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