Caucus Eve With Hillary Clinton

Christmas Eve we spent with Santa.

New Year’s Eve we spent with the Widow Clicquot.

Tonight, Caucus Eve, we’ll spend with Hillary Clinton.

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Hillary Clinton will be on the David Letterman show tonight.

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Our best wishes to all our friends and compatriots fighting for Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire (you other early states too).

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  1. why are we all so quiet tonight? im trying to make a playlist for some inspiring songs that remind me of Hillary. I always think of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” even though it’s corny haha.

  2. admin,

    i am so excited, win or lose in iowa, she’s on her way, and i have even heard republicans saying she is the best on our side…

    the black republican guy who ran in washington for senate, micheal somebody, said tonight on hannity and combs, that he thought hillary was the best dem running…

    tomorrow is an exciting day!

  3. This is my favorite “Hillary song”, because I did not realize how much the prospect of a woman president would mean to me. But I came to realize with wonder that it does – it means a lot.

    Suddenly I See, by KT Tunstall

    Her face is a map of the world
    Is a map of the world
    You can see she’s a beautiful girl
    She’s a beautiful girl
    Everything around her is a silver pool of light
    People who surround her feel the benefit of it
    It makes you calm
    She holds you captivated in her palm

    Suddenly I see
    This is what I wanna be
    Suddenly I see
    Why the hell it means so much to me
    (Repeat x1)

    And I feel like walking the world
    Like walking the world
    And you can hear she’s a beautiful girl
    She’s a beautiful girl
    She fills up every corner like she’s born in black and white
    Makes you feel warmer when you’re trying to remember
    What you heard
    She likes to leave you hanging on a word

    Suddenly I see
    This is what I wanna be
    Suddenly I see
    Why the hell it means so much to me

    And she’s taller than most
    And she’s looking at me
    I can see her eyes looking from a page in a magazine
    She makes me feel like I could be a tower
    Big strong tower
    She got the power to be
    The power to give
    The power to see yeah yeah

    Suddenly I see
    She got the power to be
    The power to give
    The power to see yeah yeah

    Suddenly I see
    This is what I wanna be
    Suddenly I see
    Why the hell it means so much to me

    Suddenly I see
    Why the hell it means so much to me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-At6avvY_4

  4. Says news at Yahoo!:

    Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also jumped into the late-night game, appearing via satellite from Iowa to introduce Letterman’s “Late Show” in a “cold opening” presented before the initial credits and Letterman’s monologue.

    “Dave has been off the air for eight long weeks because of the writers strike,” Clinton said, standing in front of campaign posters. “Tonight he’s back. Oh well, all good things must come to an end.”

    Good to have Hillary all over the US the night before Iowa. 🙂

  5. Nasty of CSPAN to make us sit thru John Edwards’ speech. God, he makes my skin crawl. If that bad-movie parody of a demogog is what the Democratic party decides to be, I want no part of it.

    What an ambulance chasing shyster.

  6. Short and sweet DemAC. With a 10 second “bit” at the very beginning our team in Iowa will be able to get some sleep tonight.

  7. OOO I love that song, HillaryforTexas.

    I think also “Umbrella” by Rihanna is a good Hill song, esp for the younger demographic:

    [VERSE 1]
    You have my heart
    And we’ll never be worlds apart
    May be in magazines
    But you’ll still be my star
    Baby cause in the dark
    You can’t see shiny cars
    And that’s when you need me there
    With you I’ll always share because

    [CHORUS]
    When the sun Shine
    We shine Together
    Told you I’ll be here Forever
    Said I’ll always be your friend
    Took an oath I’ma stick it out till the end
    Now that it’s raining more then ever
    Know that we’ll still have each other
    You can stand under my Umbrella
    You can stand under my Umbrella
    (Ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)

    [VERSE 2]
    These fancy things, will never come in between
    You’re part of my entity, Here for Infinity
    When the war has took it’s part
    When the world has dealt it’s cards
    If the hand is Hard, Together we’ll mend your heart
    Because

