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Ex-Cain Staffers Bash Chaotic Campaign

Like he's 'running for sophomore class president'

(Newser) - Herman Cain is running on his managerial experience as a CEO, but his campaign doesn’t seem terribly well-managed, ex-staffers grouse to the New York Times . Staffers complain that Cain rarely campaigned and often skipped events at the last minute, and failed to provide supplies as basic as signs. “... More »

Report: Bachmann Staff Quits in New Hampshire

But candidate says story isn't true

(Newser) - All five of Michele Bachmann’s paid staffers in New Hampshire have quit, complaining that she hadn’t given enough attention to the state, reports ABC affiiliate WMUR . Bachmann visited New Hampshire for a debate last week, but before that hadn’t set foot in the Granite State since June.... More »

Bachmann Campaign Cuts Loose Top Staffers what's widely seen as a way to save money

(Newser) - A handful of Michele Bachmann staffers left the campaign last night, most notably pollster Ed Goeas and top adviser Andy Parrish, in a move that’s widely being interpreted as a cost-cutting measure for a cash-strapped campaign. Parrish, who helped lay the groundwork for the campaign in Iowa, will return... More »

Top Pawlenty Aides Working for Peanuts

And in some cases, not even peanuts, says aide

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty is paying peanuts—or nothing at all—to several top members of his team. His top two strategists as well as at least three advisers are working for just zero to $1,000 per month, plus expense reimbursements, an anonymous aide tells the Washington Post . But “this... More »

Gingrich: My Staff Quit Because I'm Too Different

Reagan aides quit during 1980 campaign, Newt notes

(Newser) - Staffers are departing the good ship Gingrich because he's just too different for them, the candidate says. "Philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with," he told reporters in Atlanta yesterday, Reuters reports. Gingrich, who lost 16... More »

Oops: Pawlenty Staffer Charged With Public Intoxication

He tried to get into wrong Iowa home

(Newser) - Memo to political staffers of presidential wannabes: Try to remember the correct house where you're staying in Iowa, try not to vomit in strange backyards, and, above all, try to avoid having quotes like this show up about you in newspaper accounts: “His arm was in my back door,... More »

'Rogue' Palin Was Reading From Script

McCain team wrote 'palling around with terrorists' line: book

(Newser) - Sarah Palin was actually on message when she attacked Barack Obama’s relationship with former Weatherman Bill Ayers during last year's campaign, the Atlantic reports. A new book, The Battle for America, reveals that Palin received an email from top McCain staff suggesting she use the Ayers attack. It even... More »

Team Romney Ready for 2012 Run

(Newser) - Mitt Romney says he’s not running for office, but his former aides don’t believe him, Politico reports. Romney’s campaign staff never really disbanded. Loyalists meet in Washington every month, hold fundraisers, brief Romney on current events, and strategically publicize his every move. It’s a turnkey political... More »

Job Hunt Drags On for Obama Faithful

(Newser) - The odds of getting a job in the Obama administration aren’t great—the White House has hundreds of thousands of applicants for a little more than 3000 jobs—but that hasn’t deterred young, would-be Obama-ites, the Washington Post reports. Applicants are flooding the capital, networking online and, in... More »

Obama Campaign Advisers Left Out in the Cold

Members of foreign policy team passed over for more center-right candidates

(Newser) - Prominent advisers to presidential candidates can usually count on having their pick of administration jobs after the campaign. Not so with candidate Obama's foreign policy team, most of whom shaded to the left, the LA Times reports. It stems from the president's decision to give the three top national security... More »

Matthews Rounds Up Staff for Senate Run

MSNBC host denies deals with Obama aides for 2010

(Newser) - Chris Matthews is lining up a top-notch staff to manage his campaign for the Pennsylvania Senate seat held by Arlen Specter, FiveThirtyEight reports. Multiple sources say the MSNBC host has made deals with seasoned Obama aides to run the 2010 campaign. Polls already show that Matthews, running as a Democrat,... More »

Munificent Obama Empties Coffers on Staff

Some get an extra month's pay, can keep BlackBerrys and laptops

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s campaign is redistributing the wealth to the staff, the New York Daily News reports. The loaded campaign will give its troops a bonus equivalent to a month’s pay and allow employees to keep campaign-issued phones and computers, provided they pay the taxes. “It's a very... More »

Palin 'Didn't Know Africa Is a Continent'

Insiders spill beans on Mac's troublesome veep choice

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's shaky grasp of geography stressed out the McCain campaign, the Chicago Tribune reports. A Fox News reporter, sworn to secrecy until after the election, said a campaign insider told him Palin was unaware that Africa was a continent rather than a single country, and she was unable to... More »

Role in White House for Obama Strategist?

Strategist Axelrod seen as key policy cog, but he could be a target in Washington

(Newser) - With Barack Obama holding a lead in the polls, Democrats have begun discussing what, if any, role his top campaign strategist might have in an Obama White House, Politico reports. David Axelrod, say those who know him, is seriously weighing an administration position; where he ends up could be key... More »

How Revolving Narratives Swamped Would-Be Narrator

McCain's move from tactic to tactic resulted in confused overall strategy

(Newser) - John McCain’s campaign has gone through a dizzying number of narratives, as Robert Draper outlines in the New York Times. Draper looks inside a dysfunctional operation driven by two quarreling old McCain friends (Rick Davis and speechwriter Mark Salter), and the Rovian outsider who reconciled them (Steve Schmidt). The... More »

Obama Turns Army Loose on Chicago's WGN

Supporters protest radio airtime for campaign critic

(Newser) - Barack Obama's camp deployed its devoted followers to flood the phone lines of Chicago's WGN-AM last night during an appearance by writer Stanley Kurtz, an Obama critic. A WGN producer tells the Tribune the campaign's push generated “the biggest response we've ever got” during the 2-hour segment with Kurtz,... More »

How Infighting Doomed Clinton

Long awaited post-mortem details stunningly disfunctional campaign

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid failed for many reasons, the most prominent her campaign team's stunning dysfunction, writes Joshua Green in a much-anticipated Atlantic Monthly feature. Green uncovered a trove of memos, finding a team overwhelmed by “anger and toxic obsessions.” Clinton acted nothing like a chief executive,... More »

Ben Stein: Time for Mac to Call Rove

Candidate running 'absolute most pathetic campaign I have ever seen'

(Newser) - Conservative stalwart Ben Stein thought Bob Dole's quest for the White House set the bar low, but says John McCain is “running the absolute most pathetic campaign I have ever seen in my whole life.” But there’s an answer ("Anyone? Anyone?")—talk to Karl Rove,... More »

A Kennedy Finds Her Political Calling

Caroline's role in the Obama campaign is a serious 'coming out'

(Newser) - Barack Obama's campaign has spurred John F. Kennedy's only surviving child to step into the political spotlight, and not just as window dressing, the Wall Street Journal reports. As co-chair of the candidate's vice-presidential search committee, she is a serious vetter, and she's becoming a major draw on the campaign... More »

Obama Campaign Insular, Arrogant, Hill Dems Complain

Lawmakers cite lack of coordination with presidential candidate

(Newser) - Some Congressional Democrats say they're not feeling the love from Barack Obama's campaign, Politico reports, with the candidate inattentive to broader election strategy and his camp uncommunicative on the day-to-day message blitz. "They think they know what’s right and everyone else is wrong on everything,” one senior... More »

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