The other Democratic candidates probably think the Hillary Clinton Juggernaut has been on the move since January – but they are wrong. From January until September 15 the Hillary Juggernaut was rousing itself, organizing itself, gathering the storm clouds.
Now the Hillary Juggernaut has begun to move.
It is not the reinforced concrete poll numbers reflecting Hillary’s popularity that have to worry opposition candidates. It is not the hardening and climbing poll numbers in the early primary states. Although, as the devastating ruminations by the Gallup Guru indicate, it is almost certain that Hillary will get the nomination. The latest Gallup poll proves that adding up the total support for all of Hillary’s opponents (46%) still would not dilute Hillary’s frontrunner status (47%).
It is not the money raised in support of Hillary that has to worry opposition candidates. Tens of millions of dollars have been raised by the Hillary Team. The money raised helps get the message out. But another campaign has raised millions of dollars too, yet that campaign sinks like a large, heavy, quadruped in thick mud.
Consider, on September 15 in a political shocker, former General Wesley Clark, a potential candidate himself, endorsed Hillary. That endorsement led to a near constant presence on TV by Hillary. From Tom Harkin’s Steak Fry to a speech at the Laborers’ International Union of North America, later a rousing speech to SEIU members.
But the most important event was the presentation by Hillary of her top domestic program – the American Health Choices Plan. The Hillary plan has dominated political conversation for the past few days.
A series of television appearances on Tuesday culminated in a webcast conversation to discuss the American Health Choices Plan followed by a nationwide conference call to mobilize the next phase of the Juggernaut.
On September 10 Hillary campaign headquarters sent out an email to supporters requesting help for the next phase of the campaign. With 20 offices already open in Iowa and poll leads in all the early primary states it was time to move beyond the early primary states. 3,600 people responded to the email within 72 hours.
Respondents to the email received a phone call from the campaign almost immediately. Human contact. The campaign provided details to a nationwide conference call for those wishing to assist. The first step is to provide some innovative and powerful tools to help organize the campaign in the 23 states which will vote on February 5, 2008.
Inspiring stories were heard on the conference call. From Joan in Olympia, Washington – a teacher who supports Hillary because she knows Hillary has prepared herself for the job. Tyson, from Waldorf, Maryland, a former member of the Air Force who as a manager at a temporary agency related a touching story on the need for universal healthcare. Melissa, from Stork, Florida is a student who knows Hillary is needed for a better future. Paul, from Dallas, Texas – whose interest is in civil rights. Paul is a longtime, now former, member of the Navy submarine service. Paul understands the need for civil rights. Paul is gay. Paul supports Hillary. Craig, who was drafted to serve in Vietnam. Craig sees the similarities of Vietnam and Iraq. He wants Hillary and her sensible solutions to help unite the country.
With the churning but much earlier primary calendar the campaign acknowledges that there is no way to send enough informational mail and buy sufficient television advertisements to saturate all 23 states voting on February 5, 2008. The campaign will rely on the grassroots for this national campaign. There are at most 20 weeks to the start of voting.
This accessible campaign will help connect individuals. On October 11 – Team Hillary meetings. There will be follow-up emails, and weekly conference calls, contacts at the campaign, some interesting new tools to help Hillary supporters connect.
The first goal is to host organizational meetings. Get all Hillary supporters involved with the campaign.
HILLARY spoke at the conference call:
Hillary thanked the over 1000 people on that call.
(excerpts of remarks follow) Great to be on with you and thanks for taking time from your busy schedules. You’ve met some of the great people working for me. It has been a wonderful day.
I introduced the third part of my healthcare plan yesterday that will give us universal health care, with reduced cost and give better healthcare to everybody. We have got to do this for every single American. This is the result of years of effort. It is based on what works in our country. It is my highest domestic priority.
It is important we make the case to bring costs down and quality up. It’s exciting to be back fighting for healthcare. We are picking up support across the country. So much is at stake in the election. We want to speed the clock up because we are upset at what has happened the last 6 years.
I have been traveling all over with the emphasis on early states. I am very optimistic. I can’t do it without your help. We need thousands of people across the country.
On October 11 we will bring Team Hillary together. Bring your friends together. We will provide information. A grassroots movement. We will work for the important agenda items I have worked all my life for (speaks eloquently on issues). I am asking you to participate and we will make history together.
The Juggernaut Cometh.