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Reliving Hillary’s History: When Clinton’s Democratic Allies Jumped Ship

- May 1, 2014

As Clinton Hopes To Quiet Another Rebellion On The Left, A Reminder Of The Problems She Faced During Her Last Campaign

ON THIS DAY IN 2008, A CLINTON-ERA DNC CHAIR DESERTED HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN IN FAVOR OF OBAMA

On May 1, 2008, Clinton-Backing Superdelegate And Former DNC Chair Under Bill Clinton, Joe Andrew, Switched His Endorsement To Obama. “Joe Andrew, a superdelegate who was the Democratic National Committee chairman under President Bill Clinton, announced Thursday that he had switched his allegiance from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to Senator Barack Obama in the race for the presidential nomination.” (Liza Tozzi and Brian Knowlton, “Former DNC Chairman Backs Obama,” The New York Times, 5/1/08)

  • Andrew Had Announced His Support For Clinton On The Day That She Announced Her Candidacy. “Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Andrew chairman of the D.N.C. in 1999, and he led the party through the disputed 2000 presidential race before stepping down in 2001. Mr. Andrew endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton last year on the day she declared her candidacy.” (Liza Tozzi and Brian Knowlton, “Former DNC Chairman Backs Obama,” The New York Times, 5/1/08)
  • Andrew, Who Was Then Indiana Democratic Party Chair, Announced His Switch Just Days Before The State’s Crucial Primary. “The head of the Democratic Party during part of Bill Clinton's administration switched allegiances Thursday and endorsed Barack Obama. Former Democratic National Committee chairman Joe Andrew, an Indiana native who also was state party chairman there, announced his switch just a few days before the state's crucial Tuesday primary.” (“Superdelegate Switches; Endorses Sen. Obama,” USA Today, 5/2/08)

ANDREW WAS JUST ONE OF MANY HIGH PROFILE DEMOCRATS WHO THE CLINTONS FELT ABANDONED THEM

In 2008, The Clintons Were “Shocked At How Many Democrats Had Abandoned Them To Hook Up With The Fresh Brand Of Barack Obama.” “Bill and Hillary were shocked at how many Democrats had abandoned them to hook up with the fresh brand of Barack Obama. The injuries and insults were endless, and each blow hurt more than the last, the cumulative effect of months and months of defections. During the spring and summer, the Clinton campaign had gone days on end without a single endorsement.” (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “Hillary’s Hit List,” Politico, 1/12/14)

Clinton’s 2008 Campaign “Failed To Account For The Broad And Deep Desire For Wholesale Change Among Democrats.” “Yet for all the sharp minds that populated camp Clinton, the campaign failed to account for the broad and deep desire for wholesale change among democrats; it was, it would turn out, a particularly bad year to run as a de facto incumbent.” (Rick Klein, “What Went Wrong? How Hillary Lost,” ABC News, 6/3/08)

In 2008, The Country Was “Looking For Something New And Hip And Next Generational,” That Clinton Was Unable To Deliver. “The country is looking for something new and hip and next generational, and this is especially true for voters under 30 (the 9/11 generation). Barack Obama gave voters this, and Hillary didn't. Obama was the Ipod of this election, while Clinton was the Walkman. The Walkman is reliable and easy to use and works great, it just doesn't have the hip factor that an Ipod does.” (Matthew Dowd, Op-Ed, “How Obama Won And Hillary Lost,” The Huffington Post, 6/4/08)

  • Clinton Supporter Democratic Strategist Chris Lehane: In 2008, “You Did Not Necessarily Have A Message That Was Consistent With What People Were Looking For In A 'Change' Election.” “‘You did not necessarily have a message that was consistent with what people were looking for in a 'change' election,’ said Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist who supported Clinton's presidential bid. ‘It was inherently limiting — and, as the first female presidential candidate, she could have been the candidate of 'change.’” (Rick Klein, “What Went Wrong? How Hillary Lost,” ABC News, 6/3/08)

During Her 2008 Presidential Campaign, The Clinton Campaign Created A “Political Hit List.” “Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton’s once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Va., Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod put the finishing touches on a political hit list. It was late June 2008, and Hillary had dropped her bid for the presidency earlier that month. The war room, where her brain trust had devolved into profanity-laced shouting matches, was empty. The data crunchers were gone. The political director had drifted out. A handful of Hillary’s aides had already hooked up with Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign in Chicago.” (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “Hillary’s Hit List,” Politico, 1/12/14)

  • Hillary Campaign Aide: We Kept A Record Of Who Endorsed Obama “But Really Should Have Been With Her…That Burned Her.” “We wanted to have a record of who endorsed us and who didn’t,’ a member of Hillary’s campaign team said, ‘and of those who endorsed us, who went the extra mile and who was just kind of there. And of those who didn’t endorse us, those who understandably didn’t endorse us because they are [Congressional Black Caucus] members or Illinois members. And then, of course, those who endorsed him but really should have been with her … that burned her.’” (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “Hillary’s Hit List,” Politico, 1/12/14)
     
