February 11, 2016

Clinton Campaign, Tries, Fails To Lower Expectations For Nevada Caucus

After Hillary Clinton’s humiliating defeat in New Hampshire, her campaign is doing everything they can to stop the bleeding. One tactic is they’re trying is lowering expectations for the Nevada caucus, a contest Clinton won in 2008 against Barack Obama.

That 2008 victory should serve Clinton well, according to Rory Reid, Clinton’s 2008 Nevada chairman because she still maintains much of that winning infrastructure:

“Clinton ran a strong ground game against Barack Obama in Nevada in 2008 and has maintained much of that campaign infrastructure, said Rory Reid, son of Nevada political giant and former U.S. Senate President Harry Reid, who chaired Clinton’s 2008 Nevada campaign.”

To accomplish the task of lowering expectations, the Clinton campaign sent out Robby Mook, her current campaign manager and the leader of her efforts in Nevada in 2008, and campaign chairman John Podesta.

According to reporters Mook and Podesta spun them about how demographically similar Nevada was to Iowa and how that helped Sanders out:

Liz Kreutz: “Podesta and Mook also suggested to donors that Nevada will be a tight race; said demographics of state are close to Iowa, per source on call”

John Bresnahan: “There’s a sizable Hispanic population in Nevada, but about 80% of Dem caucus voters in that state are white.” That helps Sanders”

Yet veteran Nevada journalist Jon Ralston wasn’t buying what the Clinton campaign was lamely selling. He scoffed at the Clinton campaign spin as laughable, calling it a “canard” and “unreal”:

“Demographics of NV are close to Iowa! The Clinton Camp Canard continues. (Try saying that four times!). Unreal.”

“If Mook & Co. are projecting 80% white turnout in the caucus this cycle, they know something no one else does.”

On that diversity claim, the Clintons might also want to check with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who has taken to bashing New Hampshire and Iowa for their lack and diversity, while praising Nevada:

“In an interview, Mr. Reid said he was heartened that the Iowa and New Hampshire outcomes had heightened Nevada’s importance, and argued that this was appropriate, given the state’s diversity and interests. ‘I am glad that we are not going to be overshadowed by what happens in New Hampshire and Iowa,’ Mr. Reid said. ‘Why should a person’s ability to run for president be determined by New Hampshire and Iowa? They are not representative of America.’”