Hillary Clinton Gets Her First Major Endorsement In New Hampshire

Veteran New Hampshire political operative Rep. Jim Splaine, state represenative of Portsmoth and Newington, strongly endorsed a Hillary Clinton candidacy in his NH Insider blog today. Splaine, sponsor of New Hampshire's First In The Nation primary legislation, has been involved in the presidential campaigns of a number of candidates over the years including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Sargent Shriver, Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Jessie Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Howard Dean.

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I have been involved in one way or another in every presidential primary campaign since 1960, when I was a little pup. Sometimes I've been more up front, others sometimes more on the back seat, but I've always had my "preference" and did some work helping him out. "Him" is the accurate operative word, because it happens to always have been one of those. Let's see if I can remember: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Sargent Shriver, Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Jessie Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Howard Dean, although I waited until almost the final week before our primary in 2004 because I was looking closely at Wesley Clark, John Kerry, and John Edwards. Tough choices there. . But if Hillary Clinton runs in 2008, I'm for her. When I first met this incredible woman in 1991, after she spoke I told her SHE should be the candidate for President. It wasn't an intentional slight at her husband. But after hearing her speak and answer a barrage of questions, it was clear to me that she was in her league. . She laughed at my comment. I don't think she will next time we meet. . No, Hillary Clinton isn't perfect. But she is a perfect fit for what we need in 2008: someone who can lead us on important issues like health care, national security, and economic stability. Sure, she's made mistakes - - like supporting the Iraq War. But she like many other Democratic Senators and Congresspeople were lied to about Weapons Of Mass Destruction. Fool her once, shame on them. She won't be fooled again. . In the United States Senate, Hillary Clinton has shown a passion and a vision that should impress anyone. Take a look at her WEBSITE: http://clinton.senat.... I've checked it often. She's all there. . So while I have seldom supported a candidate this early -- part of my passion in preserving the New Hampshire First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary all these years is my appreciation for the process that allows us to see candidates close-up and personal -- I do think that Hillary Clinton has the known qualities our nation needs. . There are other great potential candidates for 2008, some of whom I've seen and been impressed with. . Nationally and statewide, Democrats are rich in that we have a strong bench of excellent potential candidates for higher office-in-waiting. Compared with just a few years ago, we should all be happy dancing penguins right now. . But in my view, Hillary Clinton should be our President. In all my time seeing potential Presidents close up -- including a few of both parties who made it -- Hillary Clinton is in a league of her own now. . For Democrats in 2008, Hillary Clinton can win. For the American people, she can lead.

Tags: 2008, Hillary Clinton, jim splaine, New Hampshire, Presidential (all tags)

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Re: Hillary Clinton Gets Her First Major Endorseme

"For Democrats in 2008, Hillary Clinton can win. "

And for Democrats who happen to be in close contests in red states, they can just get ready to lose on behalf of Hillary.

by Jerome Armstrong 2006-12-05 02:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Clinton Gets Her First Major

That's the conventional wisdom.  Why even have an election at all?

by jgarcia 2006-12-05 02:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Clinton Gets Her First Major Endorseme

There is no polling yet on what effect it might have but I would doubt it would impact House and Senate candidates in 2008 unless they decided to closely associate their campaign with Clinton. As for local races there is usually very little connection between city and county officeholders and the presidential ticket.

It is too early to say but I think it could have the potential to cause a larger than normal turnout of Democratic voters especially women and minorities which could be for other Democrats on the ballot in 2008.

by robliberal 2006-12-05 03:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Clinton Gets Her First Major Endorseme

Whether the effect is little or not there's almost certainly going to be one.  Reps, Senators, and Governors will be affected by the person on the top of their ticket.  If it's Hillary it will be a negative effect for everyone outside of the North East and West Coast and they'll have to distance themselves from her and win despite her nomination.  If it's a nomination with widespread appeal, the nominee can help them by fundraising for them and having coat tails.

by blueryan 2006-12-05 03:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Clinton Gets Her

>>>>If it's Hillary it will be a negative effect for everyone outside of the North East and West Coast<<<<

Wow, look out Mudcat Saunders and James Carville.  The campaigns should just hire you.

I understand stating your opinions is what it's all about, but, wow, that statement is just brazen.

by jgarcia 2006-12-05 05:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Clinton

If Hillary gets the nomination I suspect we'll see a high turnout in the presidential election. Now that could be good news for democrats in lower ticket races or it could be bad news; really difficult to predict.

