Clinton and her campaign so far
by kmwray, Sun Mar 30, 2008 at 08:36:49 AM EDT
I will enthusiastically support HRC if she is a the nominee
BUT there have been some strategic missteps here
1. HRC has to loan money to her campaign --- This looks like a poor fundraising, but it is a sign of something else --- no fundraising. Money keeps going out and suddenly the loan is reported ('cause money is not coming in), the next month the fundraising is back on track. I sure hope someone on her staff got fired. Obama has been getting millions every months beacuse he has been asking every month. I'm sorry but you cannot stop asking for money ever if you expect to win. You never figure, I'll give my donors a break. Your donors get a break after election day.
2. Lowballing primaries/caucuses between Super Tuesday and the Ohio/Texas primaries --- Fighting for enough to win the nomination and arguing that you won the primaries that will give you an electoral win is idiotic. I don't want Clinton or Obama to win, I want the Democratic ticket to win. I want the kind of state house victories/gubernatorial victoes and Congressional majorities in both houses that will give progressive agendas a chance. Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000 are metaphors for poor political strategy. I want a candidate is will do what it takes in every state to keep it in play, if not for HRC, for those down ticket
3. Criticizing the process - Michigan and Florida blew it. The caucus system was Clinton's friend in Nevada but not in Texas and all the caucuses after NV and before TX. If I had to pick an issue that has irked me the most, it has been this. Ohio and Texas were a big story because Clinton was going to drop out if the results were this or that ---- the answer should have been all along what she's saying now --- not until the primaries are over
I like the debate and the testing of these two excellent candidates but the drama made of gotchas, he said/she said and Clinton's political amateur hour NO THANKS