A while back we linked to an hysterically funny blog post from an Obama supporter who attended an Obama fundraiser and left… well, disenchanted might be the polite word. Now that blogger, Dawn Summers, is back after attending a Hillary fundraiser. Dawn left the Hillary fundraiser with the following impression:
She [Hillary] laid out plans for college assistance programs, but also for apprenticeships for young people who don’t want to go or can’t go to college. She laid out her plans for universal health care and universal kindergarten.
It was a great speech and she had the audience with her the whole way.
I was so impressed that I actually felt sorry for the other Democrats in the primary. I haven’t been watching the debates, but dude, she is going to eat them alive and crap them out the next morning.
The night ended with a thunderous standing ovation and I left energized and planning to volunteer.
And then I remembered that I was a lazy slacker, so that probably wouldn’t happen — but hey, you all should get on board now.
She is our best chance for taking the White House next year. I mean in 2009. Stupid Geroge Bush presidency till 2009.
Keep on writing, and making us laugh, Dawn.
Dawn’s sunny view of Hillary is echoed by U.S. News And World Report in their analysis Does Clinton Have It Wrapped Up?.
Democratic strategists say presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards need to begin drawing sharper distinctions between themselves and front-runner Hillary Clinton—or the Democratic race will slip away from them permanently. [snip]
Clinton almost always stays on course and talks about what she wants, without being drawn into arguments that are to her disadvantage.
“The other candidates have to figure out a way to change the basic dynamic of this race—which is that Clinton seems to be the inevitable nominee,” the insider says, “and find a way to drive a wedge between her and the Democratic Party, and they haven’t done that.”
Clinton has a strong lead nationally in the Democratic race and is doing well enough in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire that she could sweep the table early on, then move into the big multiprimary day of February 5 with unstoppable momentum.
Meanwhile the New York Times took note of Barack Obama’s absence from last night’s AARP debate. Wait until those millions of AARP magazines – with pictures of Hillary as the sole Democratic candidate to attend the AARP convention – and pictures of last night’s attendees at the AARP debate – hit the mailboxes of those millions of voters (64% of Iowa caucus voters in 2004) – and the missing Senator’s picture is … missing.
Senator Barack Obama is skipping tonight’s televised forum in Iowa for the Democratic presidential candidates but he might be putting himself at risk with an important voting bloc.
The event is being co-sponsored by AARP. And as it happens, people over 50 — AARP’s membership — made up more than half of the voters in 2004 in the Iowa caucuses.
The New York Times in their main article about the AARP debate quoted an unhappy audience member:
Still, some members of the audience seemed miffed by Mr. Obama’s absence. Tom Gizicki, a scientist from nearby Bettendorf, said: “It’s going to turn a lot of people off. Voters want to know what he’s all about, and when I hear him speak, he says the same thing over and over again. We want to know more than that.”
It all sounds about right.