Plouffe: This Was About Obama

Still ostentation averse, Plouffe credits teamwork and focus
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2008 11:02 AM CST
Plouffe, is writing a book about the historic election victory and has retained Washington attorney Robert Barnett, Obama's literary representative, to shop the proposal to publishers.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast,File)
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(Newser) – Stepping out from behind the curtain where he directed Barack Obama's earth-shaking campaign, David Plouffe quietly professes pride in the historic achievement to Lloyd Grove in Portfolio, and talks about a race where stability and consistency won the day and "Clinton might have won the nomination if she had just competed in the far-flung caucus states." Plouffe, who jumped into Obama's corner in January 2007, points to the benefit of an impromptu run: having to make it up as you go along.

"We didn't have some stale playbook we were following," Plouffe says. He also credits the team's collegial, mission-focused environment where the highest salary on the campaign was $12,000 a month. "I learned a long time ago that we're all replaceable, the only person that's not replaceable in the campaign is the candidate. I'm proud of the job I did, I'm very proud of the job the entire campaign did. But this was all about Barack Obama," Plouffe says.