- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2007

E-mail frenzy

Yesterday was the day for attention-getting e-mail subject lines.

“Hello from Hillaryland” read an e-mail fromSen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, while Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign fundraising request asked: “What Inspires You?”

But former Sen.John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, took the cake with a “Haircuts and hatchet jobs” subject on an e-mail criticizing negative campaigning, Christina Bellantoni of The Washington Times reported yesterday on the Times blog Fishwrap.

“What happens when the candidate who will shake up Washington the most also has the best chance of getting elected?” the e-mail started. “Everyone who likes things just the way they are gets scared and goes on the attack. If they can’t attack the substance, they’ll create ‘scandals’ any way they can. We are fighting back hard, but we need your help.”

Mr. Obama, Illinois Democrat, took a different tack, asking for cash but promising, “This is the last you will hear from me until after the June 30th deadline.”

The Hillaryland memo was an update on the New York Democrat’s recent activities and encouraged supporters to host a debate-watching party July 23.

Mr. Edwards‘ deputy campaign manager, Jonathan Prince, said the other candidates are attacking his boss because they fear he is the only candidate who can win a general election, and called it a repeat of the 2004 campaign.

“Last time they attacked his hair; this time it’s his haircut. But it’s the same sad game. And this time, we can beat it,” Mr. Prince wrote, adding a postscript trying to debunk a New York Times story on the Edwards poverty center as overblown.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, had his own e-mail ploy — comparing himself to former President Bill Clinton.

“It was only 16 years ago that another small-state governor found himself facing better-funded and more well-known rivals. As late as December 1991, 70 percent of Americans didn’t even know who this candidate was,” wrote pollster Paul Maslin. “But by December 1992 Bill Clinton was preparing to move in to the Oval Office.”

Drafting Gore

The effort to persuade Al Gore to run for president is hitting the airwaves in Iowa.

The Draft Gore Committee aired its first radio ad yesterday on WHO-AM radio in Des Moines. The 30-second ad, dubbed “You Who,” features a chorus of voices urging the former vice president to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, the Associated Press reports.

The political action committee, which says it has gathered 94,000 signatures on an online petition, is not officially affiliated with Mr. Gore. The 2000 Democratic nominee has repeatedly said he has no plans to seek the nomination.

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