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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Clinton’s Seattle Pushback

posted by on December 11 at 11:15 AM

Like Postman, I recently received two notable political emails, one yesterday and one today, both of them timed to take some air out of Barack Obama’s appearance at Showbox SoDo tonight.

The first came yesterday from the Clinton Campaign, announcing a Who’s Who list of Washington supporters for her “Washington Steering Committee.” (Full list in the jump.) Among those on the list was “Democratic Activist” (and professional political consultant) Christian Sinderman, who this morning sent out the second email, this one more of a direct jab at Obama:

Here’s a little item from last week on Obama dissing Microsoft on the east coast while now he returns to Seattle to continue raising money from MSFT employees (and others who benefit from the Microsoft presence in our region)… Open Secrets indicates that Microsoft employees have given Obama over $37,000 in contributions.

The link is to an account of an interview Obama gave to the Boston Globe editorial board. It was described on a Globe blog thusly:

Obama also dismissed doubts that he lacks experience as a chief executive, saying launching his candidacy was akin to launching a $100 million start-up against the “Microsoft of Democratic politics” — the Clinton campaign — and raising more money than his main rival and creating a better on-the-ground organization.

Ok. So Obama dissed one of Washington’s major employers. A little bit. Maybe. (Though probably not in a way many Microsoft employees would find that disagreeable, or wrong.)

But this seems a little… Petty. It has echoes for me of that whole attack by the Clinton campaign on Obama’s alleged kindergarten writings. When that attack played badly, the campaign had to backtrack and claim it was only a joke.

I don’t know if this rises to quite that level of embarassment, but it does remind me of a joke Obama made at the Oprah-Obama event I attended in Des Moines over the weekend. Pushing his theme that the Clinton people are running a “textbook” campaign and are trapped in old tactics that he’s trying to rise above, Obama recounted the kindergarten papers incident. And then, flipping into a funny poke at Clinton’s unreleased White House records, Obama said something like:

You know, I’m going to be releasing my kindergarten papers tomorrow.

He promised detractors would find only that he’d written something innocent, something like “MOM.”

Here's the list of local Clinton supporters:

Co-Chair, Congressman Jay Inslee

Co-Chair Gary Locke, Former Governor of Washington

Co-Chair Ron Sims, King County Executive

Cathy Allen, Democratic Activist, Seattle

Stan and Alta Baer, Community Leaders, Seattle

Nancy Biery, Consultant, Seattle

Brian Bonlender, Chief of Staff, Rep. Jay Inslee, Yakima

Maura Breuger, Democratic Activist, Bainbridge Island

Larry Brown, Legislative and Political Director, IAM 751, Seattle

Katherine Cheng, Community Activist, Seattle

Martha Choe, Former Seattle City Councilmember

Rick Desimone, Former Chief of Staff, Senator Patty Murray, Tacoma

Pam Eakes, Founder, Mothers Against Violence in America, Mercer Island

Jeff Gombosky, former Spokane State Representative, and Melissa Gombosky

Jim Kainber, Former Executive Director, Washington Democratic Party, Olympia

Joe King, Former Speaker of the House, Vancouver

Sharmila Kotelawala, District Director, Rep. Jay Inslee, Mountlake Terrace

Laurie McDonald Jonsson, Business Leader

Lorrie McKay, Community Activist, Seattle

Linda Mitchell, President, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, Seattle

Aaron Reardon, Snohomish County Executive, Everett

George Scarola, Legislative Policy Director, League of Education Voters, Seattle

Delee Shoemaker, Former Senior Staff, Gov. Locke, Seattle

Sandra Schroeder, President, American Federation of Teachers-Washington, Tukwila

Christian Sinderman, Democratic Activist, Seattle

Whitney Williams, Democratic Activist, Seattle

Grace Yuan, Attorney, Seattle

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Oh no! He can take donations from people that work for a giant corporation, and then still find a way to be critical of that corporation? That's not the kind of man we want in the White House, is it? We want people who suck up to their donors, and know that Corporate America is in charge!

Posted by Levislade | December 11, 2007 11:37 AM

Is this the best the Clinton campaign can do? Enough with this bullshit! Either get ahead by coming out with some nice big ideas, or go home. Sheesh.

Posted by NaFun | December 11, 2007 11:39 AM

Yah... I wouldn't call that a diss. All he did was use Microsoft as an example of a large powerful company. Which it is. He didn't say anything bad about MS, just that it would be hard to launch a competing startup. Which it is. I don't think an analogy based on facts qualifies as "dissing".

Posted by X37V | December 11, 2007 11:51 AM

A double stand AND sexist!

Good for you.

Woman are "petty". You seldom hear men described that way in politics.

But more importantly it is a double standard. Edwards and Obama have thrown every single charge they can think of at Clinton, big or small. Yet they don't get call it on it.

Clinton fights back and she is smeared as "petty."

Posted by Dickie Flatts | December 11, 2007 11:55 AM

the difference b/t the microsoft remark and the Kindergarten remark is that his was made at least somewhat impromptu rather than as a part of a research memo distributed to the media.

Posted by chris brandow | December 11, 2007 11:58 AM

So merely using the word Microsoft to allude to a large, wealthy corporation is a dis? Sounds like some world leader I know.

Why do you people love Microsoft so much, again? Employing all of your most stuck up nerdy friends isn't a good enough reason.

(THAT was a dis, BTW.)

Posted by K | December 11, 2007 12:33 PM

Hey Eli, you went to Des Moines this weekend? Are you going to the event tonight?

Just a warning, expect to have an onslaught of Obama supporters posting here. Ben from Politico linked to this post, and his blog is pretty highly populated by us/them, despite his favorable tendencies to Clinton.

Dickie, just because Clinton uses petty politics doesn't mean it has anything to do with her gender. It is possible to view her campaign decisions and the subsequent reactions as unrelated to sexism, feminism or otherwise. Just a suggestion.

Posted by Graham | December 11, 2007 12:59 PM

Wow, this is the best HRC can do? I wonder why her lead is slipping, oh wait, read the above article.

It would be great to see HRC backtracking on supporting an Iran war, using nuclear weapons, and her vote for the Defense of Marriage act, but instead she backtracks on some mud throwing.

And I don't care how big Microsoft is, its still a big bastard company that would kill orphans if it made them some money. They love a monopoly, like HRC, and will break the law to do it.

Posted by Just Some Guy | December 11, 2007 1:28 PM

Wow a who's who of paid political hacks (all listed as "activists" - who knew activists had big paychecks for showing up?) and the old guard of the Democrat party...maybe Ron Sims can give advice to HillBill on how to win Washington State, given his successful bids for US Senate and Governor! Maybe he can learn some more double bubble talk from HillBill!

Posted by exdemo | December 11, 2007 1:30 PM

Thanks for posting the list of Clinton supporters. I'm making a copy and will be sure to share it. I already had a few of these folks on MY PERSONAL LIST OF WHO NEVER TO VOTE FOR.

Posted by donna L. | December 11, 2007 4:10 PM

Bareback Osama is a giant queefing DOUCHE BAG! Just like the marketing army that keeps Oprah in the right fashions, hair, make-up and diet, Obama/Osama is being marketed in a pretty whitified package! An army of writers and image consultants have now taken over... He has no soul- it has been sold to Oprah and her evil power/money hungry minions!

Posted by Madge-YoursoakingINIT! | December 11, 2007 4:52 PM

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