As the latest batch of almost 2,000 emails from Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta were just released today, I caught one email that gave a very candid view of Hillary’s “negative” campaign.
This latest leaked email is from Brent Budowsky who is a political opinion writer and blogger for The Hill and The Huffington Post. The email is dated January 21, 2016, and appears to be an urgent plea for Hillary Clinton to turn around her campaign strategy. He states that Democrats are “appalled and losing confidence” in Clinton and her campaign’s ability to realize this election is not going to be won by her touting her presidency as a “third term of Obama”.
The subject line is “Hillary almost 100% negative”, and the email describes how Clinton’s campaign is in “very big trouble” and that she doesn’t understand this fact, or understand why. Brent Budowsky writes very candidly, that Hillary has high negativity ratings and cannot base her campaign on status quo policies.
He also makes a jab at CNN reporter Dan Pfeiffer, who earlier this year said that this election is not a “change election”, implying that voters really want more of the same, which translates to a 3rd term of Obama’s policies through Hillary Clinton. These pundits must realize by now how very wrong and out of touch they are with the electorate, as this has shaped up to be the biggest change election in a generation.
Brent also makes references to Hillary’s flip-flopping agenda and policies based on whatever she believes the voters are receptive to at the time, stating “she cannot be a centrist one day and a liberal the next day”. This seems to go along with the statement by Obama during the primaries in 2008 when he said that Clinton will say anything to get election.
Budowsky ends the email by stating that he hopes friends of the Clinton’s will speak as candidly as he has, and assures Podesta that his views are “widely shared among people who consider themselves her friends
A link to this email on Wikileaks can be found here.
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 2016-01-21 20:36
Subject: Hillary almost 100% negative
Almost every message being projected outward from her campaign is negative, and a candidate with high distrust ratings should not be doing this, and my phone has been ringing and my email box has been full with Democrats who like me who support her but who, like me, are appalled and losing confidence.
I have never seen anything like this.
This campaign is devoid of positive messages, uplifting appeal, and coherent rationale.
And bluntly, it is getting to the point where every word she utters, there are more young people and first time participants in politics who support Bernie who would not support her in a general election no matter how hard I and others try to persuade them…..and whoever persuaded her that running for Obama’s third term is the way to win a general election is far removed from American politics in 2016, and if they think she can constantly shift her position they do not understand the depth of distrust of her and the damage it does…. and they do not understand in the modern communications environment she cannot be a centrist one day and a liberal the next day because images and impressions are formed and locked in far earlier than in the 1970’s to 1990’s.
This is a campaign that has never had a compelling rationale and now has lost its way into a sea of negativity…..the way for her to be elected is to solve the first problem, and develop some uplifting reason for voters to support her, and not to create a second problem, running a negative campaign without a positive message and vision…..
8 point programs, no matter how worthy, do not create a purpose or a rationale or an inspiration……negative politics from a candidate with high negative ratings attacking a candidate with positive high ratings is the political road to hell.
I strongly suspect she has been sold a bill of goods from Obama consultants who became Hillary consultants, but whoever is the cause, and whatever is the motive, something is horribly and terribly wrong with this campaign…..and when Dan Pfeiffer says on CNN that this is not a change election he has his head nine feet up his ass…..this is a change election, dammit, and Hillary Clinton is running as the candidate of the status quo and that is the worst possible place to be…..and her sycophantic adoration of Obamacare is absurd and totally out of touch with the reality of general election politics….
This campaign is in very, very big trouble and I see zero evidence that Hillary Clinton either understands this, or understands why….
I hope others are being as candid with you, and the Clintons, as I am. I assure you my view expressed here is very widely shared among people who consider themselves her friends…..Brent
Sent from my iPad
A great look into the mindset of staunch Democrats in the media and how they really viewed the Clinton campaign, admitting that she is not a change candidate and will say whatever it necessary to get elected, regardless if she actually believes it or not.