Obama momentum looks very difficult to stop. He is constantly outdrawing Hillary from 2 to 1 to 4 to 1 in crowds, wherever they are together in the same state as occurred recently in Washington and Maine; the latter was supposed to be her latest firewall, as she had campaigned there through the fall, and took the caucus seriously.
Now that the campaign is in extra time; it is not so much organization, since neither side has much organization in these new states but the enthusiasm and passion of their supporters that is the key. This is the new type of 'trench warfare' that favors Obama...From a Obama volunteer organizer 'Dispatch from the WA state caucuses: it wasn't about the ground game'.
But I guarantee that if you had been in WA (and sounds like, in Maine) you would have had a sense of awe, as the Obama "organizers" did themselves, that these huge streams and gouts of voters were arriving in droves, way beyond anyone's expectation or ability to "organize" it. Every caucus location, despite planning for record turnout, was far, far too tiny to contain the crowds. Fire marshals ended up having a bigger impact that campaign organizers. It's something spontaneous, and it is not people changing their minds and deciding to vote for Barack instead of Hillary. It is people coming out and who normally would not. It's a phenomenon, not the result of organization.
I was the only "organizer" for Obama, and I did almost nothing -- nor could I. We were simply swamped with people....
As I say, it's a small point. And it's also dealing with a phenomenon (no longer just regional) no one expected or entirely understands, least of all me. I merely observed it, but so did a lot of other people, including journalists. To ascribe what's happening to "organization" is to miss the story...
I'm reminded of what John Keegan writes about war: It is not the physical destruction of the enemy that one seeks, but the destruction of his morale.
But as people realize the Clinton are fighters, they are not going to give up, not in 92 when the Jennifer Flowers revelations or the Perot candidacy seemed to imperil the Bill Clinton campaign. James Fallows: "And of course not during the long years in the White House. It is what makes them -- and her candidacy -- even now so formidable".
In my previous post, I quoted a Telegraph heading that "the Clintons were in panic"..That's not exactly true but they must be in 'a state of shock' and have brought in another tested, vetted general from 'Hillaryland' to manage their campaign Maggie Williams "She knows more than how to make the trains run on time. She knows how to break some heads."
But the Clintons are facing a diferent type of politics, a movement, 'no huddle' politics and it may not be possible to break enough heads and there are too many to break..And furthermore, it may be too late to change tactics
But for all the efforts to expand the operation, Democratic strategists said the Clinton campaign remains opaque, even to those on the outside willing to be helpful. "They have more walls around them than you've seen in many castles," said one prominent Democrat.
I just don't know where the Clintons can make their stand...Texas maybe, Pennsylvania ..the Democrat grandees? It is getting late.
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