Saturday, February 02, 2008
Clash of the Titans:
In Los Angeles this Sunday morning: (CNN
In the run-up to Super Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton is planning a tour of African-American churches this Sunday in Los Angeles. A prominent elected official who will be joining him has described it as Clinton’s 'mea culpa tour' to the black community.
The politicians joining the former president on Sunday expect to visit a number of black churches in South Central Los Angeles, with additional stops possible in Inglewood and West Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles this Sunday morning: (barackobama.com
Get Out the Vote Rally in Los Angeles
Michelle Obama, Ms. Oprah Winfrey, and Caroline Kennedy will hold a Get Out The Vote Rally this Sunday in Los Angeles. The rally will be free and open to the public.
Sunday, February 3
301 Westwood Plaza
Doors Open: 11:30 a.m.
(UCLA is close to West Los Angeles)
Is it Bill's intention to "counter-program" the Obama event? It sure looks like it.
I'm sure Clinton is counter-programming. OTOH, from Wikipedia:
"Pauley Pavilion contains 10,337 permanent theater-style upholstered seats, plus retractable bleachers for 2,482 spectators, making a total basketball capacity of 12,829. This capacity has been exceeded several times for several men's basketball games by adding portable bleacher seating alongside the retractable bleachers. The single-game attendance record of 13,478 was set on February 23, 1997 (UCLA vs. Duke)."
I hope most of them vote, and I hope a few of them hit the pavement and help others vote for Obama.
I'm really pretty tired of hearing Hillary and Bill Clinton already. They'd be better than the Republicans but so would Gravel. (I mention him because apparently it's obligatory to mention that hopeless straggler.)
What a coincidence -- last Wednesday in Denver, BIll-ary scheduled a campaign stop at 9pm after Obama's speech that morning.
Two problems: one, it was snowing that night. And that might have lead to... two, over 12,000 people came to hear Obama, compared to under 3,000 for Bill and Chelsea. But I think that Obama's message and the organization/staff also worked to his advantage.
Yes, HRC and co thought that a later time would allow them to dominate the West coast news cycles as well as the local daily news at night and the next day. It didn't. Obama's smile was on the front page of both dailies and it was all everyone could talk about: the overflow capacity crowds and the visit by Caroline Kennedy.
Disclosure: I'm an unpaid volunteer for Obama's campaign. W00T!