Clinton and her campaign so far

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

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, Democratic Presidential nomination, Primary (all tags)

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Re: Clinton and her campaign so far

I wonder if KO , the NBC apparatus would savage Obama with his admitting of the overstating of the Kennedy role with his father reported on the front page of the washington post.

by lori 2008-03-30 08:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Clinton and her campaign so far

Keith already demonstrated that he has no intention of every calling Barack Obama on any of his lies or exaggerations.  And, contrast his almost instant reaction to the Ferraro misstep - dedicating his frist show EVER to bashing a fellow Democrat - to his non-reaction to the Wright Controversy: giving the most mediocre, softball interview I have ever seen, practically coaching Obama on how to answer.

by bobbank 2008-03-30 08:52AM | 0 recs
Why is Obama fighting against FLA and MICH being

allowed to have new primaries and revote?

Why does he want to disenfranchise their voters?

What is he afraid of?

by architek 2008-03-30 08:48AM | 0 recs
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Honestly I have trouble reading your points 2 and 3.  If you are making the point that the Clinton campaign was slow to react to Obama's guerilla tactics in the early primary season, I agree.

Remember that Hillary has been very consistent in her position on MI and FL, going all the way back to October 2007.  So, whether she was winning or trailing behind, she has always urged those voters to be heard.  Defending the right of people to vote is a good quality in our next President.

Finally, regarding your first point, let us see what the numbers look like for March.  I'm quite curious myself.  I think you'll find the Clinton campaign on solid footing, but we'll see.

by bobbank 2008-03-30 08:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Clinton and her campaign so far

Bob

Thanks for the response

As to #2 - It looks to me like HRC figured she could either coast to victory (ie she wasn't going to wipe out the field by scrapping for every delegate)or that her election strategy (Hit 270 by targeting big states and solid D states ) was also her priamry strategy (win juts enough states to make the case that you are the only one who can win).  I want party building, base building and political field operations to be developed NOW not later.  I like HRC very much, she's a solid legislator and an excellent campaigner.  BUt we need a candiate who understands we need gains top to bottom.  The HRC prez campaign seems to be working on a hypothesis that popularity will win it and strategy is secondary

by kmwray 2008-03-31 03:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Clinton and her campaign so far

Bob

Thanks for the response

As to #2 - It looks to me like HRC figured she could either coast to victory (ie she wasn't going to wipe out the field by scrapping for every delegate)or that her election strategy (Hit 270 by targeting big states and solid D states ) was also her priamry strategy (win juts enough states to make the case that you are the only one who can win).  I want party building, base building and political field operations to be developed NOW not later.  I like HRC very much, she's a solid legislator and an excellent campaigner.  BUt we need a candiate who understands we need gains top to bottom.  The HRC prez campaign seems to be working on a hypothesis that popularity will win it and strategy is secondary

by kmwray 2008-03-31 03:13PM | 0 recs

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