Hillary Rolls Out "Hillary Sent Me" Program to Elect Obama and Dems

I was one of a few bloggers and reporters on a Hillary Clinton conference call this afternoon. Also on the call were Ann Lewis and NH Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen. Listeners included Hillary delegates, supporters and state volunteers, among others.

The purpose of the call: to announce the formation of Hillary's new grass roots action program, Hillary Sent Me. Starting tomorrow, you can read all about it at Hillary's HillPac website.

Hillary was totally excited about this, you could hear it in her voice. It's a program to get out the vote both for Barack Obama and congressional candidates (particularly in the Senate) in the battleground states.

The program kicks off in New Hampshire Sept. 27/28, and Hillary is asking people to travel there to campaign for Obama and Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen.[More...]

Some of what Hillary had to say (my notes, not an official transcript):

Thanks for everyone who has joined the call. I’m very excited by the program we are rolling out today.

I invite you to take part in something that continues the historic journey you have made with me.

I’ve been traveling for Obama since June. There’s lots of enthusiasm for him. I’m also hearing from those being hurt by failures of the current administration. McCain/Palin offer few solutions, more of the same failed policies of the last 8 years of the Bush Administration.

These last two weeks and the economic situation have made it clear the stakes in this election are the highest ever.

I'm asking you to stand with Hillary, hit the road and spread the word: we must elect Obama and send a filibuster proof majority to Congress.

Hillary Sent Me is a grass-roots efforts through HillPac that will focus on Obama and critical congressional and senate races in the battleground states between now and Election day.

Hillary has been working hard for Obama. Since June, she's been to FL twice, Ohio, NV, NH and NM.

On Sept. 27 she's going to MI. In October, to PA and more.

Jeanne Shaheen says the program is a twofer, you can work in the presidential or senate races.

Ann Lewis came on next and talked about how hard Hillary has been working for Obama. She has raised more than $5 million for him so far.

The main portion of the call was Hillary. She is asking her supporters to help, not just vote for, Obama/Biden and the Dems in November.

To find out what states need your help, get a "Hillary Sent Me" button, and "be part of this winning campaign for Democrats," go to HillPac starting tomorrow.

Update: Taylor Marsh was also on the call and writes it up here. (I think we were the only two bloggers.)

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    neat. (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by coigue on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:47:23 PM EST

    Should the worst happen... (5.00 / 5) (#3)
    by Thanin on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:48:20 PM EST
    if any idiot dare say 2008 was the fault of Hillary, Im punching him in the face.

    Some lunatics might say that (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by Faust on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:52:51 PM EST
    but I seriously doubt by the time this is all over there will be any room to blame Hillary.

    By now it should be clear. . . (4.77 / 9) (#7)
    by LarryInNYC on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:53:59 PM EST
    that for some people, there's always room to blame Hillary.

    They would either blame her for not working hard enough or, if that won't fly, for working too hard and driving people away.  Or something.


    Like I said (1.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Faust on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:55:31 PM EST

    hillary sent me (none / 0) (#73)
    by uforvendetta on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 05:05:17 AM EST

    very nice (5.00 / 5) (#4)
    by Jlvngstn on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:49:29 PM EST
    and "Hillary sent me" is very powerful....

    Good for Senator Clinton! (5.00 / 7) (#14)
    by TomP on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:58:34 PM EST
    Total class.  She's a real Democrat.  After we all bear McCain, she will be a true leader in the Senate as we enact legislation to rebuild America.    

    With friends like that....... (5.00 / 2) (#46)
    by mmc9431 on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:00:30 PM EST
    Granted the polls are looking better but this election isn't a done deal yet. I think what she's going is great. Now if only Obama could muzzle some of his supporters, he'll be in the WH in January.

    A brilliant tactic. (5.00 / 2) (#64)
    by oldpro on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 07:12:23 PM EST

    you mean... (5.00 / 1) (#66)
    by coigue on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 07:40:32 PM EST

    (/snark...added for you, Jeralynn)


    Oh my. I seem to be (4.40 / 5) (#21)
    by oculus on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:05:07 PM EST
    treading on thin ice here.  I think all the Palin stuff is getting to me.  

    you are fine, methinks that some may be ... (4.25 / 4) (#50)
    by alexei on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:33:43 PM EST
    let's say, defensive?  

    Good for HIllary Clinton. (4.11 / 9) (#1)
    by oculus on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:47:16 PM EST
    Now if only she would work harder for Obama.  And, what about that "Hillary Sent Me" meme?  Shouldn't that be "Obama Sent Hillary"?

    you are missing the point (5.00 / 4) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:53:04 PM EST
    (not suprisingly given your negativety lately.) "Hillary Sent Me" sends the message that those of us behind Hillary in the primaries are now firmly behind Obama -- she's not just supporting him herself, but asking her supporters to join her.

