Skip to comments.Shaken Clinton Camp prepares for Trench Warfare (After N.H.)
Posted on 01/06/2008 9:58:11 PM PST by tcrlaf
Hillary Clinton's campaign, anticipating probable defeat here in New Hampshire on January 8, is gearing up for an extended trench-warfare battle against Barack Obama.
The former First Lady is planning to fight Obama in South Carolina on January 26, and in the gargantuan nationwide primary on Tuesday, February 5 -- with contests in 19 states, including New York, California, New Jersey, Georgia, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Colorado. If she remains competitive, Clinton's plan is to continue to compete in Louisiana on February 9, in Virginia and Maryland on February 12, in Wisconsin on February 19, in Ohio on March 4 -- and beyond, if necessary.
In an approach redolent of Walter Mondale's 1984 "Where's the Beef?" tactic against Gary Hart, Clinton has adopted the less memorable slogan "Rhetoric vs. Results, Talk vs. Action."
The Clinton campaign is sparing no effort to pressure the media to lean on Obama's perceived vulnerabilities.
Looking to leverage Obama's slender resume, a Clinton operative argued to HuffPost that the campaign will be able to demonstrate that "Obama is just not a plausible person in this environment of international peril," and that the longer the primary campaign can be extended, the better chance Clinton will have to prove that "there is not even a second level to Obama, there is no depth."
The results of this gambit are far from certain. Many political observers here see Hillary on the ropes. "I think Iowa was the best she is going to do. Now she has the stink of a loser on her," said an official from the upper echelons of the 2004 Democratic campaign. In the upcoming states, voters "are just now starting to pay attention, and all they know is that he [Obama] is a winner and she's a loser."
Like Mondale in 1984, Clinton is configuring her campaign to win in states where independents cannot vote. "Clinton got killed among independents and those few Republicans who crossed over," an Iowa operative noted about last Thursday's caucuses. After this Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, where independents can cast ballots in either the Democratic or Republican contest, "We are just going to go to the big Democratic states with closed primaries" says a member of the Clinton inner circle.
Political analyst Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute warned, "Tactical maneuvering at this point is of limited value, but all [Clinton] may be able to do for the moment is to try tactical stuff, and lash herself to the mast to withstand the [Obama] wave."
The daggers are coming out now, and the DEMOCRATIC PARTY CIVIL WAR is going to vicious and bloody...
If you read any of the leftist sites like KOS, Huffpo, and others, especially the radical ones, you can see how this is going to EXPLODE, and very soon.
The Clinton's and thier cronies would rather bring the Democratic Party down in flames, than move aside for the "good of the Party"...
This post from Huff pretty much sums up the coming DEMOCRAT CIVIL WAR:
“Barack Obama is one big mouth that speaks volumes of dreamlike pie in the sky and wished for aspirations as if he’s the only one, who can do your thinking for you, and make all your dreams come true, then you better have a prayer ready for yourself and your loved ones, cause all of his hopes and dreams, won’t put any more food on your table, or feed your desperate desires.
We will see, that by handing the ball over to Obama, he will fumble it, and the Republicans, will pick it up, and score the White House.”
Grab the popcorn...
This is going to like watching Detroit burn on halloween, from the Ambassador Bridge!
Think what the disillusionment would be if the blacks and youth elect Obama in every primary and she still gets the nomination. It would be like the disappointment of supporting McCarthy in 1968 but see Humphrey get the nomination. Very disenchanting.
She looks bad, she sounds bad and now she smells bad.
Two junior senators who have accomplished nothing in the senate going at each other about results and action?
I mean, you can't make this stuff up!
(Please pass the popcorn...)
This "super delegate" thingy is a bit weird. I'm not sure I understand how all this works.
What did she do to get these? Why didn't her rivals get any?
The “Democratic” Party uses an anti-democratic nominating system that includes 842 “super-delegates” un-pledged party leaders not chosen by the voters, free to support the candidate of their choice, and who comprise more than forty percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination.
Many have already announced the candidate they will support.
In a clear attempt to protect the party establishment, this undemocratic infrastructure was created following George McGovern’s landslide defeat in 1972.
It was designed to prevent a populist nominee who was “out of sync with the rest of the party”
(WOW!, Who does THAT sound like??”
Democratic National Committee member Elaine Kamarck called it a “sort of safety valve.”
See # 11...
I still can't get over that Hillary ad, with the gifts she was going to "give" us all.
The superdelegates are members of Congress, state party officials, etc. She may have called in some chits to get them. I think that they can change their commitments to her before the convention but the primary delegates are committed through the first vote. Obama had 76, with Iowa now has 93. Edwards had around 46, now about 60.
Things are going to get reallllll NASTY.
It will be like Hitler's response after Rastenberg in 1944. It will be brutal. She will use everything short of piano wire. Hide the ashtrays. That woman is PISSED.
I LOVE the smell of Napalm in the mornin’!
It’s a great way for Hillary and Bill to call in their chits. Knowing them, I would be scared if I got a call from them to NOT go along with the program. There are about 4050 delegates and 40% of them would be about 1620. If she got most of the superdelegates, plus 1/3 of the primary ones (33% of the other 2400 would be 800), she could easily get to the 2025 majority needed to get the nomination. Regardless of the primaries, the party “of the people” is still a smoke-filled room operation.
She made changes for 35 years.Gosh.I need more popcorn.:)