Hillary’s Women

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.

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One Response to Hillary’s Women

  1. Janis says:

    I’d rather not see polarizing of the “creative class” and the working class. I’m one but was raised the other, and it’s only because my parents worked multiple jobs and watched my dad falling asleep exhausted on the sofa every night and sucking down aspirin from job stress that I was able to become a member of the creative class. He worked a VERY unappreciated full-time jobs, moonlighted, and worked oddjobs as well. My mom worked as a receptionist for YEARS so that I could get my degree and become one of those latte-liberals. But I’ll be damned if I’ll forget my dunkin-donuts past.

    I think a lot of commentators don’t get this — I look at working-class union laborers and people busting their humps with three jobs to raise kids in blue-collar neighborhoods and I see my parents, and me and my brothers when I was little. My loyalties lie VERY firmly with them, and not because I’m romanticizing the Noble Working Class. Because those people are my parents, working themselves to the bone for their kids thirty and forty years ago, for decades.

    There’s an awful lot of us latte-liberals (Volv-driving and sushi-chomping, even) who come down HARD on the side of the working class, unions, and blue-collar workers. Those people ARE my people.