Clinton campaign: the cat's meow

Dateline: Mon 10 Mar 2008

"Sniping by Aides Hurt Clinton's Image as Manager" is the headline in today's New York Times.

The story depicts a fractured Hillary campaign team that is often at each other's throats, and a candidate who prefers to keep her distance, delegate and refuses to reign in King Bill when he shoots his mouth off.

Here's an excerpt:

"The divisions in her campaign over strategy and communications, and the dislike many of her advisers had for one another, poured out into public as Mrs. Clinton struggled in February to hold off Mr. Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"But even as Mrs. Clinton revived her fortunes last week with victories in Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas, the questions lingered about how she managed her campaign, with the internal sniping and second-guessing undermining her well-cultivated image as a steady-at-the-wheel chief executive surrounded by a phalanx of loyal and efficient aides.

"'She hasn't managed anything as complex as this before; that's the problem with senators," said James A. Thurber, a professor of government at American University who is an expert on presidential management. 'She wasn't as decisive as she should have been. And it's a legitimate question to ask: Under great pressure from two different factions, can she make some hard decisions and move ahead? It seems to just fester. She doesn't seem to know how to stop it or want to stop it.'"

Those of us who support Obama admire that his campaign is about principles and not personalities. The question still remains: does he have the intestinal fortitude to take on the Clinton monster? We hope so, because four more years of Clintons seems far more dreary and damning than even the extended primary season....

Here's the link, for those who want the full story:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/us/politics/10clinton.html?th&emc=th

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