So much ballot-splitting goes on nowadays that I wouldn't be at all surprised if red states reject HRC and yet are prepared to back other dems so long as they make their case convincingly.

Sure the red state dems don't want HRC to get the nomination but where is this candidate that they do want? Obama is unlikely to do them much good either, nor Gore, certainly not Kerry. Edwards had little impact last time.

by kundalini 2006-12-05 03:08PM | 0 recs
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Was meant to be a reply to Jerome but must have pressed the wrong button.

by kundalini 2006-12-05 03:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Dilemma w/ Hillary &amp; Obama

That's exactly the dilemma with a Hillary or Obama . Can either one win, absolutely! Without a doubt, they both have a fair shot of winning the general election just like Edwards, Bayh, Clark has.

But the problem with a Hillary or an Obama is Red & Purple States. This can be devasting to our House, Senate & Governor candidates on a Presidential year. It also goes against the Real 50 State Strategy by Howard Dean. A Hillary or Obama will not campaign vigorously in places like VA,MT,NC,AR,, IN, TN because they would actually be a liability to Conservative/Moderate Democratic candidates in these Red states. It will also be very tough for our 1st term House members in these states to defend their seat in Red states with a very weak national ticket in their state.

Bush's popular vote majority in 04 came heavily from heavy Red states like MS,AL,ID,UT,OK because John Kerry had virtually no presence & was unpopular in these states. That's the dilemma with Hillary & Obama.

In fact, the Democratic party state chairmen in AL, SC, MS,IN,LA & WY have all publicly stated their " Hope" & "desire" that the Democratic nominee be acceptable & finally campaign & help in their states. They said that the last Democrat who was able to campaign & be accepted in these Red states was 1992 with Bill Clinton.

But from Gore in 00 & Kerry in 04, we saw how Senate, Governor, & House candidates in Red states in the South & Rocky Mountains, were Actually avoiding or bluntly running away from our national candidates.

I can remember our 2004 candidates in the NC & SC Senate race leaving the Democratic National Convention on after the 1st day of the 3 day event because they did not want be seen with Kerry on TV.

Can you blame them? Of course not. That's reality. Many voters in these Red & Purple states look to our National Democratic Party as so out of touch with their values.

And for those who will say that they should visit these states. I am not talking about that. Kerry & Gore visited many of these states maybe once in September. Then, they disappeared after. Not because they wanted to but it was a waste of time & money when you can focus on states that they could win. Plus, state & local candidates in these state DId not want Kerry or Gore campaigning with them.

Unfortunately, that's reality. This is what sets an Edwards, Clark & Bayh apart. Any of these men can campaign & actually be an asset to our House, Senate & Governor candidates in Red states.

If Expanding our Majority is important in 2008, Hillary & Obama  counters that wisdom.

by livyoga 2006-12-05 04:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Dilemma w/ Hillary &amp;amp; Obama

sounds like the only candidate on "our" side that you think could help our downticket races is a propped-up Zell Miller.

by jgarcia 2006-12-05 05:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Dilemma w/ Hillary &amp;amp;amp; Obama

jrgarcia,

Jerome,Blue,Kundali & myself  are all expressing a legitimate & realistic concern that has occurred repeatedly. Its the total disconnect between the national Democratic ticket & so called Red states.

We would all not be bringing up this point if it was some bullshit nonsense premise. But unfortunately, its a very fair & serious concern.

As I said even the State Democratic Chairs of SC, AL,MS & IN together with even the Governor of Wyoming have all expressed publicly their  serious concerns about having an 08 nominee who can finally be an asset to their more conservative Red states.

We're all Democrats here. There's no need to Spin things. It is what it is & concerns have to be brought out in the open.

Ignoring & Pretending this does not exist will not solve the problem. You may not want to hear it but it is what it is.

P.S. Since we will be defending a thin majority in Congress & many of the seats that we will be defending for the 1st time are in hard fought Red Districts, it is imperative that we have a strong national ticket which historically determines turnout in these Red states during Presidential election years. Not to mention finally being able to switch several significant Red to Blue states if we have the right candidate.

by livyoga 2006-12-05 09:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Dilemma w/ Hillary &amp;amp;amp;amp; Obama

Then that is sad.  And it's that thinking that sunk Dean.  I, for one, think that there may be a treasure-trove of female non-voters who would be motivated to vote for her, negating any supposed loss.

Look, rednecks in WY who didn't vote for Gore and Kerry probably won't vote for ANYBODY we put up.  Is that right or wrong?

by jgarcia 2006-12-06 09:52AM | 0 recs

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