Hillary initiates assimilation campaign for women

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HAT TIP: NEW YORK TIMES

WASHINGTON, March 5 — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin an ambitious effort on Tuesday to enlist thousands of women to play roles in her presidential campaign, hoping to build on the enthusiasm her candidacy has stirred among female voters at early campaign events.

Mrs. Clinton will announce the drive, which will unfold through March to coincide with Women’s History Month, in a speech at the annual luncheon held by Emily’s List, a political group favoring Democratic female candidates who support abortion rights that has already endorsed her.

The campaign intends to use social networking tools and other Web technology to develop a thousands-strong Women’s Leadership Network, which would promote Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy nationwide and, by this fall, hold campaign events and take part in fund-raising.

“When a woman has an important question, like who’s a good doctor, they’re more likely to talk to another woman,” said Ann Lewis, a senior adviser to Mrs. Clinton. “If we can get a discussion going among women about the campaign, and Hillary as a candidate, it would be hugely important.”

Clinton advisers are also devising campaign roles for prominent female supporters who made breakthroughs in their own fields, including the tennis champion Billie Jean King; Geraldine Ferraro, the vice-presidential nominee in 1984; and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

8 thoughts on “Hillary initiates assimilation campaign for women

  1. rikyrah

    Assimilation campaign for women

    Hee hee hee

    I do love your title.

    The Borg Queen getting her Queenlettes ready.

  2. denise

    I’m ain’t hatin’ on Hiliary for seemingly having the BACKBONE to reach out to women rather than distance herself. Apparently, the strategy only works for black candidates with black people.

    I can’t imagine how ridiculous it would appear to Jews if Joe Lieberman were to run a presidential campaign with a staff comprised of 98% black people? Jews would -kick him to the curb in a heartbeat and rightly so.

    But when we question the appearance that Obama has distanced hmself from us (except when pimping black civil rights milestones) in order to appeal to whites, we’re labeled house n—-rs and slaves?

    ROFL Whatevah!! Dat’s “Mizz Neicie” to you, suh!

    Kudos, Hillary! Do ya thang, girl.

  3. Who’s the sista in the pic? I hope she’s not there for window dressing and photo ops, without a damned thing to do that’s useful for the Borg Queen.

    We already had that in Donna Brazile during Al Gore’s 2000 campaign.

  4. denise

    p.s. I’m not a Hillary supporter, but I do recognize the importance of defining who you are (not who everyone want you to be) and letting the chips fall.

    Recognizing the importance of and reaching out to women is a step in the right direction. Anyone who gets “mad” at her for that wasn’t seeking to do anything but control her anyway.

  5. “Mrs.” Clinton is playing smart politics and demonstrating that she is thinking long term. More women are registered voters than men. And more importantly, women are more likely to show up at the polls–especially married, professional women. Over 70% of married women who are registered actual show up at the polls–making them one of the most reliable voting groups along with the growing 60 and over population. Clinton knows she will needs these voters–not to say she is not interested in women’s issues–but campaigning is about getting votes.

    I think it would be really innovative to see Clinton (or any of the candidates) go after the one group of women who tend not to vote–young, single women with low to moderate income. This would incorporate a lot of women of color and working class women who tend not to vote because their lives are somewhat in transition (between high school and college or working in the real world) and do not have the permanent ties of a husband or children.

    On another note, while we are seeing all of the Democratic candidates negotiate their relationship with Black voters, we are not hearing any long term agendas, plans or programs like this for Black voters because we are not reliable as voters. Although we are registered in numbers comparable to the White voters, it is a gamble as to whether or not we will show up at the polls. Black voter turnout was moving in positive directions of course until the 2000 presidential election when many of our brothers and sisters votes were thrown out. Unfortunately, too many responded by doing exactly what people wanted in the first place–not voting at all.

    Hopefully the recent midterm election revealed that Black voters are going to start showing up at the polls again. And I think all of the candidates are using the primaries as a test period to see to what extent we are going to show up.

  6. dblhelix

    Single women voted Kerry 64-36, but, only one half eligible to vote bothered. 21 million eligible to vote stayed home in 2004.

  7. rikyrah

    Single women, young people and Blacks could completely swing this election – if they got out and voted. That’s why the evangelicals are so powerful – they march to the polls.

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