Trippi on 'top down' Clinton Campaign

Never one to mince words Joe Trippi has unloaded on the Clinton campaign:


Democratic strategist Joe Trippi said Wednesday that Hillary Clinton has assembled the best "top-down" campaign - defined by big money and party insiders -- in history, and that she and her husband are the best top-down campaigners the Democratic party has ever seen.

"What is competing with them," he added, "is the second `bottom-up' campaign in history." He was referring to Barack Obama's grassroots efforts, following on the heels of Howard Dean's 2004 effort, which Trippi himself managed.

"Running it all top down is the biggest campaign blunder I've ever seen," said Trippi, who looked like he had a fresh tan now that his most recent boss, John Edwards, has dropped out of the race.

He said the dynamic will further play out in the battle for the loyalty of superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention. On the one side, Obama loyalists will be calling their representatives with populist appeals. On the other is "the phone call from Bill Clinton."

Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin - Trippi slams Clinton '08 strategy: 'Biggest blunder I've seen' The Examiner 20 Feb 08

I guess Joe is feeling pretty relaxed at the moment and making a case for a 'new' kind of political strategy.  A vindication of sorts for him, I suppose.

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Process vs Policy: Fundraising

A candidate supporter diary for MyDD

Fundraising is an essential, and early, component of any successful campaign.  In Senator Obama's case, an unexpected and relatively late decision to run against an established and well resourced opponent, it formed a vital part of his campaign strategy.  From the beginning, he was confidently able to tap a large pool of institutional donors in his native Illinois, but his first major coup was to acquire not only key staff but the bulk of the existing, and substantial, donor base of Senator John Kerry, who declined to run:


Kerry's loss has primarily been Obama's gain. The newcomer has secured commitments from 27 of the 41 former Kerry backers who have thus far declared allegiance to a new candidate, says a Kerry fund-raiser who is not aligned with either Clinton or Obama. Clinton has nabbed the other 14. None of the backers has yet joined any of the other Democratic hopefuls. "Senator Kerry told people that they ought to follow their own conscience," says Jay Dunn, national finance director for Kerry's political action committee.

Pinning down fund-raisers early is one sign of a campaign's viability. Obama's success has surprised some, given his relative inexperience and Clinton's deep ties to the Democratic Party.

Cranking Up The Money Machine Business Week 12 Feb 07

But that was just clever tactics, and an indication that Obama had put together a professional and experienced campaign team.  The next move was strategic and implied a cleaner, more process-oriented political philosophy which resonated with voters:


Obama opens his presidential fund-raising drive with a laudable self-imposed ban on accepting money from federal lobbyists, political action committees, registered foreign agents and youths under the age of 16.  A common scam for rich donors is to get around federal giving limits by writing checks in the names of their kids -- students or tots who are being used by their parents.

Lynn Sweet - Obama begins fund-raising drive Chicago Sun-Times 1 Feb 07

Herein lay the seed of one of the process messages which both Obama and Edwards would use to distance themselves from the traditional 'top down' fundraising planned by Hillary.  This was followed up with a surprisingly successful fundraising campaign in direct competition to Hillary in California and even her native New York.  An early investment was the infrastructure for the kind of grass-roots fundraising machine which Howard Dean had pioneered in 2004, leveraging the Internet and his populist appeal and doubling Hillary in the first quarter for number of contributors.  This made important early news for his campaign and set the narrative of a populist candidacy as distinct from Hillary's institutional support:


Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has raised at least $25m (£12.6m) in the first quarter of fundraising for the 2008 race, his campaign team says.  The figure puts him on a par with rival Hillary Clinton - also seeking the Democratic nomination - who has raised $26m, a record-breaking amount.  Campaigners for Mr Obama said more than 100,000 people had contributed.

Obama fundraising rivals Clinton BBC 4 Apr 07

In fact, by the second quarter of 2007 it was a sweepstakes race, and Obama was winning.  Obama raised more than $32 million in the second quarter of the year, compared to $27 million raised by the Clinton campaign:


Obama's success in fundraising has not translated into a better position in public opinion polls. Clinton has led the Democratic field from the beginning and solidified her lead, according to some recent surveys.

