Clinton Camp Secrets Revealed: What's Gone Wrong and Why
If you want the backstory on the departure of campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle from Hillaryland and confirmation of the arrogance that contributed to the current distress roiling the campaign, read Joshua Green's piece at The Atlantic. Green has reported on Clinton's inner circle for some time now, and one piece was spiked by GQ magazine after the Clinton campaign blew a gasket about its revelations. That piece illuminated the role of Solis Doyle, and the insight Green gained at that time informed his work in this Atlantic article. The problems that we've discussed here are borne out...
* Clinton's minions failed the candidate miserably, keeping the candidate in a bubble and repeated the mantra that the nomination was in the bag.
* Management of fundraising was not only retro (not capitalizing the Internet early on), but dollars on hand were handled incompetently (and it wasn't the first time - Clinton had warning signs in her NY Senate race).
* Hillary's management style scarily resembles Dear Leader's, prizing loyalty above all else, and Solis Doyle's discretion and loyalty helped her keep her job while
chalking up the kind of body count you'd expect from an episode of The Sopranos. She was infamous among her colleagues for referring to herself as "the queen bee" and for her habit of watching daytime soap operas in her office. One frequent complaint among donors and outside advisers was that Solis Doyle often did not return calls or demonstrate the attention required in her position.
...Rather than punish Solis Doyle or raise questions about her fitness to lead, Clinton chose her to manage the presidential campaign for reasons that should now be obvious: above all, Clinton prizes loyalty and discipline, and Solis Doyle demonstrated both traits, if little else. This suggests to me that for all the emphasis Clinton has placed on executive leadership in this campaign, her own approach is a lot closer to the current president's than her supporters might like to admit.While it appears there were a lot of voices lobbying for Solis Doyle's ouster for quite some time, it took the shattering of the complacency that Hillary was going to be anointed -- the cold bucket of water called Iowa -- to escalate calls for change. Ironically, her "comeback" in New Hampshire worried insiders who thought the axing would not occur because of the success there. By Super Tuesday, the need for change was unavoidable.
That the money was so obviously mismanaged and Clinton was essentially left helpless to compete in last weekend's primaries and caucuses is the reason Solis Doyle ultimately had to go. The problem, as before, was mismanagement-only this time against a worthy enough opponent that the cost was obvious to everyone.Green notes that even with all of this turmoil, Clinton is still in the game and could ultimately walk away with the nomination in spite of an operation that has repeatedly shot itself in the foot.
One curve ball with Solis Doyle's departure has been the reaction of the Latino community, a demographic that Clinton can ill-afford to alienate. (Solis Doyle is the daughter of Mexican immigrants). Clinton was sent an open letter by two Latino lawmakers. It's below the fold.