August 11, 2008

HillRaiser--Hillary Clinton's Supporters Plan DNC Uprising, Ad Buys, Parades

**Update--Gateway Pundit has examples of the ad buys from Hillary's supporters

Hell hath no fury like Hillary fans scorned--things may not be looking so rosy for Barack Obama when he brings his campaign to Denver, ostensibly to accept the party's nomination:
Frustrated supports of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are planning multiple rallies at the Democratic convention in Denver, coupled with television and print advertisements.

The disenchanted Democrats want to express their disappointment with the party’s presidential primary process.

The Denver Group, formed a couple of months ago by two Clinton backers, says it has filmed a television commercial and is looking to air it soon. The fledgling group adds that it has received such a strong response to its scheduled Aug. 26 reception in Denver that it had to book an overflow room.

Meanwhile, another pro-Clinton group called “18 Million Voices” is organizing a march on Aug. 26 in Denver “and nationwide to support Sen. Clinton and advocate for women’s rights worldwide.” It will also be holding “a celebration in a beautiful Denver City park during the day, and throughout the evening on Aug. 26,” according to the 18 Million Voices website.
Party Unity My Ass!

Some, shall we say, differences of opinion on how the DNC should play out:
For example, some of the Denver Group’s goals are contrary to the Democratic Party’s.
Its goals include: an open convention; Clinton's name placed in nomination with no symbolic roll call vote; speeches allowed by supporters of Clinton on behalf of her candidacy; a genuine roll call vote with Clinton as a legitimate candidate; and “no coronation.”

Asked about Clinton last week, Obama said, “As is true in all conventions, we’re still working out the mechanics, the coordination.” When pressed if he would favor a roll call for Clinton, Obama responded, “I didn’t say that.”

Heidi Li Feldman, co-founder of the Denver Group, said, “There is going to be a steady stream of activities for the first three days of the convention” and predicted thousands of Clinton backers will appear at the events.

Feldman said her group has raised between $30,000 and $40,000, enabling it to buy six print ads and produce one television ad. The TV ad is scheduled to run on CNN and during a local news broadcast in Denver the week before the convention begins. The ad strategy for convention week has not been finalized.
More delicious discord:
Regardless of any accord Clinton and Obama come to, the planned rallies could become a focus of the media’s attention instead of the heavily scripted themes of the convention.

The Denver Post recently reported that Clinton backers will hold signs that read, “Denounce Nobama's Coronation.”
Denounce! Denounce!

Glad to see that not only Republicans and unaffilliateds are being turned off by the emotionally charged Obama cultishness that appears more like idolatry than basic candidate enthusiasm. Perhaps the simple fact that Obama isn't the dull automaton (Al Gore) or the haughty elitist (John Kerry) of the past two campaigns, combined with his hopeymcchangeyhopinesschangiocity rhetoric, drives their imaginations and infatuations.

But can Hillary's supporters really raise a ruckus and get a roll call vote and upstage the presumptive nominee, or manage little more than a hot flash of indignant protestation that accomplishes nothing in the end (or even boosts Obama's image as a magnanimous candidate)?

The DNCC released the headline speakers lineup, and will be rolling out more convention speakers and events over the course of the next week.

Completely unrelated--Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may host charity event during DNC

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