Realistic but Positive: Terry McCauliffe's remarks on 3/26/08
I mentioned in a previous post that Terry McCauliffe made some interesting remarks at a recent reception. Here's a quick summary:
- Stop watching the cable news channels. They are not reporting the real situation, but, unsurprisingly, doing whatever they need to do to general audience share.
- The Clinton campaign intends to fight for each and every delegate, and will certainly remain in the race through Puerto Rico, the final primary (pending any changes in the Michigan/Florida situation).
- The Democratic Party - and the superdelegates - cannot afford to ignore the primary voters in Michigan (about 600,000 plus) or Florida (approximately 1.8 million), because the general election cannot be won without deep voting by Democrats in those states.
- If a week in politics is a lifetime, then the time between now and the Democratic Convention is many generations. Nobody knows what is going happen between now and then, what the facts will be then, what considerations will be in play.
- [Speaking with real fervency]: He, McAuliffe, has worked with the Democratic Party for 30 years [amazing, since he isn't a day over 29, and no nobody paid me to say it!], and he chaired the DNC during the days of Bill Clinton who had at that date more slung at him than any recent candidate. But now, in the face of much more incoming than Bill confronted, Hillary Rodham Clinton has proven to be "the most resilient politician", McAuliffe has ever seen.
- Voters respond to this.
- Don't kid yourself: it is going to be a dogfight until the convention.
- For Senator Clinton to prevail, she needs to take Pennsylvania by as wide a margin as possible. McAuliffe predicts between 10 and 20 points, and says that is sufficient to galvanize volunteers, donors, and voters in all the remaining contests. And Senator Clinton must win as convincingly as possible in all of those.
- They expect to do well, comparatively, in North Carolina and while a win there is unlikely, it does not appear impossible.
- Highest praise for Ed Rendell [again, spoken with extra fervency]
- Praise for many others, including Evan Bayh, for their loyalty and counsel.
- It is crucial that as many people as possible make phone calls to Pennsylvania, volunteer there and in the states after that. Signs everywhere please.