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Hillary Goes High Tech in Non-Concession Speech, Solicits Online Endgame Input; Did She Go Underground to Duck Barack's Call?

BY Dan Manatt | Tuesday, June 3 2008

UPDATE: Reporters were puzzled by the Clinton camp's choice of venue last night - an underground gymnasium with no cell reception. Now we learn, via NBC's First Read, that Sen. Obama and his campaign tried to reach Sen. Clinton by cell phone several times through the night to congratulate her on her win in South Dakota - unsuccessfully.

Did Hillary borrow a page from Steve Jobs and intentionally pick a rally site with no cell reception – to duck Obama's calls??? I know, I know... Conspiracy theory. In any case - an interesting metaphor - the only way she and Bill (especially Bill - cellphone victim many times over) can avoid cellphone problems is by going underground - literally.

Interesting metaphor for the first real e-Lection.

UPDATE #2
Markos/DailyKos on Hillary's online input solicitation – it may just be about money: http://dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/6/3/233532/1250/967/528892

ORIGINAL POST: Hillary Clinton gets less credit that she deserves for he Web campaign – probably due to Web demographics. That said, she has a knack for embracing it even tighter in hours of need - til recently, especially financial need.

But tonight, to a bigger degree than perhaps any time in her campaign, she went interactive: she seemed to suggest her decision to concede the race to Obama would lie in the HillaryClinton.com community. In her non-concession speech, she said:

"Now, the question is: Where do we go from here?... This has always been your campaign. So... I want to hear from you. I hope you’ll go to my Web site at HillaryClinton.com and share your thoughts with me and help in any way that you can."

OpenLeft.com's Chris Bowers takes her at her word in a post:

"Since she asked, I suggest that you send her a message on her website. Tell her that it is time to suspend her campaign ASAP, and acknowledge that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee. Really, this needs to happen tomorrow, because otherwise the media focus will be on Clinton's refusal to concede and a continued division within the party. However, I will settle for Thursday, at the latest."

(Surely Peter Daou should have realized the mastermind behind google bombing might do something like this).