June 5, 2008

Thought for Thursday - Hillary's Campaign

I was a county and congressional district delegate for Hillary Clinton (I decided to pass on campaigning to be a state delegate even though I live in Denver...the parking is going to be a nightmare in August). I have to say the caucus process favors grassroots campaigns such as Obama's started out. And, if anyone even really believes that the caucus turn out is remotely representative of the voting population, they didn't participate in a caucus. The reality is the turnout is 1/10th of what it would be for a primary and the caucus turnouts are skewed to a grassroots campaign that was able to recruit a fair amount of young people who were willing to sit in a meeting for 2 to 4 hours in the evening (and probably also attend caucus training meetings put on by various political groups).

But most people have families and don't have the desire or the time to do this. My caucus had 20 somethings and 50 plus somethings mostly. The 30 to 50 age range was there, just less of them. I suspect that most in that age group would have been for Hillary. The states that had primaries had HUGE turnouts of ACTUAL voters voting. Texas is a great example of the difference between primary and caucus turn out. They had over a million democrats vote in the primary, which Hillary won. Meanwhile, they had a bit over 100,000 attend caucus' which Obama won. Yet, he got almost as many total delegates as Hillary. I do not want to hear how he had the popular vote as well as the delegate vote.

Obama would do well to mend fences with Hillary and ask her to be his running mate. She's in that place right now where she'd do it because that's how badly she wants the democrats in office. Yes, I'll be voting for Obama, but again no one should think that he really had the popular vote of the democrats based on all those caucus states... Obama needs Hillary if he's going to win the presidency for the democrats.

5 comments:

Jdancer8 said...

I completely agree with you and Hillary did win the popular vote...but then again what the "little" people say if very rarely accounted for....someone higher up will always pull rank....Obama would be STUPID to not ask her to be his running mate...they TOGETHER would be an unstopable force --you know what they say...UNITED we STAND....

Trop said...

Obama would be STUPID to add Mrs. Clinton to his ticket. Her negatives are too high, and deservedly so. She won votes the dirty way, using Rove's playbook. Half of her own party is against her. We can only hope she fades into the sunset along with her philandering husband.

yenbar said...

My first choice would have been for Hillary to be PRESIDENT..but if that isn't going to possible..then VICE will suffice. I just hate the thought of any party infighting being the reason we are stuck with another republican for 4 more years. It kills me to think I will have to vote for Obama but if that's what it takes to get the republicans out office then so be it.

TheWeyrd1 said...

J and Yen...republicans out of office is the key.

Trop...to each her own and thanks for sharing. That's what makes the world go around...and around...lol Time will tell and history will write (or rewrite).

citizen of the world said...

Yes, geting the Republicans out is far and away the most important thing. I'd like to see an Obama/Hillary ticket, but mostly I don't want to see McCain in office.