Still strong-willed for Hill

Things get nasty with Clinton supporters still fuming about the primary, but a chance for a summertime dinner under the stars with their favorite former front-runner could cool tempers.

Published July 29, 2008 4:39PM (EDT)

The Politico's Ben Smith reports on the continuing furor over Hillary Clinton's defeat in the Democratic primary. Looks like there are still some very bad feelings, often expressed rather crudely via nasty e-mails to the Democratic National Committee.

Most interesting are the caustic replies from DNC members pushing back. Coming on the heels of last week's announcement that Wisconin Democrats banned from the convention a Hillary delegate who publicly pledged her support for John McCain, these replies are timely and worth reading. (Given the fact that he supported Clinton and despite his once calling me a "f---ing a--hole" to my face, I have a newfound respect for former DNC chairman Don Fowler, who offers a great Celtics-Lakers analogy.)

In other Hillary-related developments, here is the page to which an e-mail solicitation will direct you to an appeal for a donation to retire the former presidential candidate's campaign debt. The e-mail opens with this line: "Summer is a time for simple pleasures: family vacations, baseball games, and dinner out under the stars. At least it is if you aren't running for president!" Points for self-deprecation.

If you contribute you and a friend could win a chance to have dinner under the stars with Hillary. It is unclear from the pitch how many people are chosen and by what method. (Random lottery? One couple per evening? Airfare and shuttle service to Chappaqua included?) But somehow I doubt that a $25 contribution is going to win you the chance to sip Chablis on a picnic blanket with New York's junior senator.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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