Team Hillary Moving into High Gear

No, Hillary has not announced she will run for President yet, but the LA Times today has a four page article on her well-oiled campaign machine, which is loaded for bear and ready to strike the moment she makes her decision.

The article names the key players in her campaign, discusses Bill's role and then drops a big hint as to Hillary's strategy for winning. She is counting on the vote of those for whom the primary issue is seeing a woman elected President.

Along with the professionals, Clinton aides expect a groundswell of women — political operatives, donors, volunteers — would flock to Hillary Clinton because she is a female presidential candidate.

"She wants people who work for her to want to be there out of a sense of mission, not just simply as professionals," said Lorraine Voles, Clinton's Senate communications director.

The mission, Voles said, "would be electing the first woman president. It's not the only thing that brings people in the door, but it's what would be on everyone's minds over the long run."

It is the one obvious thing that differentiates her from John Edwards and Barack Obama, but I wonder, is it enough?

Never one to cast her stones in a single basket, Hillary has another novel strategy: Going after the evangelical vote.

Burns Strider, who spearheaded religious outreach for the House Democratic caucus, has been hired to tap into the evangelical Christian movement.

I wonder if Strider will be focusing on evangelical women voters or all evangelicals. If its all evangelicals, I wonder if her position on issues is going to move to the right. Either way, I think she's far more likely than Obama to make inroads there.

John Edwards is shaping up as the progressive candidate. John Edwards is more popular than Hillary in the blogosphere. Elizabeth Edwards has engaged the blogosphere on her own.

Does the blogosphere matter to Hillary? Peter Daou is still the internet strategist, but the LA Times describes his role as "tackl[ing] Web-based opposition research" not engaging bloggers.

Hillary has spent much of her $35 million campaign funds "to build a massive national database — essential to mining millions more in small donations and profiling likely volunteers."

I'm wondering who is in this database, and if the campaign will be using its own outreach rather than blogger outreach to message them.

I guess we'll have more answers soon as she should decide in January.

As for me, I'm keeping my eye out for the candidate who can win the election. All I know is I want a Democrat back in the White House. Why? To preserve the independence of our courts and prevent them from being taken over by right wing activist judges. Because a Democrat will make better decisions about health care and social security. Because a Democrat will be less likely to engage us in stupid wars and more likely to get us out of the one we are still in.

Update: Peter Daou contacted me to clarify that although he does not have any information regarding Sen. Clinton’s plans, the blogosphere continues to be important to the senator (as it was in her senate campaign) and that he remains responsible for blog outreach.

That's good news.

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    If Hillary wins (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by aw on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 05:12:39 PM EST
    I hope she doesn't feel like she has to act like a Republican to prove how "tough" she is.

    i'd vote for hillary in a heartbeat (4.00 / 1) (#10)
    by cpinva on Mon Jan 01, 2007 at 01:21:43 PM EST
    being that rare beast: white, male, upper-middle class, licensed professional. do i agree 100% with every position she's taken? of course not. anyone expecting that is deluding themselves. would i vote for her solely because she's female? um, no. again, don't delude yourself. i'd vote for her because, "ding, ding, ding!", she's the single most qualified person running.

    a vote for obama is a wasted vote. what's he done lately? um, well, there's, um, oh yeah, and then there's that other thing. that pretty well encapsulates mr. obama's career to date: -0-. simply being charismatic is pretty well meaningless (unless you're running for dictator), absent substance. he hasn't any, yet. frankly, he's just another pretty face.

    add to that the fact that the MSM has already started in on his name as an "issue", along with the usual right-wingnut suspects, and i think we can place his candidacy squarely in the commode.

    john edwards? nice guy, pretty smart, not much there there either. nice wife also. again, not much there there. my apologies to gertrude stein. maybe a clinton-edwards ticket, but absent a return of mr. edwards to public office, prior to the 2008 election, and all he'll be remembered for is losing his last bid for elective office.

    gore? omg, are you serial? remember what the MSM did to him (earth tone clothes, naomi wolf, love story, claimed to have invented the internet, lacked "character") the last time? well guess what boys & girls, they'll start up right where they left off. actually, they already have, or aren't any of you paying any attention at all?

    never mind that mr. gore has been proven correct again and again, that isn't the pleasing story they (MSM) want to tell. no, mr. gore is doing far more good right where he is. why would he want to put up with that idiotic nonsense, by the likes of frank rich and maureen dowd, again?

    nope, in the final analysis, hillary's the one.

    She (none / 0) (#2)
    by Wile ECoyote on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 05:30:47 PM EST
    will move left for the nomination and then center/right for the election.  

    Lord help us all (none / 0) (#3)
    by Maggie Mae on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 07:00:28 PM EST
    How is she going to keep democrats on her bandwagaon, if she goes pandering to the evangelicals?  

    I'm so sick of religion being part of the election process and how our government is run.

    please, no (none / 0) (#4)
    by doety on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 08:12:52 PM EST
    Aren't we all desperate to get a Dem back in the White House? No way is Hillary going to win any crossover votes and will lose some Dems. I don't think she can win...I hated her non-stand on the war and her cozying ways to the evangelicals.

    I wonder if it's too outrageous to hope for a Gore-Obama ticket? I loved Gore's movie. Also -- we were down at the Paramount right before the 2004 election when Gore spoke to Move On volunteers. Don't know what happened, but Gore was passionate, anything but the stiff person he appeared in his campaign.

    As a woman, I can say I will never vote for Hillar (none / 0) (#5)
    by vwbug on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 11:30:36 PM EST
    I won't vote for her no matter what.  I cannot stand that woman.  She is soooooooo republican.
    doety, I would have loved to see a Gore and Obama ticket but, I really feel Gore will not run except if it looks like Hillary will get the nomination.
    I support my senator, Barack Obama.  He is a gifted and intellegent person who has done a great job for us.

    Obama is also (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 11:56:39 PM EST
    lacking in experience.  For a VP candidate, maybe.  But not for President. He isn't there yet.

    Note to Pete Daou (none / 0) (#6)
    by vwbug on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 11:34:30 PM EST
    Please tell your boss not to run.
    She is not liked by the left.  Most internet polls show her barely at 5%
    We do not want Hillary.  many will vote republican before Hillary.
    Besides, a vote for Hillary is a vote for a republican anyway.
    Tell her to stay in the senate and not make a fool out of herself.

    Speak for yourself, not the left (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 11:55:15 PM EST
    I like Hillary.  I also like John Edwards.  You can't put us all in the same box.

    No Thanks (none / 0) (#9)
    by RevDeb on Mon Jan 01, 2007 at 09:02:32 AM EST
    As a professional woman I will go out of my way to see that she is NOT elected.

    Sure, I'd like to see a woman president. But she is not the one. Period.