Hillary Clinton Gave An Iowa House Party And The Guests Preferred Bernie Sanders

Clinton House Party

We’ve heard about the huge numbers turning out for campaign rallies for Bernie Sanders. They are also turning out for house parties–including one put on by the Clinton campaign. The New York Times had an article on Hillary Clinton building her Iowa organization entitled, Stung in 2008, Hillary Clinton Builds a Formidable Team in Iowa. It looks like there is danger she will be “stung” again in 2016, with many at a recent house party for Clinton saying they prefer Sanders:

The careful, ground-up organizing seems designed to counter the kind of threat to Mrs. Clinton that has emerged from Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whose hard-left policies have inspired huge crowds at rallies. Many at the Clinton house party in Newton said Mr. Sanders was the candidate they were most drawn to. “I like everything he says,” said Dean Lane, who farms 1,800 acres of corn and soybeans.

“I’m a pretty wealthy farmer,” he added. “I think it’s ridiculous the way we treat poor people. Nobody wants to pay a dime in taxes.”

Few of the 45 in attendance signed the Clinton commitment cards or said they were ready to volunteer for her.

Amid the generous pouring of rosé and trays of local Maytag blue cheese, the house party seemed likely to leave a lasting glow with attendees when the time came to choose between Mrs. Clinton and an alternative. Ms. Mueller considered it a success because she had met many people she intended to contact over and over until the caucuses next year.

The challenge for Mr. Sanders, who is months behind Mrs. Clinton in organizing in Iowa, is to channel the passion of the many who turn out to hear him speak into a campaign infrastructure. His campaign says it has hired 33 organizers and also has 10 field offices in Iowa.

“The misconception is that there’s not organizing going on around” the impressive crowds, said Pete D’Alessandro, the campaign coordinator for Mr. Sanders in Iowa.

A third Democratic candidate, former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, plans to hire staff “across the state” by the end of the summer, his Iowa director, Jake Oeth, announced in a recent memo. In addition, a “super PAC” supporting Mr. O’Malley, Generation Forward, is gearing up to “knock on doors across Iowa soon,” according to its Facebook page.

Clinton still has the lead, but Sanders has the momentum–and the hearts and minds of many Democratic voters.

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5 Comments

  1. 1
    Michelle says:

    When Sen. Sanders' campaign is ready to organize in Northwest IN., I'm all in.

  2. 2
    eliz says:

    go to http://www.berniesanders.com/work There you will find a form to help out in your area!

     

  3. 3
    Chad says:

    Why wait Michelle?  Practically every Bernie group out there was started by someone who stood up and said that he is worth fighting for.  Check facebook for a local group and if there isn't one start one. Congratulations, you're the first member 😉

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Go Michelle, I would do it, but geography prohibits it.

  5. 5
    Cindy says:

    There are literally thousands of Bernie Sanders supportesr  web sites on Facebook alone, plus Bernie has a sizable presence on other social media platforms. Last night's meetings across the country were fantastic–there were 100,000+ of us in attendance! You can connect with your local group through the link above–they'll email and ask you how you can help. Don't be afraid to ask others online for help. I know several Indiana Bernie supporters online at Facebook, and they'd love to help you hook up with a local group. Go Team Bernie! #FeeltheBern #Bernie2016

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