Clinton Insiders Offer Post Mortem

Strategist Penn, oblivious campaign, haughty candidate get (anonymous) blame
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 5:42 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., waits to speak during a campaign event at the Little Wound School in Kyle, S.D., Wednesday, May 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – The New Republic asked (anonymous) Hillary Clinton camp insiders why their candidate isn’t booking her ticket to Denver:

  • “I just don't think she was hungry enough for it …It wasn't really until the 10-in-a-row loss that she started doing stuff like Saturday Night Live and Jon Stewart.”
  • “Devastating vulnerabilities such as Obama's associations with Wright and Ayers were not unearthed by the campaign's vaunted research team in time.”

  • Her team “confused discipline with insularity; they didn't know what they didn't know and were too arrogant to ask.”
  • Bill “just kind of imploded ... it became more about him than about her. It really was destructive overall.”
  • “There was financial mismanagement bordering on fraud.”
  • Advisers “dismissed the possibility of youth turning out heavily in Iowa for Obama ... saying, ‘They don't look like caucus-goers.’”
  • We “lost all credibility with the press through endless and pointless memos,” cherry-picking “only positive polls when we were up and ignored polling when we were down.”