But expert Larry Sabato says the Obama fundraising performance signals a long and closely fought battle for the Democratic nomination next year. "I think what is important is that this really destroys the hardening conventional wisdom that somehow Hillary Clinton had the Democratic nomination wrapped up. She does not. This is going to be a real race," he said.

Jim Malone - Obama Fundraising Suggests Close Race For Party Nomination Voice of America 2 Jul 07

For the remainder of 2007 the number of donors became an alternate and favourable metric for Obama's success.  Curiously, the filings with the FEC showed that Obama's fundraising totals were still largely made up of large donor contributions, but the significant number of small donors became another sweepstake which highlighted a distinction from Hillary's traditional approach, reinforced his message and encouraged his supporters to participate.  

By the time the campaign was actually facing elections, however, in the first quarter of 2008, this narrative had become a reality.

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Giant Sucking Sound?

The end of the beginning occured on Super Tuesday.  Is the morning after Hillary's defeat in Wisconsin the beginning of the end for her campaign for the nomination?  Sure, there are plenty of sharp objects remaining to be thrown, 527's to crank up and two debates which may turn rancorous with nasty surprises but the narrative of Hillary's demise is taking hold in the public perception, the media, and, one assumes, in the minds of her institutional supporters:


Please allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Obama's landslide victory in Wisconsin. The race is over. Hillary is finished. The Clinton Restoration is over. President Bill Clinton's political invincibility is over. Hillary's electability is over.

Obama got to the far Left faster than she did. He out organized her in the precincts. He out fundraised her. He out speechified her. He out-hustled her. He out-dressed her. He out-presidentialed her. He outdid her and he outbid her for votes, one promised government check at a time.

A 15-point margin in Wisconsin is incredible. Wisconsin is a lot like Ohio except for the wacko ultra-Left Madison college population, which is even worse that Columbus's Ohio State. But there are so many campuses in Ohio that will go for Obama that it is no matter. Think faculty voters, grimly determined for a left-wing takeover of America " from the bottom up" to use the former Saul Alinsky community organizer's phrase. As goes Wisconsin, so goes Ohio.

Larry Kudlow - It Is Over The National Review 20 Feb 08

And the evidence?  It is presented most compellingly by the performance of her own campaign, one of the few 'executive' projects she has had in recent public life in spite of her much-vaunted 'experience:'


Some of these mistakes, some of these leaks, some of this infighting, and some of this desperation are the inevitable outcome of a campaign behind the eight ball. Clinton's operation looked a lot more disciplined when she was the prohibitive front-runner. But explanations are not excuses, and it's growing increasingly hard for Clinton to argue that her experience and electoral discipline set her apart when the largest organization she's ever run--this campaign--is listing so badly and exhibiting a reality so far from the rhetoric. In her speech tonight, Clinton launched her broadside against Obama by saying that "while words matter, the best words in the world aren't enough unless you match them with action." The problem for her is that Obama has matched his words with actions, fulfilled his promises with votes. It's her campaign that rests on an increasingly precarious foundation of words and that needs to demonstrate results to match its rhetoric.

Ezra Klein - The Underperformer The American Prospect 20 Feb 08

Well, you say, never count the Clintons out.  And you are right, the 'Comeback Kids' are going to fight tenaciously and determinedly to the bitter end, or at least through to Pennsylvania, and perhaps beyond.  But there is an evocative historical analogy for the events of last night which perhaps captures some of the symbolism of the Greek tragedy which is playing itself out before our very eyes:


With this Wisconsin iceberg now slamming into the Clinton campaign, I'm reminded of the scene in Cameron's Titanic where the ship's designer rushes to the bridge, unrolls the construction plans, and informs the Captain that despite the small shudder of the impact and the normal feeling on the bridge, the great ship is doomed. They're unrolling the plans tonight in Hillaryland. They'll be vicious infighting about various desperate Hail Mary plans -- like today's foolish trial balloon about trying to steal committed Obama delegates -- and lots of scapegoating top Clinton campaign officials. The former President will go ape, find a microphone, and embarrass himself somewhere in Texas or Ohio. But like water rushing into the Titanic's hull, the forces now flowing hard against the Hillary Clinton campaign are furious and the die is cast.