    We're supporting Obama because we agree with Hillary that Obama/Biden is the best course for the country and it's imperative we defeat McCain/Palin.

    Obama is not sending Hillary to do this. It's her program and she's putting the full force of her vast support network behind her efforts.


    That was pure...100% (5.00 / 3) (#53)
    by kredwyn on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:37:02 PM EST
    oculous snark.

    Hard to tell (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by coigue on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:15:04 PM EST
    round these parts...but now that you point it out...

    No (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by befuddledvoter on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:22:53 PM EST
    The power is in "Hillary sent me."  Get it??

    Clarification: (5.00 / 3) (#34)
    by oculus on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:34:00 PM EST
    Subject line:  Truthiness.  
    Comment:  snarkiness.

    these threads end up in Google (5.00 / 1) (#57)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:44:53 PM EST
    and end up being quoted elsewhere. If you mean snark, put it in your comment. /s snark or /sarcasm is fine.

    The internet doesn't know one commenter here from another and it all gets linked back to TalkLeft.

    Please, let's get back to talking about Hillary's program. She deserves that respect.


    What? (none / 0) (#8)
    by Faust on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:54:16 PM EST
    Shouldn't that be "Obama Sent Hillary"?

    I don't follow?


    Hillary wins my heart (4.00 / 3) (#61)
    by sfbayani on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:42:22 PM EST

    I really love Hillary doing this.
    She has emerged a winner despite the primary loss. Her unequivocal support for Senator Obama has brought her tremendous respect from all of us, including those who did not support in her bid. But she will reap the benefits of her work in the end. There will be so much ahead of her.

    she's awesome. (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by coigue on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 07:39:44 PM EST
    this post is about Hillary's new program (3.50 / 2) (#42)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:50:43 PM EST
    it is not about Oculus or Pumas. Or about Obama's stand on particular issues.

    She didn't have the decency to wait for (1.08 / 23) (#13)
    by Christy1947 on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 03:57:10 PM EST
    the election, but I notice she did wait until his polls started going up to make another grab for the spotlight. This is not to help Obama, but to help her in her next run, to keep her own face and personality before the voters, not just the candidate's. In effect to give them a choice between her and the candidate, within the party, and re-energize those who were until now prepared to vote for him although they had supported her into perhaps again not doing that, in further support of her, and how wrong the party was not to pick her. By trying to show still one more time just how much (adjective of your choice) she is than he is. I have a stopwatch going on how long it will be before the PUMAs show up again.

    It's funny. She is morphing a bit into Palin, who is happily trampling the top of her own ticket.

    Did You Actually Read (5.00 / 3) (#17)
    by WS on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:02:19 PM EST
    J's post?  She's trying to help Obama.  

    Hillary won half the party.  She has a power base.  Deal with it.  


    Do you get McCain points for this post? (5.00 / 2) (#24)
    by JoeA on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:10:57 PM EST
    I had almost forgotten (5.00 / 6) (#43)
    by kempis on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:56:29 PM EST
    ...how totally bizarre Clinton Derangement Syndrome is. It still amazes me to encounter otherwise seemingly intelligent people who, as Hillary-haters, are magically able to divine her deepest, most sinister motives.

    I bet that deep down a lot of those people are disappointed that Hillary has proven them so wrong time and time again. She didn't attempt to "steal" the election. She made a gracious speech when she suspended her campaign. She has campaigned on the road for Obama through the summer. And she gave a helluva speech supporting him at the convention. And now this...

    And yet she's still eeeeevillll....Just pathetic....


    I haven't forgotten how idiotic those (5.00 / 6) (#49)
    by Jjc2008 on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:28:59 PM EST
    with CDS are....Fineman reminded me this morning. So did Huffpo.

    And just spend a minute on some so called liberal blogs and you will find more of them...blaming this on Clinton.  

    So this poster above reminds me of why I have become so disconcerted about ever seeing change happen.


    A foolish consistency. (5.00 / 1) (#60)
    by Fabian on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:28:30 PM EST
    We'll always have Paris...and Clinton Hate.

    Thanks (5.00 / 2) (#68)
    by Jjc2008 on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 09:12:16 PM EST
    your comment made me smile.  Haven't been doing that lately, at least not while on the blogs.

    This comment might win... (none / 0) (#63)
    by Thanin on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 07:00:37 PM EST
    the most troll rated post Ive seen in a long time, if ever.

    That's cool. (1.00 / 1) (#45)
    by lilburro on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:59:14 PM EST
    I think this is a way to formalize and organize now disorganized Clinton supporters...Hillary is not running for President, so her supporters have lost the basis of their network.  This can sort of open up the conversations that need to be had between Hillary supporters who may or may not be voting for Obama...so that they may vote for Obama.  

