ABC News has learned that a group of Democratic politicos have set up a new independent 527 organization called the American Leadership Project (ALP) with the express purpose of helping Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, beat Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in Ohio, and possibly Texas and Pennsylvania as well.
Free from campaign finance rules, ALP will not be legally permitted to coordinate with the Clinton campaign, but it is clearly intended to help her.***
“Our purpose is to encourage audiences to look beyond the campaign speeches and political rhetoric to specific proposals to address these core issues,” says an ALP mission statement obtained by ABC News.
The plan right now is for the TV ads to never actually mention Obama — rather, the statements about rhetoric vs. reality will go after him through implication, the contrast between Clinton and Obama already being so well-known.
Of course, the Clinton campaign is pulling their best Sgt. Schultz and knows nothing, nothing at all about this. Earlier, a valid question was raised in the comments:
Looking over the race, how much of Obama’s criticism of Clinton have been o f the nature that would harm her and the party’s chances in the general election? I seriously cannot think of any. While everything—EVERYTHING—coming out from the Clinton camp is stuff that can be picked up and used by the Republicans in one way or another or is designed to damage him as a candidate going forward as much if not more than it impacts him now…
He seems to have stuck more or less to contrasting the two of them before Democrats while she goes on stage last night and claims he’s not ready to be PResident.
They will destroy the Democratic party rather than give up this nomination. And don’t tell me I am a Clinton hater for pointing out what is now obvious to everyone. The only thing the Clinton campaign can do at this point is go negative, and they are going to go full-bore negative.