Richelieu - The End of an Era... The Weekly Standard 20 Feb 08

One has to admire Hillary for her grasp of policy, attention to detail, her acuity and her aggressive determination, and ability, to bring coalitions of existing institutional players into line behind her to achieve her ideological objectives.  But perhaps these are the appropriate qualifications of a truly great Senate Majority Leader.

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Rattling the Wavering in NY?

An interesting little titbit from the NY Daily News political blog:


The Queens Democrat and superdelegate, Rep. Gregory Meeks, who remains solidly in Hillary Clinton's corner despite the fact that Barack Obama won his district, was the target of a mysterious flyer circulated at the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators' 37th annual conference in Albany this weekend.

"Now that you won't be part of the White House, and we know you like taking trips, we guess you'll be going to Disneyland," read the unadorned black-and-white flyer, signed by "people united for quality representation in government."

The "taking trips" gibe referred to the fact that Meeks made a top 10 list for privately funded congressional travel in 2006.

Meeks' nameless critics urged "someone" to "please step up" against him, singling out state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) and Democratic City Councilmen Leroy Comrie and James Sanders of Queens - none of whom have so far expressed an interest in mounting a primary challenge.

Meeks, who has been touted as a potential replacement for Clinton in the U.S. Senate should she win the White House, accused his nameless critics of cowardice.

Elizabeth Benjamin - Hillary's New York superdelegates are feeling the heat

Given Donna Edwards' recent victory this probably has a little more bite than it otherwise would, and I certainly don't condone the 'anonymous' nature of this initiative, which in any other election cycle would probably go unreported, but one wonders if there is more to come.  Thoughts?  Representative Meeks must have a few dark ones about his senatorial prospects, in any case.

And Meeks is not alone, so it seems:

Meeks isn't the only Clinton superdelegate from New York on the hot seat. Brooklyn Reps. Yvette Clarke and Edolphus Towns, whose African-American-dominated districts were also carried by Obama, are under similar pressure to switch sides, said state Sen. Bill Perkins, an early Obama supporter from Harlem.

So far, both Clarke and Towns are sticking with Clinton.

But the pressure on them could grow, particularly if the reported undercount in the preliminary Feb. 5 primary results turns out to have skewed the results in Clinton's favor.

Elizabeth Benjamin - Hillary's New York superdelegates are feeling the heat NY Daily News 18 Feb 08

And just on the subject of a superdelegate fight, NY Senator Schumer seems to be hedging his bets just a wee bit.

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Discontent in Camp Hillary

It is interesting to note that the discontent from within the extended family of Hillary's supporters is increasingly appearing in the public media.  A few examples follow from a piece by Paul West in the Baltimore Sun.  It is also apparent that some of the narratives which have been so derided by Hillary supporters here when applied to her candidacy are widely accepted among Clinton insiders.  The 'inevitability' narrative of her campaign, for example:


Now, after falling behind Barack Obama, her campaign is being vilified by some of her supporters. They say she made the strategic mistake of believing that she was inevitable, allowing herself to be positioned, in effect, as an incumbent in an election about change.

And the counter-intuitive 'change with experience' narrative:


Belatedly, Clinton and her husband began describing her as an "agent of change." That was "reactive, not proactive," said a leading supporter in Iowa, where the theme emerged in late December.

The last national election, in 2006, when Democrats regained control of the House, "told us that change is in the air. I'm wondering why we didn't pick up on that and carry that as our own torch," said this Clinton backer.

No to mention the race-baiting narrative during the South Carolina primary, which supporters here still attribute to Obama's campaign with Rove-like tenacity:


A Clinton superdelegate who served in Bill Clinton's administration said the former president "has screwed this thing up for her big-time. They need to send him out of the country for a long, long time. I am angry at Bill Clinton and I think there are other Hillary people who are angry at Bill, who felt that she was running a very good, solid campaign - she wasn't the exciting one, but she was the solid one - and then he came in and made it nasty, and single-handedly pushed away black voters."

