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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Clinton Supporters Outline Errors in Campaign

Personally I think the first error in the Clinton Campaign was that Hillary, Billy boy and her whole team made the mistake of believing their own hype and thinking she was inevitable.

Her supporters, while still clinging to the belief that she will win the Democratic nomination, and she might if her teams strategy to have the super delegates ignore the "will of the people" works, but the Baltimore Sun shows some of her supporters thoughts on what strategies didn't work for her campaign and the first they list is exactly what I just said....she believed her own hype about inevitability.

It may be hard to recall the shield of inevitability that once surrounded Hillary Clinton, but a December 2007 cover story in a liberal magazine is a reminder.

"Has Hillary Locked It Up?" asked The American Prospect, which unabashedly promotes its "Liberal Intelligence." The article lauded the "strategic and tactical brilliance of her campaign" and "her political adeptness," concluding that Clinton had pulled so far ahead that the race might be over once the first votes were cast.

Now, after falling behind Barack Obama, her campaign is being vilified by some of her supporters. They say she made the strategic mistake of believing that she was inevitable, allowing herself to be positioned, in effect, as an incumbent in an election about change.

The articles goes on to show how she was so sure she would walk away from Super Tuesday ahead, that her team had no game plan for after February 5th aka Super Tuesday.

Flawed Premise

The "Clinton model is very old-fashioned and inefficient. It's based on what they did in the '90s," said Bill Carrick, an unaligned Democratic strategist. Obama has "made sure they could maximize the amount of money they can raise on the Net. That's just a monster of an advantage."

Some Democrats say Clinton is running on a flawed premise: that superior experience is what party voters are looking for.

"There's this big hunger for change and something different, and so she was running into a headwind that was incredibly strong," said Carrick. "She's certainly very smart, and she's got encyclopedic knowledge of policy, and her positions are well thought out. But people are more interested in being inspired and having somebody speak to their hopes and dreams and aspirations, as opposed to wanting the most substantive, policy-oriented candidate."

They go on to mention her stumbling and bumbling over the issue of illegals getting a drivers license, where she gave three answers in a matter of three minutes, her husbands big mouth as well as her own before the South Carolina primaries, but they still think she has a chance to win.

She does, but if she does so using the teams strategy of discounting Obama's wins and "persuading" the super delegates to go against the voters of their individual states, or her "plot" in which The Telegraph reported that for the good of the party, Hillary was going to "call on party grandees including Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Harry Reid, the party's leader in the Senate, to persuade Mr Obama to stand down," she will be cutting her own throat.

As I showed previously, members of the Democratic party, die hard Democratic supporters have already stated publicly that they will not tolerate a deliberate attempt to circumvent the voters by nullifying their votes using the super delegates.


Using Chris Bowers as an example here, we see that he is a Democrat, a local precinct captain, he holds a seat on the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, and he has helped raise millions of dollars for Democrats and he has stated publicly that if the super delegates in the Democratic party decide the nominee against what the popular vote from the primaries and caucuses do, then he will quit the Democratic party...period.

Super delegates are seated based solely on their status as current or former elected officeholders and party officials.

So, in other words, if a race is very close and one politician is shown to be the favorite by popular vote, but the super delegates vote for the other person, then the will of the party supporters...the VOTERS... can be negated and the super delegates can then select the nominee rather than the voters electing the nominee.

Another example is Donna Brazile,who managed Al Gore's presidential campaign in 2000, and is herself a super delegate also made the statement, reported by ABC "If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit the Democratic Party. I feel very strongly about this."

The criticism team Hillary is seeing about her previous strategies, from her own supporters no less, is nothing compared to the criticism in store for her should her latest two strategies be implemented.