    [CHORUS]
    When the sun Shine
    We shine Together
    Told you I’ll be here Forever
    Said I’ll always be your friend
    Took an oath I’ma stick it out till the end
    Now that it’s raining more then ever
    Know that we’ll still have each other
    You can stand under my Umbrella
    You can stand under my Umbrella
    (Ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)

    [BRIDGE]
    You can run into my Arms
    It’s okay don’t be alarmed
    (Come into Me)
    (There’s no distance in between our love)
    So Go on and let the Rain pour
    I’ll be all you need and more
    Because

    [CHORUS]
    When the sun Shine
    We shine Together
    Told you i’ll be here Forever
    Said I’ll always be your friend
    So come on out and stick it till the end
    Now that it’s raining more then ever
    Know that we’ll still have each other
    You can stand under my Umbrella
    You can stand under my Umbrella
    (Ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)
    Under my umbrella
    (ella ella eh eh eh)

    It’s raining
    Ooh baby it’s Raining
    Baby come into me
    Come into me
    It’s Raining
    Oh baby it’s raining

  8. While waiting to see her introduce Letterman, I had to watch a Rudy G. ad that used 9/11 as his reason to elect him (yuck!). Nevertheless, I found the intro funny.

  9. Obama on NightLine lying again. Once again he’s claiming he’s the only Democrat that by poll beats all the Republican candidates.

    (TiVoed Dave)

  10. It seems Hillary had quite the crowd in Des Moines. Everyone appeared excited, and her closing words elicited a boisterous response from the crowd.

  11. cj:

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/02/clintons-late-night-rally-on-caucus-eve/

    After hundreds of rallies and speeches in Iowa since her first on Jan. 27, 2007, Hillary Rodham Clinton held her last big campaign event at the Historical Society building here, urging voters to “pick a president” when they gather for the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses Thursday evening.

    Drawing a few thousand hardy supporters on a freezing winter’s night, Mrs. Clinton pledged to fight for universal health insurance, alternative energy programs, new jobs and economic assistance for working and middle class voters and the withdrawal of troops in Iraq – the main planks of her presidential campaign.

    The crowd applauded and hooted steadily as Mrs. Clinton spoke in a clear voice, despite a 13-hour day of campaigning. If her supporters were not exploding with exuberance, they greeted her remarks with warmth and excitement even so, and looked ready to help activate a carefully planned get-out-the-vote operation Thursday afternoon to escort, drive and urge thousands of voters to caucus precincts.

    “This is the last event in a wonderful long campaign that started out with a level of intensity that I have never experienced before, and has only gotten more so, because America needs to pick a president that makes the changes we all know we have to have,” Mrs. Clinton said.

    “The process of picking a president starts in Iowa tomorrow night,” she continued. “I hope that as you go into the caucuses, you will be thinking about the most important question of them all – who can be the best president of America at this time” – here shouts of “You!” erupted – “to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that await us again.”

    Both Mrs. Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, who introduced her, also made explicit appeals to voters to elect Mrs. Clinton as the first female president, something they did early on in the campaign but have been careful not to overdo in recent weeks.

    I think it’d be a great thing if we had the first woman president,” Mr. Clinton said, recalling with evident pride the struggles of his “working grandmother” and his “wonderful mother-in-law.”

    As for Mrs. Clinton, she made the point with a lighter touch in her concluding remarks.

    “Together, we will restore pride and progress in America,” she said, “and yes, together we will make history.”

  12. you guys glad mccain went there…do u think he’ll take bho votes..oh theres my sen john thune..he is a nice guy..hes a farm boy

  13. “Together, we will restore pride and progress in America,” she said, “and yes, together we will make history.”

    thanks admin..and they defenitely seen that tonight..yippeee…i get so excited when i see her huged crowds..and they know its important ot pick the right one and thats HILLARY…

  14. What question CJ?

    The video at the Times has some of the Obama plans (have your contingent near the door). The Hillary team probably has the same strategies along with a food table which should bring attendees to the Hillary area by aroma alone.

