For Barack Obama, John Edwards,
Lazio, Russert, Big Media, Matthews, and Dodd – a quote attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor:
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
This will prevent HILLARY SUPPORTERS like myself, from getting complacent in the final days of the campaign. Its one thing to support HILLARY. But I have to admit that there Hillary supporters like me who think “OH WELL, HILLARY will win no matter what I do, so there is no need in going the extra mile.” These attacks, personal in nature, will most assuredly mobilize people like me.
I think this debate was good to shake us all up – to know what we are up against. We are in the season of character assassination.
A national group that seeks to elect more Democratic women to political office plans a mid-November drive to bring more Iowa women to their neighborhood caucuses.
The group Emily’s List, which supports women who back abortion rights, will try to reach as many as 100,000 women who might support the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
Maren Helsa, the director of the group’s women’s vote program, said a Web site will be set up that will try to decrease anxiety among women who have not been to caucuses in the past and don’t know what to expect.
There will also be outreach through calls and advertising to Democratic women who have not historically attended caucuses, and a particular targeting of young female voters, those 17 and 18.
“If someone attacks a person you genuinely admire, you will not like that person,” said pollster Geoffrey Garin. “For the other candidates – the male candidates, frankly – it’s not a free shot, in terms of how this base of voters may react to that. I’m not sure that all of these women will take it as a neutral act, these kinds of attacks.”
To back up that point, another pollster behind the survey, Diane Feldman, pointed out that while women voters in the poll aren’t backing Clinton explicitly because of her gender, 58 percent of them see electing her as a way to change society’s perception of women in general.
“I think the attacks from the other candidates are both a risk to them and an opportunity for Sen. Clinton, because the image of her standing up to the attacks and moving forward unfazed when there are a dozen men attacking her or trying to gang up on her may well be enforcing the perception among Democratic women voters that electing a woman president would cause a change in attitude,” Feldman said. [snip]
EMILY’s List, which in years past has been a fundraising and organizing force for Democratic women running for Congress, released the survey as it stands on the verge of getting deeply involved in a presidential race for the first time. On Nov. 19, it will launch a Web site aimed at Democratic women in Iowa who do not normally attend the state’s caucuses, which are scheduled for Jan. 3. The goal is to get those women to participate and cast a vote for Clinton.
The effort may include sending paid staff to Iowa and, according to Maren Hesla, who is directing the program, it will feature extensive advertising. “It will be substantial and you won’t be able to escape it,” she said.
i am disgusted. Admin you are reading this dead right, the main prob here is that all the dimwits in the political media are now on a new script -well, not that new, since its about exactly the same as ten years ago – and in that time theres been not much change in their disgraceful behavior, these people have no sense of shame, responsibility or real brains.
But even better we now have a new crowd of stupid folk from our own “side” just helping them bash our leading candidate and give comfort and hope to the GOP.
Those fakes. Im done forever with Edwards and B arry. lets just be frank about these phonies. Rezko and hedge fund hypocrites. Fakes and poseurs. the level of hypocricy is enough to make one gag and rage. [snip]
Im just soo pissed -evgen though I knew this was coming….. russert, what a ass. NBC is our enemy folks – not Fox – be clear about this!
I’m under no illusions about what we face over the next two-plus months, and neither is her campaign.
All of the help from Emily’s List and AFSCME on the ground will help us here in Iowa. On the phones in the office tonight, a volunteer told me that a woman said her husband and she were for Edwards until they watched the Philly debate, and then they switched to Hillary 🙂 Iowa voters don’t appreciate these sorts of attacks, seriously.
Boy, is it going to frost the asses of the media pundits if the slugfest in Philly they had so hoped would turn the election ends up giving Clinton even more of a boost! These beltway pundits’ heads are going to explode.
You could kind of see it with Mathews tonight. I think, for the very first time, they are starting to get an inkling of something I’ve been saying all along (as has Mark Penn) — that women control this Presidential election. It’s hitting Mathews and his ilk right in the gut.
It was disgusting. The debate was a coordinated attack on Hillary, all the time. If I was Hillary I would have blown my top, but she is a cool customer. MSNBC should be ashamed for this fiasco.
It’s also good news for her in Iowa because in an Democratic family fight, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees endorsement is the single most sought-after nod in the state.
The union has over 16,000 members and represents 40,000 workers in Iowa. Add in the spouses, partners and other relatives and you’ve got thousands of votes who’ll be influenced by this decision.
In what’s expected to be a close caucus fight with John Edwards and Barack Obama, AFSCMEs endorsement could be what tips Iowa’s caucuses for Clinton.
She was cool, collected and smart under fire. What better words for a future president? The guys on the other hand looked like a bad championship wrestling team.
The thing the MSM doesn’t understand (or can’t bring themselves to believe) is that Clinton has a significant base of very strong, very committed support. The MSM doesn’t see it because is it’s not the beltway elites for the usual left-wingnut suspects.
I mean, seriously, what connections do the beltway pundits have to African American women or single mothers?
It’s almost like a “silent majority” kind of deal and the polls have been showing it all year.
…as Hillary supporters the time for complacency is over. We need to be vigil and active and do everything we can in our backyards to make her a success!!