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Milwaukee Match-up

Apparently Obama followed Hillary again in their respective addresses at the Founders Day Gala tonight in Milwaukee:


Clinton closed by stressing her toughness ("Some people say I'm tough," she said, adding, "I think we need a tough president.") and by reminding Democrats of what lays ahead in the general election. "I've been through it," she said, referring to political combat against Republicans. "I'm still standing. I will beat them again if I'm your nominee."

As with other speeches I've seen from Clinton, it was well received but didn't bring the house down. She was interrupted a number of times by applause, but mostly by the polite variety rather than the viciously enthusiastic stuff Obama elicits. We'll see whether he gets that type of reception from the crowd when he takes the stage in just a few minutes.

Tom Bevan - Clinton Gets Real RCP 16 Feb 08

And he knocked it out of the park again, too:


Obama's remarks ran more than 40 minutes and covered more policy detail than usual. He spent a portion of time running through the details of his healthcare program, clearly defending against Clinton's ongoing attack that his plan leaves out 15 million people.

In the end, however, it was vintage Obama: lofty, inspiring rhetoric about "change" that resonated with the party activists in the room. One of the reasons the Clinton campaign is frustrated about their inability to lay a glove on Obama is because of the deftness of his responses.

Just days ago Clinton rolled out her new slogan about "being in the solutions business." Obama took that claim on directly tonight, casting it (as he has with other attempts by Clinton to exploit a similar argument) as the idea that "words don't matter." Then he utterly demolished it.

"Don't tell me that words don't matter," Obama said, his voice rising with indignation and scorn. "I have a dream. Just words. All men are created equal. Just words. We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Just words."

Obama acknowledged that, "it's true speeches won't solve our problems," but he countered that by saying that inspiring the American public through words to achieve change is a critical part of the process. So is hope. "Nothing worthwhile in this country has ever happened unless someone somewhere was willing to hope," Obama told the crowd to cheers.

Tom Bevan - Barack Star RCP 16 Feb 08

I was delighted to hear that his speech covered more policy detail than usual, as this seems appropriate for this phase of his campaign.  But it seems that every time Obama gets an opportunity to go head-to-head with Hillary in the presence of the Democratic leaders of a primary state he really rises to the occasion.  Did any of you have an opportunity to see these addresses in Milwaukee?

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Irresponsible and Frankly Naïve?

In July last year, in a post-debate interview, Hillary Clinton famously referred to Barack Obama's assertion that he would meet with the leadership of hostile powers without precondition as 'irresponsible and naïve,' and explained why:


"I don't want to be used for propaganda purposes," she said.

In a telephone interview today, the New York senator went further. Of Obama's comment, she said: "I thought that was irresponsible and frankly naive."

Ed Tibbetts - Clinton, Obama trade barbs in Quad-City Times interviews Quad-City Times 24 July 07

Later in the campaign, during the AFL-CIO debate she offered this sober admonishment on the responsibilities of a prospective Commander-in-Chief in response to Senator Obama's remarks on foreign policy regarding Pakistan:


So you can think big, but remember, you shouldn't always say everything you think if you're running for president, because it has consequences across the world. And we don't need that right now.

Senator Hillary Clinton - Democratic Debate Transcript, Chicago Council for Foreign Relations 7 Aug 07

Well, she may have a point, but that makes it even more difficult to understand what could have possibly motivated her to make this remark during a question and answer segment of her campaign swing through New Hampshire:


HAMPTON, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, campaigning on Sunday ahead of New Hampshire's critical presidential primary, declared in response to a voter's question that Russian President Vladimir Putin "doesn't have a soul."

"Bush really premised so much of our foreign policy on his personal relationships with leaders, and I just don't think that's the way a great country engages in diplomacy," Clinton said to voters in Hampton, New Hampshire. The state holds the nation's first presidential nominating primary on Tuesday.

"This is the president that looked in the soul of Putin, and I could have told him, he was a KGB agent," Clinton said. "By definition he doesn't have a soul. I mean, this is a waste of time, right? This is nonsense, but this is the world we're living in right now."