  15. The Hillary team probably has the same strategies along with a food table which should bring attendees to the Hillary area by aroma alone.

  16. The Hillary team probably has the same strategies along with a food table which should bring attendees to the Hillary area by aroma alone.

    Can’t believe after months and months of campaigning and being flooded all the debates, commercials, media coverage that some people are going to step into the precinct and caucus based on who’s got the best food at the table. 🙂

  17. ra1029 ,
    Who knows? Emjay’s could be those deciding sandwiches that swing the entire caucus for Hillary. 🙂

  18. Thanx DemAC and ra1029,

    after tea (Earl Grey) some cheese and crackers, and finished with a good bourbon on 4 ice cubes, it’s the sweet, sweet bed that’s calling me. I will go back to work tomorrow.

    Nighty nite.

  19. The one interesting tidbit in that NYTimes piece was when that woman said there were still alot of undecideds.

  20. Chase Martyn at Iowa Indy says Richardson is going to direct his supporters to BHO.

    “Richardson would prefer an Obama victory over Clinton because a Clinton victory could end the campaign before New Hampshire voters even head to the polls. And if Edwards’s numbers look weak, Richardson could head to New Hampshire as the best alternative to the top two contenders for the Democratic nomination.”

    http://www.iowaindependent.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1782

    A–hole!

  21. Dana Milbank in today’s WaPo writes from BHO event at Coralville, Iowa:

    But at the student sign-in table outside the ballroom — “Be awesome: Caucus for Obama!!!” urged the handwritten sign — the numbers gave less cause for enthusiasm. Eighty-one students signed a list proclaiming themselves uncertain about caucusing or ineligible to vote. And how many filled out cards promising to attend Thursday’s caucuses? A grand total of — drumroll, please — nine.

    On Thursday night, America will finally have an answer to the question: Is Obama another Howard Dean, or can he win the nomination? Like Dean, he has challenged the Democratic establishment with a coalition of students and political independents. His candidacy, like Dean’s, will collapse if they don’t show up.

    It is, in other words, a battle between the passion and the machine, between Hillary Clinton’s establishment support and the superior enthusiasm of Obama’s supporters.

    [snip]

    History favors the establishment’s machine over the insurgent’s passion: Al Gore over Bill Bradley, John Kerry over Dean, George W. Bush over John McCain. In 2008, that would mean Clinton over Obama.

    [snip]

    The candidate took the stage to rock music, and Obamania quickly enveloped the crowd, perhaps half under 30.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/02/AR2008010203372.html

  22. If HRC is going to lose, it is best to lose under the auspices of 1.) imported voters, and 2.) a gaming of the system. That’s quite a narrative going into NH. New Hampsherites (is that it?) don’t like to be told what to do (and say that over and over everyone). How many Repugs from Iowa would sign a gay civil unions bill into law. Add to that narrative, Hill can get a ton of voters out and create a website of all the women (of all ages) that showed up for her. She will probably win among Dems too! That should definitely be celebrated as BHO will be vetted before Feb. 5th and Dems might just start acting like Dems again (i.e., want a Dem as their nominee).

    I also think this is stupid for the more experienced candidates and don’t see what this gets them. If BHO wins, it doesn’t change the narrative of the election at all. It will still be change vs. experience. For them to do well, that narrative needs to be killed, Richardson especially. If I were Richardson, I’d throw my support to Hillary. This damages both BHO and Edwards and then allows Richardson to craft a narrative that voters are increasingly choosing experience. Then, he could take on Hill via his experience vs. hers, go after her in the next debate, and play up his Latino roots for a run in Nevada. There will be no shortage of places for him to go on TV to take on Hillary. It doesn’t make sense why he would send to BHO, but he has so far proved to be inept.

