On Open Left, Matt Stoller has an interesting post about Hillary’s Women. Stoller notes that the Clinton campaign had not really tapped into the online donor mode until now and it “is remarkable” that in “about the last 48 hours” the Hillary Clinton campaign has brought in “around $7 million from 45,000 online donors or so.”
Clinton was forced to rely on her real base – the women who love her. And unwittingly, with her showing in the Super Tuesday states and her $5 million donation to her own campaign, she asked them for support in a way she never had. And they responded.
Now, the Clinton campaign Matt says, “is converting voters and supporters into activists and donors, only it’s probably not the creative class anymore.”
Clinton, like Dean, became an underdog, a real underdog, with more public support than Village support, and her public directly responded over the internet to close this gap.
In other words, the Obama campaign has had a strategy of cultivating online donors and activists, they know how to do it, and they are very good at it. The Clinton campaign has not done any of this particularly well because it hasn’t been their strategy. And somehow, they are at rough parity over the last 48 hours.
It’s up to the women… Isn’t it? Stoller closes by acknowledging that the outpouring had to be momentous to the Clinton campaign:
There is probably something of an earthquake inside the Clinton campaign when these tired Clinton operatives, cynical for 20 years, actually feel, really feel, her supporters reach out and lift them up for the first time.
I think the outpouring also speaks to the Obama campaign. Two can play this game. Keep it going Hillary supporters! Keep it going.