Of Loans, Fundraising, Targets and Falling Short

The media and the blogosphere was a flutter on Wednesday about Hillary Clinton loaning her campaign $5 million.

At her news conference this afternoon, Senator Clinton acknowledged the loan, saying: “I loaned the campaign $5 million from my money. That’s where I got the money. I did it because I believe very strongly in this campaign, and we had a great month fund-raising in January, broke all our records, but my opponent was able to raise more money and we intended to be competitive – and we were – and I think the results last night proved the wisdom of my investment.”  

While everyone is hyperventilating over this, I see how soon they forgot that ’04 John Kerry also loaned his campaign a few million to stay afloat. I have no doubt, also if push came to shove IF Barack Obama was in the same position he would do the same damn thing. So the gloating from the Obama camp is really in poor taste in my opinion.

The Clinton campaign launched a fundraising effort on Wednesday and word from Taylor Marsh is that they have already outraised their goal of $3 million in 3 days. So, let’s do our part here at The Dem Daily, where I know we have plenty of Hillary supporters reading and let’s:


There is not a lock on this race or the nomination and nothing is certain at this point. The Obama campaign maybe making “inroads,” but as the N.Y. Times points (h/t to TalkLeft) out the “fervor fell short” at the end of Super Tuesday:

one of the most intriguing finding in the surveys of voters leaving the polls across the nation on Tuesday was when they arrived at their final decision. Throughout a week when Mr. Obama was campaigning with members of the Kennedy family, when there was a sense that he was creating a movement that cut across racial and generational lines, there was a steady movement of Democrats toward Mr. Obama, the survey suggested. But those who reported making their decision on the last day bucked the trend, tending to vote for Mrs. Clinton, of New York.

Here’s the difference and the bottom line (emphasis mine):

The Obama Democratic Party is made up of younger voters (under 44), blacks, white men (to a more limited extent) and independents whose show of support accounted for his victories in states like Missouri. Their level of enthusiasm for Mr. Obama — their excitement about the possibility of an Obama White House — is palpable in their response to him, or in any conversation.

The Clinton Democratic Party is the party of women, older voters, Hispanics and also some white men. A Clinton rally may not have the energy of a rock concert the way an Obama rally does. Yet the older women who have embraced Mrs. Clinton as the culmination of years of hope and other core supporters are no less passionate in their intensity and devotion.

If there is a difference between these two parties, it is that Clinton Democratic voters tend to have a history of being more likely to vote, particularly compared with younger voters and, as was the case this week, black voters. That in part might account for the enthusiasm fall-off between the campaign trail and the voting booth that Mr. Obama has to deal with.

“There’s no question that he has tapped into something,” said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat whose endorsement and appearances with Mr. Obama added to the Obama frenzy. “I don’t think there’s any question that it’s a phenomenon and it is broadening. But I’m mindful that crowds don’t always turn into votes.”

I think there is a lot to be said for the analysis above. Hillary Clinton appears to be turning out a sector of reliable voters, while the Obama camp is about a “movement” that many see as more hype than substance. Voters want more than the Club Med appeal to “Join” with the catchy slogan and music. After 7 years of BushCo it’s about the issues. And Obama talks more about the “movement” than the things reliable and tested voters want to hear about and vote on.

And yes, there’s plenty of passion in the hearts and minds of the folks I have met and talked with who are supporting Hillary. For many, I think they joined long before the Obama “movement” started. I have to wonder in spite of all of this why the Obama camp is running around making predictions, rather than, as I said below, keeping their powder dry. This race ain’t over yet…

Wednesday’s Gallup National showed Clinton up with a substantial lead over Obama yet again, showing that she may not need to be as worried as predicted by some.


Stay tuned… We’re bracing for a “drawn-out campaign.”

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3 Responses to Of Loans, Fundraising, Targets and Falling Short

  1. J. Diamond says:

    The cable news networks are going into full panic over the fact that Hillary loaned her campaign some extra cash eventhough she just raised $13.5 million in january (has John McCain ever raised half that amount in a single month?)

    Who would have ever guessed that Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, and Morning Joe would be the best fundraisers that Hillary ever had? Just watch her fundraising bonanza rise. If you are a Hillary supporter like me, then you should donate. Yesterday I doubled the contribution that I made to her campaign on the day after NH.

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  3. Let Freedom Ring says:

    Fellow American Voters (and Michigan and Florida voters who are apparently denied that right) Barack Obama’s theme song is Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.

    I shudder when I hear that song after one of his speeches because it implies Barack HUSSEIN Obama is for sale to the highest bidder, like Bush and McCain (the frightening new Bush clone) Obama has sliced and diced himself into many portions which he serves to the corporations, lobbiests, senators and celebrities who back him financially and politically for the good of their own agendas. Perhaps those agendas have nothing to do with positive changes for this country. Perhaps those agendas have nothing to do with human rights, civil rights, national security, or ending the potential McCain 100 year war.

    On Jan. 20, 2009, if Obama wins the Presidency, he WILL be signed, sealed and delivered into the hands of his constituants who have honed their considerable skills on G. Dubbya and are eager for another eight years. God forbid. Wake up, voters. I have never considered the race card an issue, but at this historic time, when our country is literally crying out for hope, Barack Hussein Obama declares that race IS an issue and then proceeds to make it one. Who is this man? Really? What has he ever done to improve this country or this world?

    Get the facts. Go to his website: http://www.barackobama.com

    On his site, Barack Hussein Obama DOES NOT list one credential that qualifies him to be the leader of the free world. He DOES NOT list his agenda for change. He DOES NOT list one single goal, not one single promise which he has made to his supporters or to the American public. NOT ONE. The prominant feature of his website? I regret to say it is his grinning face. Mr. Obama, please prove this wrong. Put your agenda, your goals, your financial supporters, your credentials on the record for the world to review. Voters, this time around, for the sake of your future and your children’s future, demand full disclosure. You have been conditioned to accept the desecration of our constitutional rights and civil liberties by the Bush regime. It’s time this country got it’s heart and soul back.

    Go to: http://www.hillaryclinton.com

    Read for yourself the difference in these two candidates and in Hillary and McCain. Hillary Clinton clearly and permanently states for the record on her extensive website every goal, every agenda, every single promise she has made to the citizens of this great country that she loves. She has devoted her life and her career to these causes worldwide. She has nothing to hide. She lists her qualifications. She lists her supporters. Hillary Clinton admits that her campaign needs financial support from voters.

    She just raised 6 million dollars from everyday Americans who sent what they could afford in the 24 hours after super Tuesday. She asks for as little as one dollar from each of her supporters. When she wins, who will Hillary Clinton owe thanks to? American citizens from every state who lifted their dispairing heads, wiped tears from their weary eyes and reached into their pockets to support Hillary Clinton’s vision for a shining new America. Grassroots Americans, white Americans, black Americans, Hispanics, of all ages rose to Hillary’s call and united to make a difference. Deny that, Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama. Why won’t Obama opt for full disclosure on his website? Because he is famous for NOT leaving a paper trail that one could follow and disprove. He is renowned for straddling the fence, voting “present” and playing it safe politically. He is an expert at dodging issues, shifting support, recreating himself to fit the current status quo. Who will be the status quo, the privileged few, if Barack Hussein Obama is elected President?

    Think about it, then go to HillaryClinton.com and make your voice heard once again. Yes, we can, chants Obama. Then do it, Mr. Obama. Step aside and let a proven leader and humanitarian, Hillary Clinton, restore America as the land of the free and the home of the brave. Let freedom ring!