January 3rd, 2008
11:00 PM ET
14 years ago

For Clinton in Iowa - The party is over

CNN's Mike Roselli captured the mood at camp Clinton Thursday night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Long after the local and national TV outlets had turned away from her headquarters, Hillary Clinton was still going.

She worked the stage full of supporters that had assembled behind her. She hugged and shook hands with prominent backers such as Madeleine Albright and Terry McAuliffe and stopped to talk with Iowa surrogates who had become constants on her travels across the state. One woman decked out in full AFSCME regalia commanded the senator's attention until they were practically alone on the stage.

Sen. Clinton descended from the stage and worked the remaining fans pressed against the bunting clad ropeline, posing for pictures and signing autographs. She outlasted President Clinton, not one ever to leave a ropeline early.

Once the candidate had exited the ballroom, the campaign soundtrack looped for the umpteenth time as supporters milled about picking up signs, swilling beer, and posing for pictures at the podium where their candidate had just spoken.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. matt

    I've never laughed so hard or got so much joy from a canidates poor showing. I hope this angry, power hungry woman doesn't finish better than third in each and every primary. Hitlery can forget about it, and a nation can breath a sigh of relief.

    January 4, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  2. Dee

    I believe we should all lgive our opinions and not attack the candidates with unfounded statements especially if we are not even American. I resent that other person's statement about Obama being "very fake". What does that even mean?, " in Canada we all believe that, that Candidate is Hillary Clinton.", so what?. Iowa seems to differ, I say may the best candidate win and Hillary's changing motto makes one wonder about her call to being a steady candidate. Obama has always stood for change and I hope that he gets a chance to bring that to us!!

    January 4, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  3. Maya

    Hillary – you are my inspiration and an inspiration to millions of women around the country. So, we move on to VICTORY in New Hampshire and Super Tuesday where you will capture the nomination.

    January 4, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  4. Another Steve

    I am an independent and was shocked to see Iowa pick my favorite candidate in both parties. Experienced Washington politicians better wake up. People are pissed. I salute Iowans on their choices. The party is over for experienced ingrained Washington policians that don't represent the people anymore. Thankyou for choosing a person I can respect in both parties.

    January 4, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  5. Sudhakar

    Come election day, unfortunately for democrats Barack Hussain Obama is not going to beat Romney or Huckabee. The fact of the matter is, there is no way he is going to win any southern or midwest state with his color and his name.

    People are so fed up with Bush that they want a change and they don't understand that change cannot be bought by just demanding for it like Barack and Edwards do
    People can jump his "change" bandwagon, but does he expect he can get that in Capitol Hill?

    I honestly think Mitt Romney or Hillary are the better choices from both parties and we would do fine with either of them.

    January 4, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  6. Fullwood

    Yes, even as a Obama supporter I won't say it's over. Hillary is still in this. We'll work hard and her folks will work hard.

    January 4, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |

    People of America...let us not be swayed by Obama's words of change.His capacity to work for a CHANGE is overpowering the minds of ordinary citizen ...but pls. let's all pause & think twice the problem of our country deserves to be handled by person whose heart & mind is focus on THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...AND THAT PERSON IS HILLARY CLINTON.

    January 4, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  8. American Patriot

    I will vote against Hilary at all costs. I am one of the MILLIONS of Americans who she has polarized against. I do not believe a word that she says, she has no character and no honor. She will not represent me as long as I have a voice and a vote. This was a god day for America.

    January 4, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  9. American Patriot

    a very GOOD day indeed....

    January 4, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  10. Randy

    Obama? not too shabby for someone who has no idea what being President is all about compared to Hillary who was first lady for 8 years? experience means ALOT, especially in the climate we are now in, just remember the idiots who voted for Bush said they liked him because "He's the kind of guy you can sit and have a beer with, uh, yeah and we see where THAT ideology got us! So is it, "Obama, he's the kind of guy who you can sit and eat some corn with? My goodness Americans never learn, are we stupid enough to vote for someone with NO experience yet AGAIN? We may as well just drop the nukes on ourselves now and get it all over with. Hillary's experience is exactly what will lead to REAL change, Obama's bragging, being cocky and acting like a know it all will just get us in more trouble, just like BUSH did with his big mouth. I am voting Hillary and supporting her 110% no matter what happened in Iowa, and Iowa? well let's see, Reagen did NOT win in Iowa, he then became the President, Bush Sr. did NOT win in Iowa, he became President, Bill Clinton did NOT win Iowa either! PRESIDENT, please., Obama is all talk, Hillary has BEEN there, she will straighten out all of the mess we are in JUST like Bill did, how soon people forget.

    January 4, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  11. Vince Los Angeles

    TO: Jacob, Brockville, Ontario

    We don't tell you how to run your country.....STAY THE HECK OUT OF OUR POLITICS!!!

    January 4, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  12. Nick, New York

    Goooooood moooooooooorning Iowaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Well, here's my suggestion: Let Canada vote for Hillary... 🙂

    Barak Obama is the best choice for president and the only one to guarantee real change and a renewed sense of community in our country.

    He is the man of the people!

    January 4, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  13. Robert Bell

    Hillary's whisper campaign against Obama backfired. One could argue that the "Obama is a Muslim Terrorist" e-mails were from Republicans, until a Clinton Campaign worker was caught spreading them.

    Then, in an amazing show of Chutzpah, Clinton has lacky-boy Bob Kerry make a speech where he reinforces the "Obama is a Muslim" myth, while at the same time having warm and cuddly "accidental" meetings with a supporter who asks if she is "Christian" while her Sunday School Teacher materializes from the crowd.

