The Ready for Hillary PAC finance committee met in New York last month. There were representatives from 40 states and Europe all with the goal of convincing Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president. Ready for Hillary intends to close its doors if she runs but in the meantime is still working to give Hillary the kind of head start for a campaign never before seen in politics. They have nearly 3 million emails of supporters and more than 100,000 donors.
In politics nothing is ever inevitable and surely running and winning are definitely not. In the case of the Clintons, both Bill and Hillary, we have seen over the years how their popularity ebbs and flows depending on who is trying to tear them down at any given moment. Hillary’s current positive numbers are in the high 50 percent range and that is after the Republican Party has spent the last year trying to tear her down. Bill is most likely only surpassed in popularity around the world by the pope.
The feeling at the meeting was upbeat but there is an understanding that the right-wing conspiracy that Hillary spoke of back in the ‘90s is alive and well and will be nothing compared to the forces that will try to do anything to keep her from being president. There is a palpable fear in the Republican Party that if Hillary runs not only will she win but she will bring with her a Democratic Senate and help Democrats all the way down the ticket to state legislative candidates and even city council candidates.
The right wing cabal will be joined by what some are calling the whiny liberals (those who think that pushing Hillary to the very far left is the way to go), and the mainstream media who first like to build someone up and then try to tear them down. Then add those like Maureen Dowd at the New York Times who couldn’t say something nice about Hillary if her life depended on it.
Like many at the meeting, I believe that there should be a Democratic primary and a hard fought primary that she will win will only help Hillary in the general election. There was a day-long discussion with panels on a number of topics. Those participating included Adam Parkhomenko and Allida Black who began Ready for Hillary, and Craig Smith who has been a senior adviser from day one. Also speaking were James Carville and Paul Begala. David Brock of Media Matters moderated a panel with Joe Conason and Christopher Lehane; another panel was moderated by Peter O’Keefe and included among others Cristobal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Fund; Guy Cecil, executive director, Democratic Senatorial Campaign; and Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. One impressive young speaker was Dan Kessler of Brandywine Realty Trust in Pennsylvania. He has been working with Ready for Hillary setting up small donor events for Millennials across the nation. It is young people like Dan who will help to elect Hillary.
The final Ready for Hillary event in D.C. for 2014 will be held at the beautiful home of Esther Coopersmith on Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. You can still attend by visiting https://www.readyforhillary.com/events/washington-dec2 and pulling down the invited by section to Peter Rosenstein and join us at this fun event.