    Hopefully as Dodd said, Iowa voters may find this irritating.

  23. B. Merryfield,

    So far there have been rumors regarding Biden, Richardson, and just about everyone else giving Obama their 2nd choice votes. This is all bull. Campaign officials from the respective camps have refuted these stories. Chase Martyn almost immediately backtracked on his alleged story the second it was challenged (read the comments). It sounds more like there was no story and Chase Martyn made the whole thing up.

    The Chase Martyn theory does not even hold up as simple political logic – Richardson preferring an Obama win. If anything Richardson would rather weaken Obama so that he (Richardson) would have a chance when the race gets to the southwest. Chase is just carrying Obama’s water.

    All the campaigns will do what is good for themselves. But the campaigns are not going to shoot themselves in the foot.

    Let’s not pass along rumors that help Obama (and there will be many rumors to refute today as the day wears along).

  24. Thanx B Merryfield, read Milbank in WaPo too. All Obama’s toddlers convey the feeling of “Howard Dean: Redux”. How are they going to get all these kids out in the snow all over the state tonight? Kids are all fun and cute until the chips are down. Perhaps after all there is a strong possibility that camp Obama is more gas and bluster than organization. If so the anointed One ends tonight with a big disappointing “pooof”.

  25. Not a problem B. Merryfield. We are just being very cautious. There will be a lot of campaign people and media checking in all day today for very short time periods. All rumors, especially the most spectacular, will be circulated rapidly.

    We want to be able to get rumors and quash them quickly. We don’t want false rumors to be read on the fly by someone in Iowa then the rumor gets circulated and our campaign people get discouraged in Iowa. It’s going to be a tension filled day for our Iowa people and some, operating without much sleep, need us to do critical thinking and rumor quashing for them.

    If a rumor is circulating we should get it and debunk it quickly. That is a service we can all perform for those in the field tomorrow.

    The Milbank story will calm some of our more nervous compatriots who believe in Obama strength. 9 sign-ups is funny, not frightening.

    There is another danger to watch out for – the entrance polls. Big Media might try to spin entrance poll results as a Hillary defeat and not bother with the actual count. This might turn into a big problem today. The Russerts of Big Media (Matthews for instance) will use any excuse today to try and demoralize Hillary supporters. We will have a lot of work to do today on rumor patrol and Big Media spin control.

  26. B Merryfield:

    Do you actually know what JRE did heading that poverty center?

    It has been my experience that most academic centers (as this is http://www.law.unc.edu/centers/poverty/publications.aspx) are ways to funnel money to researchers’ independent projects. Once in a while people will throw up a ppt show and maybe post that on the web. Most of the papers would have been written anyhow, but researchers will find a way to fit with the center if they can get funding.

    I haven’t found any scholarly work put out by JRE, so?!

  27. Admin:

    “If a rumor is circulating we should get it and debunk it quickly. That is a service we can all perform for those in the field tomorrow.”

    via the blogs and the Websites that we normally chat on is the implication admin?

  28. And, whoever this jcjcd on Youtube that made the first video admin post included the most brilliant phrase I have heard all campaign on that video: “let’s vote to win.” Who coined that?

  29. DemAC, Milbank was interesting.

    Kentucky_mkt, that’s not something I know anything about. However, when I tried to find something (online at least) written by BHO, I didn’t find anything.

    admin, re entrance polls, in the short time last night that I braved watching Stewie it was Nora O’Donnell who said she was going to be reporting entrance polls for MSNBC.

    Oh, and for that really stupid (vapid) exchange between Stewie and Trippi and Wolfson over BHO’s claim to having invented “kick the tires”, it just shows what total blithering idiots they are. The phrase, as most should know, comes from used car salesmen lingo .. just like “lookie-lou”, which all these BHO younger-than-yesterday’s-bread alleged “youth voters” are. Stewie needs to get out more (or lie less).

