Hillary Didn't Plan for Long Haul

Spending calls might reflect poorly on Clinton's management skills
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2008 5:26 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. applaud before a Democratic debate sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton invested heavily to try to lock up the Democratic presidential nomination on Super Tuesday—but that didn't happen, and her failure to plan for the long haul let Barack Obama rack up 10 straight wins since and left some doubting her management skills. Clinton's dwindling war chest also helped Obama gain momentum to raise funds: $37 million last month vs. Clinton's $15 million.

"It’s possible to be very smart and experienced and still be caught short," William Galston, a top Clinton backer, told the Christian Science Monitor. Meanwhile Obama has tapped unexpectedly into voters' desire for hope and run a flexible campaign that will be studied “as a textbook of how to take advantage of changing circumstances," Galston said.