I just read through Joshua Green’s article on Hillary Clinton’s collapse in the Atlantic, which was based on internal memos and accounts of campaign staff, and a few things struck me.
Though Clinton focused much of her campaign around the claim that she was “ready to lead from day one,” the piece exposes her managerial incompetence and inability to make key decisions or to institute a clear chain of command among her bikering staff. She couldn’t figure out whether she wanted to run a positive campaign that tried to soften her image, or to agressively take down Obama.
Green offers this account of a post-Iowa conference call:
Mustering enthusiasm, Clinton declared that the campaign was
mistaken not to have competed harder for the youth vote and
that-overruling her New Hampshire staff-she would take questions at
town-hall meetings designed to draw comparative,” but not negative,
contrasts with Obama. Hearing little response, Clinton began to
grow angry, according to a participant’s notes. She complained of
being outmaneuvered in Iowa and being painted as the establishment
candidate. The race, she insisted, now had “three front-runners.”
More silence ensued. “This has been a very instructive call,
talking to myself,” she snapped, and hung up.
With that said, I wonder if Clinton would have been a lot better off had she collapsed earlier, like McCain did last summer. That would have enabled her to refocus her message, adjust her strategy, and reshuffle her staff with plenty of time to recover. As it turned out, by the time the campaign realized she was in trouble, it was too late.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online