The job now is to win Indiana and North Carolina. That simple.
Victory in those states was the aim before Ohio and Texas voted. Victory in that state was the aim before Pennsylvania voted. All else is a distraction. Indiana and North Carolina. That simple.
How do we win Indidana and North Carolina?
To win Indiana and North Carolina, understand what happened in Pennsylvania. Most analysts don’t understand how important the lessons out of Pennsylvania are and how the Pennsylvania results impact the strategy to winning the nomination. We do – think Nevada.
In the comments early yesterday evening an important memorandum was posted. The memo was written by Obama delegate Dan Wofford. Wofford describes the Obama humiliating loss in Pennsylvania. The reasons for Obama’s humiliating loss in Pennsylvania will lead to further humiliating losses. Why Wofford believes Obama lost is something we agree with:
If someone in SF asks you about those “strange rural people in PA”…don’t indulge their liberal, latte drinking bull shit…Just tell them if they want to understand rural and ethnic PA that they should get in the Prius’s and drive down to Bakersfield or any of the other mid state towns in California where there are people who actually lead ordinary lives and care about God and own guns…. [snip]
Bittergate hurt a lot — bc is slowed down and then with the poor debate performance stopped what was truly real closing momentum. [snip]
… we’ve just got to find a way to reach seniors…. [snip]
Working class PA folks, esp those over 45, don’t trust Obama…this is a problem and other than getting them to meet Obama retail style…don’t know how we solve it, unless we can get him to do a quick tour of duty in Iraq…
Losing the Catholic and Jewish vote
Note that Wofford admits what Obama supporters do not admit in public – Obama’s condescending “bitter” remarks hurt a great deal and Obama badly lost the Philadelphia debate.
The obvious – seniors, Catholics and Jewish voters will not vote for Obama.
The important – working class white voters do not trust Obama and there is no pratical solution to the problem: Working class PA folks, esp those over 45, don’t trust Obama…this is a problem and other than getting them to meet Obama retail style…don’t know how we solve it, unless we can get him to do a quick tour of duty in Iraq.
The lack of trust by the working class whites (along with Catholics and Jews) means that as these groups abandon Obama, the Obama campaign has become the McGovern Campaign, which lost 49 states in the 1972 general election. [More on this in Barack Obama Destroys the Democratic Party.]
Hillary now has the key to victory after victory. Pennsylvania showed that Hillary will get white working class voters – necessary to a win in the general election. Meanwhile Obama’s campaign shrinks to a losing coalition.
The losing Obama coalition can be summed up in one word: Arugula. The upcoming Newsweek magazine has a cover story regarding Obama’s problems reaching – necessary to win – working class white voters. The Newsweek cover will feature a big stalk of Arugula (the unfortunate vegetable, Arugula, is now the symbol of Obama elitism).
“For now, though, the arugula factor—shorthand for the impression that Obama is out of touch with common voters — is a real one as the Illinois senator struggles to show that he can win the kinds of white working-class voters both parties need to triumph in November. … As Evan Thomas, Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey write, the McCain campaign is no longer frightened by the prospect of a general election against Obama.”
The Obama problem with non-elites is longstanding. Back in August 2007 Newsweek wrote Fighting The Arugula Factor:
Obama’s “arugula moment” was silly, but the underlying concern about his candidacy is not. For the past 40 years, Democratic nominating contests have pitted “wine track” candidates (backed by young, well-off, college-educated elites) against “beer track” opponents (who cultivate a less-educated coalition of minorities and blue-collar workers). The 2008 contest is no exception. According to the latest Cook Political Report survey, Hillary Clinton polls 12 points higher among voters who haven’t graduated from college than those who have; Obama’s numbers are reversed. His problem: only 34 percent of likely Democratic primary voters have college degrees. “If you don’t develop a solid base among downscale Dems, it’s very hard to get the nomination,” says demographer Ruy Teixeira. Unless Obama gets off the wine track, he could end up the latest in a long line of brainy, reformist also-rans like Gary Hart, Paul Tsongas and Bill Bradley.
Obama fights to prevent becoming a vegetable.
Hillary works for votes.
U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton received a rock star welcome from a gymnasium of supporters Friday night as she made her third swing through the region in four weeks.
Talking about issues like foreign currency manipulation and universal health insurance, the New York Democrat was interrupted several times by chants of adoration from supporters.
“I will remember this night in this gymnasium in East Chicago, Indiana,” Clinton told the crowd of more than 3,000 at East Chicago Central High. “And we will look back at this night and say, this is where it began.”
She was just three days removed from her ten-point victory in Pennsylvania’s primary over U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, her opponent for the democratic party’s nomination for the presidency.
Bill Clinton works for votes.
Bill Clinton wants to do more, even with all he is already doing, to elect Hillary.
Mr. Clinton also told the campaign to double the number of his daily appearances. ‘Look at this schedule — you’ve got me down for four events,’ he said the week before Pennsylvania’s primary, according to one operative. ‘Give me six, eight a day. Get me to the suburbs where I can make a difference.’ ”
Like Bill Clinton, let’s work for votes – for Hillary.
PHONE CALLS to Indiana and other states.
DONATE or convince friends and family members to DONATE.
There are superdelegates to contact too (dot48 and others in the comments are leading on this).
Berkeley Vox has an excellent “to do” list.
Hillary offices in North Carolina:
North Carolina, State Headquarters
516 N. West Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
6400 Fairview Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210
925 S. College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403
Rocky Mount Headquarters
2635 Sunset Ave
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
704 Brookstown Ave
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
732 Court St
Jacksonville, NC 28540
412 W. Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
16 NE Court Sq
Graham, NC 27253
2502 South Charles St
Greenville, NC 27858
24 Arlington St
Asheville, NC 28801
231 Franklin Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301