Repetitive solicitations by groups like “Ready for Hillary” are leading to problems for many of Hillary Clinton’s early organizers and fund raisers
Constant solicitations for cash for Hillary in the absence of an actual candidate or candidacy aren’t sitting well — And now, a prominent liberal critic takes a look at Hillary's Slime Machine.
Meanwhile, there are rumbles of a leftish "Draft Warren" effort in the early primary/caucus states
Hillary’s current problems do parallel similar stumbles in her failed 2008 effort for the presidency
Hillary Clinton has not yet announced whether she's running for president in 2016, but the “Ready for Hillary” super PAC is operating as if she had. As a result, some Democrats in early voting states already are being hectored by Hillary solicitations from that group's fund-raising emails ( See “Email Onslaught May Create 'Clinton Fatigue' Among Donors” by Todd Beamon, 2/14/15, Newsmax [http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/email-Clinton-Democrat-election/2015/02/14/id/624853/]).
SOME DEMOCRATS TAKING A TIME-OUT FROM HILLARYMany Democrat activists are already walking away from the Hillary effort — at least for now.
For example, according to a report in Politico, Democrat activist Mary Tetreau already had enough last November. With her party on the eve of an electoral walloping, the Londonderry, New Hampshire activist was sick of the constant emails begging for money for a candidate like Hillary, who isn’t even running for president yet. When another solicitation on behalf of Hillary Clinton landed in her inbox the day before the 2014 election, Ms. Tetreau opted out of Hillary’s pre-campaign ( See “Activists bristle at Hillary Clinton fundraising pleas” by Ben Schreckinger, 2/14/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/activists-hillary-clinton-fundraising-pleas-115199.html#ixzz3RkmtCA00]). Politico reports that Tetreau, a three-decade veteran of New Hampshire primary politics, called the “Ready for Hillary” early-and-often email approach “annoying” —
“I’m not going to be ready for Hillary until she announces she’s running for president....”
In February, three months later, Hillary Clinton’s candidacy remains officially undeclared, but her campaign in-waiting’s emails continue to flood the in-boxes of Democratic activists and “supporters” in the early voting states.
According to Politico, the early heavy email strategy could create "Clinton fatigue" when Hillary actually does decide to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. Also, Politico reports, it spurs fears that Hillary is taking it all for granted.
ONE OF HILLARY’S BODY GUARD OF HITMEN ANNOUNCES A PROBLEM — PROMPTING LONG-TIME LIBERAL CLINTON CRITIC TO GET-IN SOME EARLY LICKS ON HILLARY AND HER SNAKELIKE OPERATIVESClinton is now expected to make an announcement as late as July, according to Politico. In the meantime, fund-raising issues became public this week when David Brock, a longtime Clinton supporter, quit the board of Priorities USA, which backs the former first lady. Brock’s snarky riposte that named names in the Hillary pre-campaign juggernaut raised lots of eyebrows.
Politico observed that Brock accused leaders of the pro-Clinton group of planting a story in The New York Times about a fund-raising consultant that charges a commission, a practice that remains controversial. Brock called it ‘an orchestrated political hit job’ against two of HIS pro-Clinton groups, “American Bridge” and “Media Matters”; in addition, “Ready for Hillary,” has used Brock as a consultant. Politico also mentioned that “Priorities USA” has not met its recent fund raising goals for Hillary’s 2016 campaign.
Such shenanigans have led some of Hillary’s longtime liberal antagonists to come out with early critiques of both the pro-Hillary strategies and the not-yet-candidate herself, like the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd in today’s Sunday edition ( See “Call Off the Dogs” by Maureen Dowd, 2/14/15 [in 2/15/15, Sunday Edition], NY Times/ Sunday Review [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/opinion/sunday/maureen-dowd-call-off-the-dogs.html?_r=0]). In her Times column, Dowd doesn’t focus on Hillary’s early fund raising, though she does mention it – including some of Hillary’s >>> RIGHT WING SUPPORTERS <<<, but she takes aim at the Hillary Clinton “Slime Room” led by the likes of David Brock, >>>also a former RIGHT WINGER<<<, who Dowd describes as “fit[ting] into the Clinton tradition of opportunistic knife-fighters like Dick Morris and Mark Penn.....”
OTHER LIBERALS PUSHING WARREN TO RUNIf all of that wasn’t bad enough, also in the news this week were reports of a sort of “Draft Warren” effort.
A timely Newsmax/Reuters article describes the following: “The scene in the New Hampshire office is one common to any nascent U.S. presidential campaign in the state that holds the country's first primary contest: Young staffers peck away at laptops and unpack boxes of signs with their candidate's name. *** But the Democrat they are working for, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, adamantly denies plans to seek the presidency....” (See ““Liberals Work to Lure Elizabeth Warren Into 2016 Race” by Reuters Staff, Amanda Becker & Frances Kerry, 2/14/15, Newsmax/ Reuters
That article goes on to say that “[p]ublicly, Democratic strategists in Washington back Clinton's White House bid and say it is unlikely another viable candidate will emerge unless she decides not to run. Privately, many of the same people say they would like to see a more progressive candidate enter the race, if only to push the conversation to the left during the primary contests....” And that article concludes with this “... a poll commissioned by Run Warren Run found that 98 percent of likely Democratic voters in New Hampshire and Iowa wanted a competitive race. Some 79 percent of 800 respondents polled Jan. 30 through Feb. 5 said they would like to see Warren run, though that did not mean they would vote for her.”
Clinton’s current strategy certainly does not want to see anything that urges something like — “RUN, WARREN, RUN” — “RUN, WARREN, RUN.” A chant like that could have many unintended consequences; such a chant might even cause Mayor Bill de Blasio to run for a higher office in 2016.
Hmmmm? “RUN, WARREN, RUN !” Sort of catchy, Bill.....