    It was all telegraphed by the campaign staff themselves – the "softer side of Hillary tour" was little more than a soap opera and voters saw through this blatant attempt to paint herself as Mrs. Christian and Obama as the evil Black Islamic.

    In the era of TV campaigns, she might have been able to get away with this. But the information revolution has changed all that. Voters can go online now and debunk myths and campaing promises with the click of a mouse.

    And voters are used to gettting misleading e-mails and cons and frauds online – so they don't trust whisper campaigns and bogus e-mails anymore. After you've been phished and scammed 1000 times, why would you believe a mass-forwarded e-mail?

    And Clinton financial scandals cannnot be explained away until a "news cycle" has passed. The Internet allows access to archives in all the major newspapers – so all of the Clinton's misdeeds from the past are here for us to examine at any time. And there is a treasure-trove of real wrongdoing on the part of the Clintons.

    It is a new era of campaigning, and Hillary is using the 1992 model, which doesn't work. You can't manipulate voters as easily as before. TeeVee addicts and idiots might fall for the sound-bite and the planted story. But too many of us prefer the interactive nature of the Internet, and can research claims and stories in seconds.

    January 4, 2008 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  14. Robert Bell

    Watching the caucus in Des Moines live on CNN.com wihtout commentary was interesting. Much better than TeeVee where some "commentaor" has to interrupt every 2 seconds to tell you what he thinks is important, or cutaway to an SUV commercial.

    Instead we were treated to raw footage of a real caucus, including actual conversations caught on shotgun mike.

    After the inital caucusing, it was clear that there were "non-viable" candidates. Obama had nearly 3 delegates, while Edwards and Clinton had 1 each, and the rest were "non-viable".

    They caught the precinct captains for Edwards and Clinton talking on tape. The Clinton captain told the Edwards Captain that they should send some of their supporters to one of the "unviable" candidates, to deny Obama an extra delegate.

    It was an interesting strategy in more ways than one.

    The Edwards precinct captain took the Clinton captain at his word and worked to send delegates to Richardson.

    Meanwhile, the Clinton captain went back on his word to the Edwards Captain, and actively recruited non-viables to the Clinton camp.

    Net result? After the re-caucus, it was Obama with 3 delegates, Clnton with 2, Edwards and Richardson with one each.

    The poor Edwards Precinct Captain was sandbagged by the Clinton captain. He was about ready to cry, I think. If he just stuck with the idea of getting more votes for Edwards, he might have snagged an additional delegate. Instead, he concentrated on trying to be a spoiler for Obama, egged on by the Clinton Precinct Captain.

    Moral: Never Trust a Clintonite!

    Caucusing is sure interesting. The delegate strategies are like chess. Or at least checkers....

    January 4, 2008 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  15. Jose

    Obama is the man for the job.......granted he lacks experience but where has experience taken us? To a pointless war and a economic crash......Thank you George Bush a man full of experience

    January 4, 2008 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  16. rafael

    when are you hillary lovers going to open your eyes hillary is not qualified to lead nothing. You all talk like she was a vp or something she is just a senator and not a extraordinary one at that. let's be real if her last name was anderson and not clinton she wouldn't have any percentage points. She says look at her record ok let's do that. she voted for the iraq war which was a mistake she voted to name iran a terrorist organization then we found out they stopped the nuclear plan four years ago another stupid vote that hillary made. We can not elect a president just because of name recognition. Hillary is a extraordinary women, but she is not what we need we need a fresh start not a rehash of a old one. What i like about obama is that he doesn't embelish his resume like hillary does claming that he has experience that he doesn't have like hillary.

    January 4, 2008 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  17. Dr. SKC Ogbonnia

    Few things went wrong in her campaign. The Press and THE PRESS. America press is too biased to be free.

    January 4, 2008 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  18. Dr. SKC Ogbonnia

    Few things went wrong in her campaign. The Press and THE PRESS. The American press is too biased to be free.

    January 4, 2008 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  19. Doris Murphy

    Maybe the Hill's Blue Haired Brigade of 65-year-old women might have more luck in New Hampshire. Keep truckin, Old Ladies, keep on truckin'

    January 4, 2008 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  20. Rosemarie Lee

    Hilary will still come back. Stop selling her short....

    January 4, 2008 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  21. DerbyDaddy

    For a Washington insider who is part of the problem and with little to zero experience, Hillary seems to have the Clintonesque "gift" for perfect hypocracy in her campaign slogans. However, I doubt she has the Billy Bob "two-step" comeback manuever for dancing out of disaster. Welcome to Des Moines and welcome to your political graveyard Hillary.

    January 4, 2008 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  22. Allan Jackson

    A change is gonna come and Barack Obama is the man who is bringinging it about. He may not be "experienced" as his opponets keep saying, but he knows what the americans want and he is prepared to deliver. Go, Obama!

    January 4, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |

    It's OVER!

    Look at those signs. Some are still stacked neat. Looks like a staffer got angry, then drunk,( note: wine glasses with spillage) and just threw them on the floor.


    January 4, 2008 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  24. Robert Bell

    The Party's Over, it's time to call it a day.
    They've burst your pretty balloon and taken the moon away.

    It's time to wind up the masquerade.
    Just make your mind up the piper must be paid.

    The Party's Over.The candles ficker and dim.
    You danced and dreamed through the night,
    it seemed to be right just being with him.

    Now you must wake up, all dreams must end.
    Take off your make up, The Party's Over.
    It's all over, my friend.

    January 4, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  25. ifeoma hill

    i think that the democrats are setting themselves up for failure in november. barack obama will not win in november no matter what the so called american press want people to believe.if the democrats cotinue to buy the bull that the press is selling , they will live to regrate it.hillary is their hope of winning.eventually, people will see obama for the fony that he is.

    January 4, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
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