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Last Monday, Geoff Garin, Hillary Clinton's new chief strategist, put out a call to 'send your thoughts about our campaign' -- and Kos readers responded. Now, with the Clintons in fuller attack overdrive than ever,  Garin is asking for a reprise. Respond  here.

Nothing short of a resounding primary defeat in a major state in which she's strongly positioned is going to make Clinton drop out. But a few hundred thousand emails from committed Democrats letting the campaign know the extent to which her tactics are disaffecting large swaths of the party base and destroying her own standing might might inhibit the earth-scorching a bit. Recall that in the wake of South Carolina, Obama did manage to quiet the Clinton attack machine for several weeks, during which he basically won the nomination.

A sample response below the fold.

To:   Geoff Garin
From: a former Hillary supporter:

Since late March, Hillary Clinton's role in advancing the Democratic agenda has been entirely negative. She has been relentlessly undermining the likely nominee, violating Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment and shredding her own credibility in the process. Her relentless flattery of McCain, her baseless claims to have crossed some mythical commander-in-chief threshold and her desperate willingness to seize on any minor gaffe of Obama's disqualify her  to be the party's nominee. Ms. Clinton reached a new low in the ABC 'Debate,' in which "de bait" was the moderators' repeated invitations to keep harping on trivialities such as Obama's contacts with Bill Ayers and his "bitter" comment. She responded to the stimuli like one of Pavlov's dogs.

By working relentlessly to undermine Obama's core credibility as a candidate, Ms. Clinton is permanently destroying her own standing and leadership stature within the party. Time to call a halt.


So again: "tell them what you think" here.  

Originally posted to Asp on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:36 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  They thanked us and gave examples. Not mine. (5+ / 0-)

    I asked her politely to get out of the race - in part because the cost of the campaign is coming substantially out of the pockets of ordinary folk who have better things to do with their money.

    Somehow, it did not make it into her greatest hits.

    Think of the constitution as a levee. Think of our democracy as New Orleans.

    by Into The Woods on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:39:53 AM PDT

  •  Haha. (0+ / 0-)

    The Clinton Campaign is taking a page out of the Starbucks playbook.

  •  my second attempt for feedback (3+ / 0-)
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    SherwoodB, EJP in Maine, Ken in MN

    Thanks for responding to my previous email, which asked Hillary to leave the race and quit harming the Party.

    I don't think you grasped the concept, because your response seemed to indicate that you were appreciative.

    This 'Hillary 4 President' has devolved into nothing but attack Obama. I don't know what your campaign stands for otherwise.

    Please do the country a favor and step aside. Gracefully or without grace, I don't care. You are what is wrong with our country and your exit could give us what we deserve.

  •  I posted: (1+ / 0-)
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    EJP in Maine

    My idea?
    As a Democratic voter since 1978 I would respectfully ask Senator Clinton to get out of a race she cannot win and support Senator Obama so we can get busy working to beat Senator McCain. Anything less is magical thinking and destructive narcissism.

  •  here is Geoff's Response : (1+ / 0-)
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    EJP in Maine


    I want to thank you for taking the time to send me your thoughts about our campaign in response to my email the other day. I was really gratified that so many of Hillary's supporters were willing to share their ideas, advice, and words of encouragement.

    Here are just a few examples of the great submissions I received:

    Don't give up! I have been pulling a grass roots movement in NC for Hillary and there are many of us whose voice will be heard the day of the election, May 6th. Don't believe the polls -- I have faith that the middle-class American from the small town USA will pull her through.

    Hillary, I'm proud of you and I believe in you. You've overcome hostile press coverage, and you're by far the best candidate in the race, and you'll make a fine president. Please hang in there and give all of us who are rooting for you a chance to vote for you again. You are the one I trust. You are the one who knows how politics work, and how to beat the odds. Don't let me down.

    I think we should stress and publicize that any outcome without Florida and Michigan is incomplete, unfair, and unacceptable.

    By the way, I've also shared some of the email responses with Hillary. She is extremely appreciative of the good suggestions people offered, and she was touched by the many kind words of support so many people sent in.

    Please keep the your advice coming, and please forward this email to your friends and ask them to do the same.

    Click here to send your comments.

    Thank you again for your feedback and everything you do to drive our campaign to victory. You know as well as I do that we are at a crucial point in the campaign, so all of your help is very much welcomed and always appreciated.

    Geoff Garin
    Hillary Clinton for President

  •  They clearly don't... (1+ / 0-)
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    EJP in Maine the comments. I sent a pretty scathing comment and I have received two emails thanking me for my support and asking for money.

    I love that at the bottom of Hillary's website there is a big 'ole red bar with an oversized dollar sign in it in red. Shameless.

    I responded to the email from the Clinton camp by dropping another c-note on the big O.

    "Good to be here, good to be anywhere." --Keith Richards

    by bradreiman on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:53:52 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the link. (1+ / 0-)
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    EJP in Maine

    That was fun.  I doubt my comments will show up anywhere either.  To paraphrase, I said I was in the perfect Clinton demographic, that I had twice voted for Bill, but that Hillary's own campaign tactics have made me realize it's all about Her.  She is doing her best to bring down a rising star within the party by throwing at him every bit of trash she can, that she and Bill are the Democratic Party's past and Obama is its future--if her plotting doesn't trip him up.

  •  here's my comment (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, EJP in Maine
    To the Clinton Campaign:

    I'm a 50 year old middle class woman, so I guess I'm supposed to be one of your supporters - by the focus groups and polls and demographics an all that.  Problem is, I've grown to hate Rovian tactics, whether they are employed by Republicans, which is usually the case, or by Democrats which happens more often than you might think.   In fact, I believe I hate these tactics even more when they are employed by Democrats, because I expect Democrats to be better than that.

    Because the Clinton Campaign has chosen to follow the path of Karl Rove, I will not be able to support Senator Clinton in the general election.


    Just between us, should Senator Clinton achieve the nomination, I probably would hold my nose and vote for her, on the off chance that Senator McCain might win Virginia by one vote, but I didn't feel the need to give her campaign that feedback.

    'The votes are in, and we won.' - Jim Webb, 11/07/2006

    by lcork on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:55:57 AM PDT

  •  They Wil lSpam You If You Do (2+ / 0-)
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    EJP in Maine, planetclaire4

    I created a new email address and almost immediately started getting Spam from the Clinton Campaign.

    No where did it state that I would be added to a mailing list.

    •  par for the course (0+ / 0-)

      To be fair, you have to expect as much if you submit your email address to a political campaign. It's interesting to see how they communicate with supporters, though.

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