  30. Yes, Kentucky_mkt.

    We’ll probably post a “rumor” warning in the article we will post before dawn. It might turn into a rumor filled day and we can do our part to circulate refutations quickly.

    As we wrote earlier, campaign workers with only seconds to spare on the internets might get to read a rumor and not the refutation and either get discouraged or pass the rumor along discouraging others. We can stop rumors and keep Big Media spin from getting out of control.

    We can refute rumors collectively and quickly here. We can also circulate the refutations very quickly due to our prolific commentors.

    A rumor/lie might travel faster than the truth, but we can respond fairly quickly too.

  31. Just found this great post by Masslib:

    “Hillary Clinton has the same plan as John Edwards without the cumbersome ‘regional markets’. She’s the only candidate who has ever worked to pass UHC, and the only one who has ever successfully helped pass an expansion in federally funded health coverage(SCHIP, the single largest expansion in federally funded health coverage since Medicare). Further, she was the driving force behind the current SCHIP expansion. She passed a bill with Lindsay Graham to grant access to health coverage to military families. She has a record, not just a plan. Further, she’s a health policy expert. If you look at the details of what Hillary is proposing it’s similar to national systems in OECD countries, which by the way she directly cites as having better, less expensive health care because they don’t pay private insurers who spend the money on marketing and profits. Further, she contends that costs should be capped at a certain percent of income. I trust absolutely no one more than Hillary on the health care issue.”

  32. admin:

    The recurring theme of the entire campaign so far is that the Georgetown Social Club reprints stories written by the Obama campaign and e-mailed to them over the wi-fi connections in the hotel bars.

    BTW, Mathews was classic tonight. Discussing Hillary’s 2 minute closer ad, Matthews said that was the warm, engaging woman that he’s known for years. And, then asks his panel if “that’s the real Hillary or if it’s just an act” to hide the calculating shrew? WTF.

  33. Let us not forget that it was Chase Martyn who had the unmitigated gall to accuse Hillary Clinton of packing an event the same weekend as the JJ Day dinner with supporters. Remember, it was the black and brown forum. The one where every person on stage asking a question had been bussed in from frickin’ Chicago.

    Chase Martyn is just another butt kisser.

  34. Jane Hamsher, on the ground in Iowa, writes at Firedoglake:

    “Clinton’s also running a very effective radio ad right now of an older woman saying “I was born before women had the right to vote, and before I die I want to see a woman in the White House.” It’s very emotional and a direct plea to the kinds of people who are going to show up and carry a lot of weight in an open, community decision making process.

    “Candidates need people who can show up and argue persuasively for them in a community situation. If the person who grants you your bank loan, who sits on the city council, who employs your kid at the local hardware store is saying one thing and a bunch of impassioned teenagers are arguing another, after eyeballing their respective crowds I’d have to give the advantage to Clinton.”

  35. It’s been disgusting hwc.

    What has been more sickening is how supposed “liberal” blogs joined in the Big Media trashing of Hillary (lifting their droopy eyelids only last night). When Kos joined in the Big Media waitress tip crap and more recently, grabbed stories from DrudgeReport (the wrong date caucus story) the very short age of Big Blogs ended.

    The Big Blogs and allies have lost the right to complain about Big Media and their slanted coverage of issues and elections. The Big Blogs have become just as bad as Big Media – the only difference being that kos and company don’t know how to use finger bowls.

  36. LOL BMerryfield, we can just picture the incense burners at a caucus talking to farmers about “the light”. Maybe they will start chanting, hopping on one foot, and playing finger cymbals (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

  37. absolutely, admin. I think that it’s a wonderful concept to “train” “youth voters” in mock caucuses how to go and plead your candidate’s case. However, what I cannot see is a bunch of teenagers and young college students — even 20-somethings — walking into a caucus and trying to persuade more mature Iowans to vote for “hope”. Are there enough New Age era Iowans to buy into BHO’s looking into “the light”? We may be called “crunchy granolas” here in NH, but I don’t know too many who’d buy into that line of BS.

