Letter to the Hillary Rodham Clinton Campaign

I sent this letter to the Clinton campaign. One for Barack and one for her. I entitled this one “Re: Stunning – But Real Change Is Still Needed.”

Dear Hillary,

I do not give money to campaigns. The problem with these campaigns is that they use too much money. In a time when the financial burden is so great on the average working person, to ask for money to put an ad on television is wrong. I’ve echoed these same sentiments to the Obama campaign. The both of you have raised and spent over $200 million US dollars. You supported your own campaign by giving it $5 million US dollars. How many Americans have $5 million dollars to give to a political campaign? Not many I gather. You talk about standing for 35 years of change, how about getting the money out of Washington, out of politics, and out of this country? That is real change. I am the change I want to happen so I will not give to your campaign. I believe Gandhi said something like that. Just so as not to plagiarize.

In reference to your latest successes, congratulations! Now, sit down with Barack and the Democratic leadership to really position the party for something special. McCain is gaining strength, and come November his election campaign will be unstoppable, if you and Barack continue to battle each other to the death. Stop with the negativity. You are giving McCain all the ammunition he wants to kill you, Barack and the Democrats. Don’t waste your supporters’ money by doing the same old “red telephone” fear ad. The American people aren’t stupid. Present your credentials as someone who understands national security. Show the people the truth and stop with the rhetoric, “Don’t you want someone who is ready on day 1.” Why not just say list your national security achievements? Why not list the decisions you’ve made on the Armed Services Committee? Why not just list your record? Don’t reference Barack in any way, shape or fashion. Like in Dragnet – “Just the facts mam…Just the facts.” No innuendos, hyperbole, or spin. This is what divides Democrats and loses supporters. Call out Barack if he crosses the line, like the Ohio mailer, but make sure that what’s on that paper cannot be spun. You waivered a bit and Barack used that, although I disagree with that tactic. Use due diligence and make sure all basis are covered before you go up there and refute the allegations because right now I’m not sure what to think. That said, I loved that show of emotion although I wouldn’t have gotten so hot under the collar.

I remember in New Hampshire seeing you get choked up and starting to cry a bit when someone asked you about the campaign. I believed, and still do, that that moment was real. That’s what won you New Hampshire. I saw you get on buses with donuts and coffee. I watched you interviews saying how you like to bake and clean. I saw how you were joking and laughing with common folk while sitting in their living rooms. That’s what won you New Hampshire. I saw your Saturday Night Live skit, and it was funny. I saw your David Letterman interview, and that was great. I know you did the Daily Show, and that was a good move. Stop being that technical, calculating, ‘experienced’ person, and show the American people your emotions. Try this, just once, improvise your speech. Don’t look at the teleprompter. Don’t use a teleprompter. Give the speech writers a night off and go in cold turkey. Be 100% Hillary Rodham Clinton. I like that Hillary Clinton. And so do the American people. Believe it or not this not the time to be tough as nails.

I think you and Barack are both fully qualified to be President of the United States and that should be your message. Always take the high road. Regardless of who “wins” or “loses” you are on the same team, and have the same ideals. Your plans and methods might be a little different but the core is the same. Don’t lose focus on the ultimate prize – The White House.


Wayne Malcolm

  1. March 6, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    I like this letter. Thought provoking. But a thing to ponder regarding campaign contributions.

    How much money do advertisers spend on their products? Compared to a presidential campaign, corporate advertisers spend on average much more.

    But, there are issues with campaign contributions, for sure, as you point out. It buys access. It hurts non-incumbents.

    In the end, is money the evil? Do you think more money (for more than just the top two candidates), as opposed to less, in a presidential campaign is better?

  2. Elizabeth B
    March 6, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    This election isn’t about white or black, female or male.
    However, given the choices, can Hilary lead both colors , both sexes, as an effective president, and can Obama, represent me, as a white citizen, effectively, if I was discriminated against by a black party?
    I do not feel that he can at this place in his life yet.

  3. March 7, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Perhaps on the surface, this election is not about race or gender. But underneath the chatter, this election is certainly about that, just as it is with our society in general. This country, both de facto and de jure, classifies by race and by gender. In our country’s history, when was the last time a person who wasn’t white and wasn’t male has a shot at winning the most powerful position in the world?

    The questions Elizabeth raises are certainly valid ones. But turn that question around for a quick hypothetical. Imagine you were born in 1940. You were not white. You were not male. Who can represent you as president?

  4. March 8, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Dear Mr. Cheeseburger 9000,

    I actually have very little problem with spending money on TV ads, but I think it has gotten quite out of hand. I mean Barack out spent like 4 to 1 on TV ads leading up to Ohio and Texas, and she still won. Where did all that money go? What real affect did it have on people other than noticing that Barack’s campaign has a lot of money to burn on TV? And these days the ads aren’t about the issues, they’re about fear tactics or just totally negative. If the common people demand difference it can happen.

    I guess in the end I feel that if campaign finance limits were more strict you would see more honest campaigns that actually spoke to the issues. I would rather have less money in presidential campaigns. I think public financing gives like 85 million for the actual presidential campaign – general election. If you can’t get your message out with that kind of money then something is wrong.

    Money isn’t necessarily evil, but you give someone enough money and they will find something to do with it, and most times those things aren’t positive.

    Thanks for the commentary.


  5. March 8, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Dear Elizabeth,

    This election shouldn’t be about race, sex, status, etc. But the reality is, it is. U.S. American history has been shaped by race relations. The history of the World has been shaped by race relations. Why would that stop now? Nobody really wants it to stop, I think. You know if Barack gets into the White House black people are going to be thinking – “Now WE have a president that will represent US.” And white people will be thinking – “I hope HE doesn’t ignore US…Just watch HE probably will forget about US.” Same with Hillary. Men will be like – “Oh no, now OUR lives are going to be that much tougher…WE are really going to hear about women’s rights and all that. All the time. WE won’t be able to do anything.” And women will be saying – “Now MY daughter has something to strive for…WE will finally get OUR say…It is time for US to take the lead in all areas.”

    Race relations define us to a degree and I don’t know why people run away from it. Stand up to it and kick it in the face. If you offend some people along the way then so be it they shouldn’t be offended anyway.

    This election is so unique on so many levels, and will change the course of history. Everything about this election has firsts. We are witnessing a full change in the way campaigns will be organized and executed. Mark my words, from academics to your common joe will be discussing this campaign for decades. And trust me when I say, race will always be a part of those discussions….It has no choice but to be.

    Thank you for the commentary.


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