Enemies List

The Clinton’s is extensive, from the New York Times:

Mr. Band keeps close track of the past allies and beneficiaries of the Clintons who supported Mr. Obama’s campaign, three Clinton associates and campaign officials said. Indeed, he is widely known as a member of the Clinton inner circle whose memory is particularly acute on the matter of who has been there for the couple — and who has not.

My immediate thought as I’m reading this; what are they going to do exactly? They don’t control the DNC, Congressional leaders, with the exception of Rahm and Schumer, do not particularly align with them, and she just lost what has just 8 months ago seemed like a near sure thing. But then this caveat at the end kind of struck me in particular.

When asked to name “these people,” Ms. Buell specifies “all the women who sold out Hillary.” She declined to volunteer names on her list but answered “all of the above” when read a roster of prominent women supporting Mr. Obama that includes Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas.

Now, one thing that sticks out to me that’s lacking in all of the Clinton post-mortems floating around is this; what if the Clinton campaign had actively cultivated and worked for support from women, instead of assuming large margins from female voters? What if, instead of having older, hardline feminists acting as though Hillary was entitled to the vote of every woman in the country, they had, I don’t know, campaigned to bring women under 45 or so into Clinton’s camp more solidly? And what if the South Carolina strategy of Bill Clinton had never pushed African-American women to Obama in huge numbers? If we’re going just on identity politics, wouldn’t we expect African-American women to break relatively evenly between the two factors? It seems to me like her inability to do just that was a principal opening in Obama’s victories.