  • Lawmakers Were Assigned A Numerical Grade Measuring Their Contribution To The Clinton Campaign, 1 Being The Most Helpful And 7 Being The Least. “On one early draft of the hit list, each Democratic member of Congress was assigned a numerical grade from 1 to 7, with the most helpful to Hillary earning 1s and the most treacherous drawing 7s.” (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “Hillary’s Hit List,” Politico, 1/12/14)
  • “The Set Of 7s Included Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) And Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), As Well As Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.) And Rob Andrews (D-N.J.).” (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “Hillary’s Hit List,” Politico, 1/12/14)

As Her 2008 Campaign Stalled, Clinton Faced A Flood Of Superdelegates Who Became Nervous And Began “To Jump Ship”

Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Was Haunted By “The Problems Many Rank-And-File Democratic Activists Have With The Clinton Family.” “One reason this has been brushed under the rug? Media-types don't realize the problems many rank-and-file Democratic activists have with the Clinton family. Simply take a look at Bill Clinton's record from '92 to '00 and you’ll understand why they're having a harder time corralling party activists and elected officials to their side. Remember, when his name was on the ballot ('92 and '96) the Democratic party lost Senate seats both times. Never mind the beating the party took in '94; a walloping often blamed on both Bill and Hillary.” (Chuck Todd, “Can Clinton Win Over Superdelegates?,” NBC News, 3/18/08)

  • Democratic Superdelegates Worried “Clinton Couldn’t Rise” To The Challenge Of Expanding The Base Of The Democratic Party. “While there are plenty of unknowns about Obama’s ability to truly expand the base of the Democratic Party, there are plenty of superdelegates who think they know Clinton couldn't rise to that very same challenge. The scars of the '90s are still rather prominent for some Democrats, particularly members of the House leadership who appear to be leaning Obama’s way (see Nancy Pelosi’s weekend comments).” (Chuck Todd, “Can Clinton Win Over Superdelegates?,” NBC News, 3/18/08)

As Obama Built Momentum In The 2008 Primaries, Democratic Superdelegates Began “To Jump Ship” From Clinton’s Campaign, “Abandoning Her For Obama.” “The Democratic superdelegates are starting to follow the voters -- straight to Barack Obama. In just the past two weeks, more than two dozen of them have climbed aboard his presidential campaign, according to a survey by The Associated Press. At the same time, Hillary Rodham Clinton's are beginning to jump ship, abandoning her for Obama or deciding they now are undecided. … As Obama has reeled off 11 straight primary victories, some of the superdelegates are having second -- or third -- thoughts about their public commitments.” (Stephen Ohlemacher, “Superdelegates Are Flocking To Obama,” The Associated Press, 2/23/08)

WITH AN EYE ON 2016, DEMOCRATS MAY BE ALREADY LOOKING FOR ANOTHER FRESH BRAND TO SUPPORT OVER CLINTON

While Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Has “Adamantly Denied Plans To Run For The White House, She Has A Large Cadre Of Support Among Progressives Urging Her To Launch A Campaign.” “A tough critic of Wall Street and big banks, Warren's staple as a politician has been advocating for consumers against unfair practices in the banking industry. And though she's adamantly denied plans to run for the White House, she has a large cadre of support among progressives urging her to launch a campaign.”  (Dana Davidsen, “Warren ‘Hopes’ Clinton Runs In 2016, Softens Previous Criticism,” CNN, 4/27/14)

  • A Harvard Law Professor And Best-Selling Author, “Warren Was Already A Liberal Icon Before She Set Foot In The Senate Last January.” “A Harvard law professor and best-selling author who led the congressional task force overseeing the bank bailout, Warren was already a liberal icon before she set foot in the Senate last January. Her public floggings of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner helped make her a fixture on MSNBC, ‘The Daily Show,’ and The Huffington Post.” (Noam Scheiber, “Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren,” The New Republic, 11/10/13)

In The Past, Warren “Has Criticized Clinton For Her Ties To The Wall Street World.” “She's been making the TV show circuit coinciding with the release of her new book, ‘A Fighting Chance,’ which talks about her role in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She was a senior adviser under President Barack Obama in setting up the agency before returning to Massachusetts to run for the Senate. In the past, Warren has criticized Clinton for her ties to the Wall Street world, more specifically for accepting $140,000 in campaign contributions from the banking industry when serving as a senator from New York.” (Dana Davidsen, “Warren ‘Hopes’ Clinton Runs In 2016, Softens Previous Criticism,” CNN, 4/27/14)

  • In Warren’s 2003 Book, She Criticized Clinton For Opposing A Bankruptcy Bill As First Lady And Bowing To Wall Street With A Vote For “Essentially The Same” Bill As A Senator. Warren wrote in her previous book, ‘The Two Income Trap,’ released in 2003, about Clinton’s support for a bankruptcy bill Warren opposed: ‘As First Lady, Mrs. Clinton had been persuaded that the bill was bad for families, and she was willing to fight for her beliefs.’ ‘As New York’s newest senator, however, it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position. ... The bill was essentially the same, but Hillary Rodham Clinton was not.’” (Dana Davidsen, “Warren ‘Hopes’ Clinton Runs In 2016, Softens Previous Criticism,” CNN, 4/27/14)

 


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