Ellen Wulfhorst - Hillary Clinton, campaigning, ponders Putin's soul Reuters 7 Jan 08

One wondered at the time at the consequences of such a remark as surely a sober candidate for the presidency would not jeopardise any diplomatic relationship, and squander advantage, with arguably the undisputed leader of a nation which represents one of the most important challenges for US foreign policy in coming years.  Why make such a comment just to throw red-meat to an audience, even a constituency, when the consequences would be so significant and damaging?  There seems to be no sensible reason and the comment, almost unremarked at the time, and without any indication it was heard as far away as the Kremlin, has been virtually forgotten in the drama of a tightly contested electoral season.

Well, almost forgotten, until today.  And guess who remembered?:


Despite these differences, Putin said he was ready to work with whoever is elected the next U.S. president, saying Russia and the U.S. have common interests in the fights against international terrorism, nuclear proliferation, poverty and infectious disease.

But the former KGB lieutenant colonel appeared to lash out at U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, a leading Democratic candidate for president, when one reporter quoted her as saying that former KGB officers have no soul: "At a minimum, a head of state should have a head," Putin said.

Steve Gutterman - At a valedictory press conference, Putin flirts as he asserts Russia's might AP 15 Feb 08

Hillary, that was beyond 'irresponsible and naïve,' that was just plain dumb.  

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Wavering Superdelegates

I suppose it was only a matter of time before some of Hillary's early supporters in the superdelegate stakes had a little buyer's remorse:


WASHINGTON (AP) In a fresh sign of trouble for Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the former first lady's congressional black supporters intends to vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, and a second, more prominent lawmaker is openly discussing a possible switch.

Rep. David Scott's defection and Rep. John Lewis' remarks highlight one of the challenges confronting Clinton in a campaign that pits a black man against a woman for a nomination that historically has been the exclusive property of white men.

David Epso - Black Lawmakers Rethink Their Support for Clinton in Her Race Against Obama AP 14 Feb 07

Representative John Lewis, a legendary civil rights figure, has not formally withdrawn his endorsement:


Lewis, whose Atlanta-area district voted 3-to-1 for Obama, said he is not ready to abandon his backing for the former first lady. But several associates said the nationally known civil rights figure has become increasingly torn about his early endorsement of Clinton. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing private conversations.

In an interview, Lewis likened Obama to Robert F. Kennedy in his ability to generate campaign excitement, and left open the possibility he might swing behind the Illinois senator. "It could (happen). There's no question about it. It could happen with a lot of people ... we can count and we see the clock," he said.

David Epso - Black Lawmakers Rethink Their Support for Clinton in Her Race Against Obama AP 14 Feb 07

In the meantime, numbers are dwindling, if only slightly.  Bear in mind that each superdelegate who shifts their allegiance is a net loss to Hillary of two:


The former first lady still holds a sizable lead among the roughly 800 so-called superdelegates, who are chosen outside the primary and caucus system.

But Christine Samuels, until this week a Clinton superdelegate from New Jersey, said during the day she is now supporting Obama.

Two other superdelegates, Sophie Masloff of Pennsylvania and Nancy Larson of Minnesota, are uncommitted, having dropped their earlier endorsements of Clinton.

On Wednesday, David Wilhelm, a longtime ally of the Clintons who had been neutral in the presidential race, endorsed Obama.

David Epso - Black Lawmakers Rethink Their Support for Clinton in Her Race Against Obama AP 14 Feb 07

And just some food for thought for Hillary supporters counting on a superdelegate coup, from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, who is neutral in the race, "I don't think it was ever intended that superdelegates would overturn the verdict, the decision of the American people".  I guess not.

[Update] Looks like Representative John Lewis has dropped the other shoe now too:


MILWAUKEE — Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

Jeff Zeleny and Patrick Healy - Black Leader Pulls Support From Clinton NYT 15 Feb 08

Thanks, Zonk!

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Process vs Policy: Organising

A candidate supporter diary for MyDD

The conventional wisdom has emerged in this Democratic primary season that the grass-roots organisational capability of Senator Obama's campaign has delivered him a significant advantage in some of the caucus and primary contests in which he has been engaged with Senator Clinton.  While their liberal or 'progressive' values, and indeed policies, are not separated by much, give or take some ideological fine points, there is a dramatic, almost polar opposite, approach to how these objectives are to be attained which inform not only their respective political philosophies but the strategies of their respective campaigns.


