Friday, June 27, 2008

The fundraising summit: Part IV; the atmosphere

Some friends have asked for my sense of the "feel of the room". Ok. I am happy to report that, but please understand that this is just my own perspective. I did not care to stick around and chat with all and sundry. I think there were two groups in the room, each one developing a stronger identity the more Senator Obama spoke. One group reminded me of the caricatures of groupies: these folks are certain that Senator Obama will be the nominee (which is very likely) and they were trying very hard to show that they want him to include them in his program. The other, seemingly larger group, responded in a rather lukewarm fashion, ranging from even more annoyed by Senator Obama than before tonight to totally underwhelmed by him.

11 Comments:

OpenID regencyg said...

Sounds like that second group is the one that spoke with Larry over at NQ. You can only ring so much money out of love. Loyalty is not transferable.

June 27, 2008 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger Double Jointed Fingers said...

Thanks, Heidi. I ran here first thing this morning to get your take on the meeting. Senator Clinton is a class act and reading this hasn't changed anything for me. I still am unable to vote for Obama.

Cyn

June 27, 2008 at 7:24 AM  
Anonymous kavala007 said...

Thanks for you insight Heidi.

I cannot put my finger on it but something is not right. Did the fundraiser actually have something to do about money or was it a press opportunity for grandstanding by Obama? I consider his public "contribution" to Hillary Clinton's campaign to be a "slap in the face" to her and to her fundraisers. He could have quietly made a contribution. Announcing it at a fundraiser is beyond the pale but that's just my take.

June 27, 2008 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heidi,

Thank you for posting this so quickly. It was good to here that there are still some people whose loyalty and integrity are not for sale.

Were you able to tell them about your terrif fundraising day yesterday, and what was the reaction?

Nellie

June 27, 2008 at 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heidi, Thanks for your report! I can't thank you enough for your work for Hillary, but I also thank you for your wisdom. Many look up to you.

June 27, 2008 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your take on the meeting and I appreciate your intelligent approach. It is very difficult to get past the actions of the DNC, use of caucuses to determine the presidential candidates and the Obama's campaign's personal insults to Senator Clinton and President Clinton.

June 27, 2008 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I rushed right to this site this morning..thanks for your report. I am one unable to vote for Obama...it's not over yet.

June 27, 2008 at 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog has become a daily read for me to stay reality-based. Thank you.

Perhaps that second group is in accord with my sense that I will not, I cannot "come around" and "get over it" -- "it" being the corruption at the core of the Democratic party.

This is not just about the party's appalling treatment of my candidate. This is about the soul of the party itself -- the soul it sold. As for who is the devil in this, we will see.

But I'm seeing it from the outside now, after almost five decades of working for the Dems, well before I could vote. It's amazing that I thus may not vote at all. But there 'tis.

Anyway -- again, thank you, Ms. Feldman. Please keep writing, as I will keep reading.

June 27, 2008 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger lori said...

It is about the soul of the Democratic party and I don't want to see this great beast moved to Chicago and corrupted even further than the inevitiable.

We can run against John McCain in four years and have another decent shot at universal heathcare, and such. We can't run against Obama without splitting the party two elections in a row.


Thanks for the update, Heidi. I think there are many of us waiting for your full assessment of the evening and what you think and how you feel about the events.

June 27, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Rosann said...

Thanks for sharing your experience! The media is reporting it the way they WANT us to hear it. I will keep checking to see if you post the questions and answers that took place. I read one person's account of Obama responding to the sexism against Hillary with something along the lines of Michelle is dealing with it, too.

I saw clips of Obama answering ?s yesterday morning over how the Clintons would participate and it was ALL about what they needed to do for him. There's not a gracious bone in that man.

This morning I saw a clip of Michelle speaking and she gave great accolades to Hillary. I can't get past thinking how insincere. If she really believed that, she would know why Hillary's supporters took such great exception to the nasty images the Obama's put out to the people about Hillary.

June 27, 2008 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Grey said...

Thanks, Heidi! Good to see sober reporting of the event.

June 27, 2008 at 3:22 PM  

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