Hillary Brings Mom and Chelsea, Rolls Out Buddy System in Iowa

Update: Chelsea is in Iowa today as well.


While Oprah stumps at two events in Iowa for Obama today, Hillary has her own plan. She'll be bringing her mother to three events and promoting the "buddy system."

More than a mother-daughter act, the appearance was designed to illustrate an urgent point of her campaign: The Buddy. “I wanted to bring a buddy with me!” Mrs. Clinton said. “So I brought my mother, Dorothy Rodham.”

The idea is that women will be more likely to attend a caucus if they have someone to go with.

In her quest to win the caucuses, Mrs. Clinton is working to demystify the curious Iowa process. With women voters her key target, she believes two are more likely to attend together than one would alone.

“We have thousands of women in their 80s and 90s who live alone who want to caucus on the night of Jan. 3,” Mrs. Clinton said. “It’s very inspiring for me for people who want to be there.”

The Washington Post has more on the gender race between Hillary and Obama in Iowa. [More]

Dorothy Rodham's appearances at a series of rallies around the state Saturday are just the start of the effort to move women, a group the campaign has long viewed as its core constituency, into Clinton's column. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright will come to Iowa to vouch for her "strength and experience," which her advisers view as her main asset, and even more surrogates will be arriving in the next two weeks.

....Take your buddy to caucus" events have filled Clinton's Iowa schedule in recent weeks. These sessions are aimed at helping women understand the time-consuming caucus process, to drive up their participation rates. Emily's List, the abortion rights group that supports female candidates, has also launched an education program for Iowa women who are inclined to support Clinton but who had not planned to caucus for her. That demographic may represent her best chance for increasing her support.

As for the Oprah factor,

"I think they're going to have some really terrific events with Oprah," [Clinton Strategist Mark ]Penn said. "I think the big question really is, does Senator Obama have the experience, compared to Hillary Clinton? And I don't know how that's going to really change that. I think at the end of the day, she will get more women than anybody else, and I think she will because I think Iowa women will break late for her."

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    you, and her one (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by cpinva on Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 02:49:44 AM EST
    other fan. oh, wait, that would be, um...............MODO!

    i'm sure ms. dowd will have her normally scathing, insightful, "i know more than anyone, because i can read people's minds!" commentary. as usual, it will be completely inane.

    well (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jgarza on Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 04:36:51 AM EST
    she has a column at the NYTimes and no else here does, so she must be doing something right.

    David Brooks has a column with the NY TImes (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Molly Bloom on Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 10:13:27 AM EST
    Your point would be what?

    I think both of you have the same point. (1.00 / 0) (#5)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 10:54:11 AM EST
    Other people are being paid to do things you would like to be paid to do.

    What all of you ignore is that what we have here is Hillary playing the gender card. I just can't wait for her to complain about being attacked by the "boys."

    Identity Politics is very old and very common (none / 0) (#6)
    by Molly Bloom on Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 12:34:01 PM EST
    It is simply establishing common bond.

    I don't have a problem with it, unless it is done the way The Jesse Helms did it to Harvey Gantt


    Face it Molly (1.00 / 1) (#7)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 10:23:20 PM EST
    There is nothing negative that you will accept about Hillary.

    As the saying goes... you kid your friends and I'll kid my friends but let's not kid each other.

    Have you thought about getting a fog lamp? You sorely need it.


    That's absurd and based upon what evidence? (none / 0) (#10)
    by Molly Bloom on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 11:19:34 AM EST
    Let me give you a clue- I am an Edwards supporter. That alone is something "negative about Hillary" that I  "accept".

    She is too conservative for my taste. I don't like her record on voting for the Iraq War resolution. I don't like her vote on the recent Iran resolution.

    Do I think if she were president, she would be stupid enough to go to war after encouraging her minions to falsify evidence or after listening to whackos like Cheney? No.

    I expect she would be competent as president, which would be a big improvement over the "boy king" who only got to he oval office after a judicial coup by the felonious five (who shall never be forgiven).

    Could I vote for her in the general election? Yes.  But then I would vote for any of the Democratic party candidates over the nut cases and sleazes running in the GOP today.


    Hum (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jgarza on Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 02:22:54 AM EST
    I think MoDo is going to love this. can't wait till her next column.

    Huh??? (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 08:08:47 AM EST
    Ankles?? Slobber? Mist??