    I like it too (5.00 / 3) (#47)
    by Democratic Cat on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:24:28 PM EST
    But it's broader than you state. She is trying to take her base--her power, if you will--and leverage it for good of the party and country. I hope she will use it to push issues also, not just candidates. She is really a brilliant leader.

    They haven't lost the basis of their network (5.00 / 5) (#55)
    by nycstray on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:39:35 PM EST
    it's beyond Hillary. This effort by Hillary now isn't just about getting Obama votes either. It's beyond Obama also. Down ticket Dems need help and Hillary's asking her supporters to be there for them. Her supporters are not disorganized at all and many are already working on down ticket Dems. This will help expand it. The Clintons are always there for down ticket Dems. I won't be able to go to other states, but I will be able to help with the NY Dems she asking for support for. "My Dems" are set, so I'll be happy to spend some time where Hillary sends me.

    Supporters (4.00 / 3) (#56)
    by Kate Stone on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:39:51 PM EST
    We probably won't know how many Hillary supporters went over to the dark side until exit polls are in. I think any woman who supported Hillary for her policies on women's issues could not in good conscience vote McCain/Palin.  They simply won't. In the meantime, I think Hillary is doing her part to get Obama elected and Hillary Sent Me is just another example.  To rename it to Obama Sent Me misses the point: 18 million voted for Hillary and it is her name and her influence that is calling out the vote not only for Obama but for others who are running.  She is a ntional figure, not just the junior Senator from New York, and she is using that influence wisely.  If it benefits her as well who cares?  Let's get Obama elected.

    I only have met one of those (5.00 / 1) (#69)
    by Jjc2008 on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 09:17:26 PM EST
    and yes, she was so angry.  

    But every other woman in my world who was a Hillary supporter has come to support Obama.  Some more relunctantly than others to be sure.  And for some of us, supporting Obama, getting him elected, does NOT erase the resentment and anger about the primaries, the sexism, the right wing narratives used by the left against one of its own.  Many of us have pledged that we will support and vote for Obama; as well, we will NOT forget what Dean and the DNC did to the so called backbone of the party.  There should be consequences for Dean and friends....
    and wanting that is completely another issue.

    But some of the more vocal anti Hillary folks want to ignore all she has done for Obama. I am glad Jeralyn is here to remind us and give us more info on what Hillary is doing.


    The dark side? (3.00 / 2) (#58)
    by nycstray on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:09:31 PM EST
    methinks that only exists in da movies. Has nothing to do with democracy and voting  ;) Otherwise, yes, this is about her network and Obama/downticket Dems. :)

    feel free to ignore her (none / 0) (#25)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:12:14 PM EST
    and not dignify her comment with a reply. If you reply, avoid profanity. And she's limited to four such comments a day.

    Chris Carney. . .? (none / 0) (#31)
    by andgarden on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:26:43 PM EST
    If I lived in PA-10, Chris would have my vote, and no more.

    My mother has been (none / 0) (#62)
    by Lil on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:50:56 PM EST
    telling people since the convention that she's voting for Obama because Hillary Clinton asked her to. Of course there's more to it than that, but I thought it was a good way of supporting Hillary while pushing the Dem ticket.

    I do whatever the Clintons tell me. (none / 0) (#67)
    by WillBFair on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 09:01:06 PM EST
    After all they have done for the country, the brilliant policy agenda they invented, and spectatcular governing record, there is no one else in their league.

    Well, I do not do what anyone tells me (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by Cream City on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 09:39:04 PM EST
    to do with my vote, because it is the opposite of what we're supposed to do in a democracy based on classic libertarian theory.  And despite all the evidence to the contrary that we are not capable of measuring up to that ideal, I still hope we achieve it -- and do my part by deciding for myself.

    Of course, when I weigh all the arguments for how to vote, I listen to advice from smart people -- like Senator Clinton.


    This is (5.00 / 1) (#71)
    by JThomas on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 11:39:32 PM EST
    a smart program...way to go ,Hillary!
    WE need more democrats in congress to have any chance to repair damage done by Bushco.

    Hillary,you are awesome!!


    Hillary sent me (none / 0) (#72)
    by uforvendetta on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 05:33:41 AM EST
    Hello, just joined your site. Was looking to buy a "Hillary sent me button".  I'm a 59 yr. old Hillary supporter and this was what I needed to assure me that I could campaign for Obama with heart.  There is something powerful about this for me.  I was very dissapointed when she was not put on the ticket but the alternative is frightning. And if she can do this, then who am I to complaign?
    I just tell people when I'm trying to get them registered to vote and hopefully soon I can wear my button, that if you want not only your sons and daughters coming home in those coffins they don't want you to see, if McCain gets elected, it will be your grandaughters and grandsons.
    War without end.

    comment (none / 0) (#74)
    by uforvendetta on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 03:57:00 AM EST
    McCain/Palin equals Armagedon.