The press is full of Bill Clinton/Barack Obama’s embrace at a rally last night. It was hugely symbolic to have Mr Clinton warmly endorse Obama last night. Whilst Obama is favourite to win the race for the White House, the Democrats have been here before. Seemingly ahead in the polls, an unpopular Republican administration, huge donations, media and international sentiment behind you. Then polling day brings that sinking feeling!
Barack’s strategists have a nagging feeling, almost like toothache, that the white working class just won’t go with their man. Is it the elitist label that the Republicans are aiming at him or is it just the racial element? Either way its a problem and the so called ‘Reagan Democrats’ need to be brought into the stable.
The last Democrat that brought these people behind a Democrat candidate was a guy called Clinton and that’s why the former President turning out last night was so significant.
HOWEVER I am told from two separate sources that Mrs Clinton was ready to REACTIVATE her campaign to bring her core vote behind Obama.
Clinton paid off most of her staff just BEFORE she even announced she was pulling out of the primary race. However she has not formally closed her campaign, which you would normally do, by informing the FEC. This could be an oversight or because she hasn’t had time? Possibly, but she’s still been filing reports to them on a quarterly basis.
I have it on good authority that several members of the Clinton campaign had been contacted in the last six weeks and were putting teams of volunteers together to phone canvass their people i.e. the white working class and female voters that would’ve been Hillary supporters but are now unsure about Obama or feel that voting for him would be disloyal to Hillary.
There was also a sizeable sum put aside for Google AdWords to drive that demographic towards ‘Hillary messages’.
Of course Hillary wouldn’t be doing this purely out of Party loyalty. She eyed some influence in an Obama White House or a chance to cement her reputation as a hero for many parts of the Democrat movement.
Obama played it cute though. He saw the polls were soaring to an extent that he didn’t need to give concessions to Hillary.