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Monday, August 11, 2008

Behind the scenes with Clinton's campaign...

This article from Politico states what everyone knew this campaign season...Hillary Clinton's campaign wanted to use Obama not "being as American" (i.e. white) as a strategy after the disasterous opening primaries. Mark Penn, her top campaign consultant, wanted to use Obama's lack of "connection to American values and culture" as a weapon.

Favorite quote:

"Every speech should contain the line you were born in the middle of America American to the middle class in the middle of the last century."

Clinton, to her credit, didn't follow through for the most part on Penn's plan. It seems she couldn't make any decisions at all.

"“The anger and toxic obsessions overwhelmed even the most reserved Beltway wise men,” Green writes. “[H]er advisers couldn’t execute strategy; they routinely attacked and undermined each other, and Clinton never forced a resolution. ... [S]he never behaved like a chief executive, and her own staff proved to be her Achilles’ heel."

Never forcing resolutions? Never behaved like a chief executive? That doesn't sound like someone ready to lead at 3 a.m.

Not that I have anything against Hillary Clinton. She's an awesome person and someone that I would have supported whole heartedly had she won the nomination. But some on the Virginia left (by some I mean one) still believe Clinton is going to storm Denver, take over the nomination and win an easy electoral victory. Doesn't look like it.

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