The campaign theme from the beginning has been that she will be ready on day one for administration of the executive branch of the
How her campaign has been administered is the public’s first insight as to how a Clinton White House will be administered. Surrounded by loyalists, unable to quickly change strategy to address changes on the ground, and no plan for the campaign beyond Super Tuesday – in a different context this sounds a lot like how the Bush administration charged into
If this is how she runs a campaign then why would we assume she will govern differently?
Eleanor Clift has these observations in Newsweek
… A visitor from another country recently paid a call on the
Clintoncampaign headquarters in Ballston, Va., a place just over the bridge from but light years away. He imagined he would be present at a moment of great triumph. Instead he found a campaign on the verge of imploding. Phone bank tables were unmanned. Bins full of mail sent over from the Senate sat unattended. A lot of young women, fanatical Hillary fans all, rushed about, seemingly unclear about what they were supposed to be doing. Other aides sat in front of computer screens, gloomily reading coverage of the campaign. Howard Wolfson and Phil Singer, the campaign's communications team, weren't speaking with anybody else, just doing their own thing, whatever that might have been. In short, it was not a happy family. Washington
The much vaunted
campaign operation, billed as the biggest, baddest game in town, had no post-Super Tuesday strategy because its leaders apparently didn't think one was needed. Whether that's due to arrogance or ignorance, it's the campaign equivalent of what President Bush did in invading Clinton without a post-Saddam plan. The primaries are in a very true sense a practice run for the White House, and if you emerge with high marks, as Obama has, it's a pretty clear statement of the kind of government you would run. Obama has shown a steadiness in demeanor and message. Iraq has blown through $120 million dollars, and her persona is more confused than ever. A Clinton Today cartoon captures the shifting moods with a political weather map and a "Five-day Hillary Forecast: Monday…Friendly; Tuesday…On the attack; Wednesday…Complimentary; Thursday…Hostile; Friday…Conciliatory." USA
wouldn't have brought her husband into the campaign so publicly if she didn't need him. It's like calling in the National Guard after the Panzer Division fails, quips a friend of Bill and Hillary. It's unclear how many ground troops would be needed to save Hillary's campaign now. Clinton
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