  38. and what will happen if bo rtries to flood the caucuses with indies and gopers? this si after all the sem caucus. pct folks will know who is who and not be thrilled. i just wonder if a backlash may take place as dems face non dems in tryign to take over their own caucuses!

  39. In case you missed it….

    Here’s Hillary’s NBC TODAY show interview from yesterday morning with Meredith Viera. Hillary gets emotional near the end when asked why she wants to be President. Her passion for public service really comes through.

    Part 1

    VIDEO: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/#22470406

    Part 2 (Web exclusive)

    VIDEO: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22469422#22469422

    Viera: “While her critics assail Clinton as overly calculating, up close the Senator and former First Lady is natural, confident and warm”

    * Admin maybe can upload it to YouTube add it to your next post.

    Good vibes to Hillary and the team! 🙂

  40. Stewie is not alone in the “men-scared-shitless” department. egalia at TN Guerilla Women writes:

    Michael Saul and Michael McAuliff at the New York Daily News “charge that baby-sitters are ‘Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon’ and ‘Clinton is going to the extremes.'” …

    “It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency relies primarily on the support of women. The Iowa caucus is a tradition passed down from nearly two centuries ago when the only folks who mattered in this ‘democracy’ were elite white men who had wives to watch the children. In the year 2008, women continue the tradition of being the primary caretakers of children. In other words, untold numbers of men enjoy the privilege of participating in the Iowa caucus because they have wives to watch their children.

    “In fact, a political system that was designed around the lives of men and thus puts women at a disadvantage is the ‘secret weapon’ of all male candidates. Like a man in the White House, some traditions seem to go on forever.” …

    “Since a woman president would owe her victory to women, who knows what long-overdue women- or family-centered policies might emerge? Equal pay? Universal childcare? Social security credits for stay-at-home moms? Paid maternity/paternity leave? The best hope of winning any of the women-friendly or family-supportive policies that so very many European women and families take for granted lies with getting a Madame President into the White House.

    http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2008/01/hillary-provides-baby-sitters-for.html

  41. First the weather report: it’s TWO DEGREES here.

    Turkana at The Left Coaster writes:

    1) Senator Clinton, Senator Edwards, or Senator Obama will win.

    2) Senator Clinton, Senator Edwards, or Senator Obama will come in third.

    3) The second-choice votes of the supporters of Senator Biden and Governor Richardson will determine the final results.

    4) Because of #3, the entrance polls and the final results may have different winners.

    5) If #4 is true, the supporters of the winner of the entrance polls will claim a silver lining victory, as their candidate was the first-choice of a plurality of caucus-goers.

    6) The corporate media will make a really big deal out of the results.

    7) Because of #6, the winner of the caucuses will gain a big bump, heading to New Hampshire.

    8) Because of #3-#7, the Iowa caucuses will again prove that our nomination system is a farce.

    9) Senator Mike Gravel will not receive much attention, tomorrow night.

    10) The winner of the Republican caucuses will not become our next president. Nor will any of the Republican losers.

    http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/011638.php

  42. Great find: http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2008/01/hillary-provides-baby-sitters-for.html

    Dick Morris has consistenly said that Hillary will win because Republican women will cross over. DM is an ass, but he is correct on this issue. I have heard this over and over from Republican women in a red state. This is why:

    “The best hope of winning any of the women-friendly or family-supportive policies that so very many European women and families take for granted lies with getting a Madame President into the White House.”

    Thanks for bringing our attention to the insightful post BM!!!!

    Vote to win!

  43. just wanted to wish all our hard working folks in iowa the best..we love you guys!

    for me, i’m heading underground till tuesday night. it’s going to be a long weekend here in NH. see all of you january 8, 2008. wish us luck!

  44. good morning hillfans, hoping hillary does well tonite. whatever happens hillary will go on to nh and all the way to the convention as a winner.

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