The Iowa caucuses are on January 3, 2008. Unless New Hampshire moves its own primary to sometime in December 2007, Iowa will be the first contest for the Democratic nomination.
Many non-Iowans are frustrated at what appears to be a tight contest in Iowa. Many wish Iowans would make a decisive shift for one candidate or another. The only ones who do not want a clear victor right now, are – Iowans. Iowans know they have more than 40 days in which to decide on the candidate they will support. Why should they rush?
Iowans will take their time quite simply because they have the time. Any lawyer who has waited until the last minute to finalize a brief, any student waiting until the last minute to finish a term paper, any holiday shopper procrastinating until the very last minutes to buy those gifts should know why Iowans will decide when Iowans decide to decide. Besides, Iowans wisely know that as long as the race is close, Iowa benefits.
Many dollars will be spent in Iowa. Iowa hotels, Iowa waitresses, Iowa car services, Iowa gas stations, Iowa sign makers, Iowa restaurants, Iowa newspapers and Iowa television stations will all make a lot of money as long as Iowans appear to dither. But Iowans are not dithering. Iowans are enjoying their role as major decisions makers. The other 49 states can complain, the campaigns may be frustrated, candidate supporters may be jumpy and tense. But for this election cycle once again, Iowans are taking their sweet time looking at the merchandise over and over and over again. The more frustrated the salesman gets, the happier the Iowan. It’s a buyers market.
Hillary supporters in Iowa are working harder as the weather gets colder. For months Hillary has been in the lead in Iowa but Hillary is not resting. No whining from the hard working campaign in Iowa. The climate for a Hillary victory therefore is getting warmer.
EMILY’s List and AFSCME are just now beginning their efforts in Iowa on behalf of Hillary. Our allies are on the march. Today the New York Times writes about the rising Hillary efforts in Iowa:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has nearly doubled the size of her staff in Iowa and has substantially increased her advertising here as her campaign reinforces its effort to prevent Democrats from coalescing around a single alternative to her candidacy. [snip]
Seldom will a day go by, aides said, when either she or former President Bill Clinton will not be on some patch of Iowa soil trying to solidify her support and win over an unusually high number of uncommitted voters.
“We’re going to begin using all the assets we have,” said Tom Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa who serves as co-chairman of the Clinton campaign. “We haven’t been bashful about asking for the moon here.” [snip]
The maneuvering here is critical, because Mrs. Clinton’s aides, along with many Democrats not associated with her campaign, believe that her momentum will be difficult to slow if she wins in Iowa; polls suggest that she is strong in New Hampshire. The Clinton campaign has been flying in operatives from across the country to bolster the Iowa effort. [snip]
While the Obama and Edwards campaigns have been gradually building for months toward this moment, the Clinton campaign has bolstered its activity here in recent weeks, hiring 100 new workers to concentrate on a person-to-person drive to explain the quirky process of the caucuses, with a goal of having 50,000 in-home visits by Christmas.
More than 60 percent of those who have identified themselves as Clinton supporters, senior strategists say, have never participated in the Iowa caucuses. It is a far higher share than the campaign had been anticipating, which suggests that many of the reliable rank-and-file Democrats have chosen another candidate. So the Clinton campaign is working to expand its universe of supporters to women who have never participated.
“No one is going to give Hillary Clinton this nomination,” said Terry McAuliffe, the national chairman of her campaign, who has traveled to Iowa nearly once a week for months. “She’s going to have to earn it.”
By this week, the Clinton campaign had completed opening 34 offices across the state, arriving in many cities more than two months behind the local operatives for Mr. Obama or Mr. Edwards. Last week, the Clinton campaign’s national headquarters sent a top communications operative to Iowa and hired eight deputies charged solely with drumming up media coverage in smaller cities across the state.
The campaign also began running radio advertisements and significantly increased its television commercials, spending $360,000 last week compared with $260,000 two weeks ago.
Get it? Time to Work – Not Whine. Let’s support all the hard working Hillary supporters, like our own Celiff, working hard in cold, buyer’s market, Iowa.
Let’s also support the hard working Hillary Team. They know what is going on. The Hillary Team knows all about the attempted smears coming out of the Obama and Edwards campaigns. The Obama and Edwards campaign are running a Ripublican talking points campaign against Hillary. But the Hillary Team is not whining – they fight back with the facts:
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Protect the Iowa Caucuses
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Celiff sounded the alarm on in the early morning hours of October 4, 2007. Senator Chris Dodd wrote a statement for Democratic candidates to take a Pledge on November 11, 2007. Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Joe Biden were the first to take the Pledge. The other candidates (except Bill Richardson) took the Pledge.
Good that all candidates have taken the Pledge. But let’s have some verification procedures for caucus night.
From The Hotline quoting Senator Dodd’s Iowa State Director Julie Andreeff Jensen:
Dodd IA dir. Julie Andreeff Jensen sent a 11/8 letter to the IA dirs. of the other ’08 Dem camps, calling for each “to sign a pledge stating that none of their staff or volunteers who have come from out-of-state to work” in IA “will attempt to caucus or be counted as a caucus-goer” on 1/3/08.
Andreeff Jensen, in the letter: “I’m sure we can all agree that the Iowa caucuses are unique and belong to the people of Iowa. As staff, we are fortunate to be a part of the process but should not interfere with the process itself. Therefore, I ask that each of you sign this pledge in good faith on behalf of your campaign to preserve the integrity of the Iowa caucus process and to ensure that caucus night truly reflects the decisions made by Iowans and not people from out-of-state” (release, 11/8).
Why do we need proactive steps to protect the Iowa Caucuses?
At the recent Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Iowa there were so many Chicagoans bused in by the Obama campaign that Senator Biden greeted them by saying “Hello Chicago”. Reportedly thousands of Obama supporters were imported to Iowa that night. The Iowa caucuses should not be outsourced to Chicago politics.
Celiff, a 19 year old college student in Iowa, alerted us on October 4. Celiff noted the 3 day registration period for the Iowa caucuses and informed us the Obama campaign will be busing in non-Iowa supporters – 3 day’s before the caucuses!
Oct 15, 10:43 PM: We just had our first students-for meeting, and we have an energized crew of youngins. I told them about the Big Pink, and also told them that Edwards’s national campaign IS Iowa, and Obama is going to bus in kids from Chicago 3 days before the caucuses (which may backfire because the caucuses are going to be moving to the 3rd, which would put the day of departure on New Year’s Eve; kids are partyin’ on New Year’s Eve), so we have to get native Iowans to actually go out and caucus, because the other “candidates” have no chance in the general (I can’t believe, according to a map I saw posted from Hillaryhub, that Edwards loses us New York in the general!). I told them about the fundraising, the latest polls, the latest endorsements, and Joe Wilson will be here in IC on Wednesday on behalf of Hillary (: I think we are going to dominate this caucus.
Those who caucus in Iowa should have their process respected. The campaigns of all the Democratic candidates should take affirmative steps to make sure the Iowa caucuses are respected.
Pledges are fine. Affirmative steps will be needed to protect the Iowa caucuses. As Obama hero Ronald Reagan used to say about the Soviet Union: Trust but verify.
Oct 29, 5:57 PM — I don’t remember this being a problem, but with a top tier candidate with plenty of resources right next door in Illinois, I am a little worried.
Desperate campaigns do desperate things. The Chicago campaign is desperate. Let’s get some proactive procedures to preserve the integrity of the Iowa caucuses.