people who trashed Hillary this season laid into Gore for saying he invented the Internet, for sighing, and for telling "little lies." You heard that right. In Bush v. Gore, the mainstream media successfully painted Gore as the one with honesty problems.
This MSM laid into all Democrats in 2003 for being soft on national security.
Pile on the Clintons at your own peril - even though Republicans won 7 of the last 10 presidential elections, they truly believe the Democrats are power-hungry and (this is the best part): Republicans really believe Democrats ARE successful at gaining and maintaining power. No joke, my boss is a Republican and he just told me this, and used Tom Daschle as an example!?!? It's no wonder they hate the Clintons - because the Clintons care about regular people AND they built a lifetime network machine to get them into power so they could help people. In short, the Clintons convince people outside of Washington that the Democratic party cares about the little guy, and that's the biggest danger to the GOP there is. Heck the Clintons convince people outside of the country that the Democrats care about the little guy.
The theme emerging today: The Clintons keep lists (suggestion: an enemies list, similar to Nixon.) But with Nancy Pelosi, she keeps a "favor file" so that's OK.
Nancy Pelosi's "favor file", is a retail politics technique she learned from her father, Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alessandro.
A staunch Catholic and New Deal populist, Big Tommy conferred on his offspring a sense of society's obligation to the poor and powerless, enduring themes in his daughter's politics. But he also schooled them in the nuts and bolts, the transactional nature of the game. His career characterized by hard- fought races and endless vote-scrounging, Big Tommy was forever juggling the demands of the Poles, Germans, Irish, Czechs, Jews, and Italians in his district. Constituent service became his calling card, and Nancy and her brothers helped maintain a "favor file" on everyone for whom their father had ever found a job or served a hot meal. (Nancy's mom kept pots of stew and pasta sauce simmering at all hours to feed petitioners.) The operation also kept scrupulous count of how many votes it had-- and needed--from each precinct, block, ethnic group, union, to win an election. "Make sure you have the votes" was drilled into the D'Alesandro children's heads."
From Mark Leibovich, one of the most clever writers at the NYTimes, we hear of the Clinton's vast network of very loyal friends. But note Leibovich uses the word "list." Nixon was famous for keeping an enemies list. I suspect Leviovich is just having fun with the theme, but if you care about Democratic values you'd not want this meme reinforced.
Mr. Band keeps close track of the past allies and beneficiaries of the Clintons who supported Mr. Obama's campaign, three Clinton associates and campaign officials said. Indeed, he is widely known as a member of the Clinton inner circle whose memory is particularly acute on the matter of who has been there for the couple -- and who has not.
"The Clintons get hundreds of requests for favors every week," said Terry McAuliffe, the chairman of Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign. "Clearly, the people you're going to do stuff for in the future are the people who have been there for you."
Mr. McAuliffe, who knows of Mr. Band's diligent scorekeeping, emphasized that "revenge is not what the Clintons are about." The accounting is more about being practical, he said, adding, "You have to keep track of this."