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A Tale of Two Emails

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, May 7 2008

Immediately after the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton raised $10 million (or something) and told us all about it. Terry McAuliffe, her campaign chairman, sent email messages trumpeting the good news about new money and new donors. The campaign had momentum, and it wanted to tell the world all about it. Today's email was almost funereal in comparison. Hillary defensively restated her case for sticking around for the final 28 days of voting, perhaps dimly aware of the growing chorus of calls for her to drop out (those are mighty strong earplugs she wears). There was no celebration.Meanwhile Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe sent an email this afternoon cataloguing Clinton's loans to her own campaign ($6.4 million in the last month, $11.4 since February) and called upon Obama supporters to donate once again. "We need to show that the voices of more than 1.5 million ordinary people donating whatever they can afford are more powerful than one person giving more than $11 million to their own campaign." In these two emails we see two campaigns going in vastly different, and opposite, directions. One is jubilant and confident, the other fighting for a reason to keep on keeping on.