Team Hillary's 5 Big Mistakes

How mood, rules, caucuses, money, and pacing laid her campaign low
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 2:04 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – With the Clinton campaign in death throes, Karen Tumulty runs down its five crucial  mistakes in Time:

  • Mood. In a season when Democrats were desperate for change, Hillary “completely misread the mood” and went with incumbency.
  • Rules. Clinton's inner circle wasn't up on them. Mark Penn thought California's primary was winner-take-all—an early flub that forced them into a big-state strategy.

  • Caucuses. The campaign overlooked them, leaving Obama to build his lead in little states like Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas.
  • Money. Hillary was so confident in her old networks that she ignored the Internet—and hit a wall when her donors maxed out.
  • Pacing. Camp Clinton expected a decisive victory in Iowa and then again on Super Tuesday, even as their rivals looked months ahead.