Sunday, February 10, 2008

Jefferson-Jackson Dinner | Clinton Replaces Campaign Manager

Crooks and Liars

Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both spoke at last night’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Richmond, Virginia. Senator Obama had a HUGE night last night, sweeping the primary in Louisiana and the caucuses in Washington, Nebraska and also won in the U.S. Virgin Islands, by a margin of 3 to 1 on average. While there’s no doubt he’s gained momentum, Senator Hillary Clinton looked confident, railing against President Bush which got a big reaction from the crowd. Clinton says she’s ready to take on John McCain in November.
Clinton replaces Campaign Manger
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Breaking: Hillary Top Staff Being Reshuffled; Solis Doyle Replaced As Campaign Manager

've just obtained an internal Hillary email from campaign manager Patty Solis Doyle to Hillary's staff announcing that in a reshuffling of the campaign's inner circle, she's leaving the post of campaign manager, and is being replaced by longtime trusted aide Maggie Williams:
Over a year ago Hillary launched her campaign for President.

Her announcement began a historic effort that has inspired millions and brought hundreds of thousands to their feet all across this nation.

I have been proud to manage this campaign, and prouder still to call Hillary my friend for more than sixteen years. I know that she will make a great President.

This has already been the longest Presidential campaign in the history of our nation, and one that has required enormous sacrifices from all of us and our families.

During the last month I have been working closely with my longtime friend, Maggie Williams.

This week Maggie will begin to assume the duties of campaign manager. I will serve as a senior adviser to Hillary and the campaign and travel with Hillary from time to time on the road. Maggie is a remarkable person and I am confident that she will do a fabulous job.

Although I will continue to see you all at headquarters, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank each of you for your dedication, excellence, and passion over the last year.

You are the best campaign staff in the history of Presidential politics and I am grateful to each of you for your hard work and friendship.

The replacement of Doyle was first rumored after Hillary's loss in Iowa, but the chatter of her impending departure vanished with her subsequent victories. Now Dolye, who's been with Hillary for many years, is out at a moment where the campaign faces a dark February, during which she may not win a single contest.

Campaign Clinton has to get through the next month which as TPM points out, is pretty much all bad news.

By reshuffling their campaign manager, they get new energy, blame the failure on someone, and are able to assure the big donors "it was all Solis Doyle's fault but we're on the right track now." This is what had to be done in order to keep the money flowing.

At least one reporter doesn't think Obama's home state of Hawaii will be an Obama walk-over. He reports the Democratic establishment and Clinton are building a firewall against Obama.

In the meanwhile, February looks full of brick walls for Team Clinton, and filled with momentum for Team Obama.

NOTE: Nothing in this post should be construed as an endorsement of either Democratic candidate for president. It is an article with facts and opinions about politics. I have not made up my mind, and GNB is not endorsing any candidate until there is a clear nominee. I intend to add this to all my political posts from now till we have a nominee.