It becomes a contest of power: those who have money and those who have people.  We have nothing but people.

Saul Alinsky

It is interesting to note that both of their careers were intersected by a common influence, community organising as 'pioneered in Chicago's old stockyards neighbourhood by the soberly realistic, unabashedly radical Saul Alinsky.'  In Hillary's case the influence was direct and personal, she met with Alinsky several times and he was the subject of her honours thesis at Wellesley College.  Alinsky was committed to 'working within the system' but did so by encouraging the mobilisation of disadvantaged communities to seize their inherent power as guaranteed by the law.  Hillary's reaction to his brand of radicalism was tentative and while she shared his ideals she did not have much faith in his methods:


"His offer of a place in the new institute was tempting," she wrote in the end notes to the thesis, "but after spending a year trying to make sense out of his inconsistency, I need three years of legal rigor." She enrolled at Yale that fall, a year ahead of a charming Rhodes Scholar from Arkansas.

"I agreed with some of Alinsky's ideas," she explained in "Living History," her 2003 biography, "particularly the value of empowering people to help themselves. But we had a fundamental disagreement. He believed you could change the system only from the outside. I didn't."

Bill Dedman - Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis MSNBC 9 May 2007

This is exactly the distinction between the 'bottom-up' populist approach of Alinksy and the 'top-down' establishment methodology which separates her from Senator Obama on campaign strategy, and on her emphasis on specific policy versus broader reform of the 'processes' implicit in the de facto institutions of government which is fundamental to Obama's long-term intentions for progress and change.  A perspective she clearly articulated again even more recently:


'In the end, the decision to attend law school for me was an expression of this belief: the system can be changed from within. The law can be an incredible vehicle for social change--and lawyers are at the wheel.'

Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta - Her Way pp 38-39 8 Jun 07

Lawyers and, by implication, legislators, which is how she apparently conceives of her executive role in the presidency, as a super-facilitator of legislative change within the existing institutions of politics as we understand them.  Senator Obama's experience, on the other hand, was informed by the legacy of community organising which Alinsky had pioneered, and his work in the neighbourhoods where existing 'top-down' government and economic programs had failed to complete the process of renewal:


Proponents of electoral politics and economic development strategies can point to substantial accomplishments in the past 10 years. An increase in the number of black public officials offers at least the hope that government will be more responsive to inner-city constituents. Economic development programs can provide structural improvements and jobs to blighted communities.

In my view, however, neither approach offers lasting hope of real change for the inner city unless undergirded by a systematic approach to community organization.

Barack Obama - After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois pp 35-40 University of Chicago 1990

This essential difference has been evident in Obama's strategy for his campaign from the outset.  Hillary had the support of the Democratic establishment long before her announcement, the support of party insiders, the unions and private sector alliances carefully built and nurtured from the time she began her Senate run in 2000.  Her notion of organising relied on these existing structures from 'within the system' to give her an unchallenged advantage in her bid for the nomination.  Not only had she acquired this support but it was so ubiquitous as to effectively deny these resources to any potential opponent.

Obama, while he had institutional support from Democrats in Illinois and a modest circle of supporters within the party, had only his message of political inclusion and an idea which traced it's lineage directly back to the 'people powered' politics of Alinsky and Chicago, with a 21st century twist.

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Hope for a Change?

Well, well, well.  There may be some changes around here soon:

Along with the departures of campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle and deputy campaign manager Mike Henry, the Clinton campaign today revealed that two of its long-time online operation leaders are moving on.

"As part of the expansion of our Internet department following a tremendously successful month online, we will be adding 4 new staffers, two of whom will replace Kevin Thurman and Crystal Patterson, who moved on to new positions," said Clinton internet director Peter Daou. "Kevin and Crystal have been valued members of our team and we are grateful to them for their contribution to the campaign."

Thurman had come to the Clinton campaign from Tom Vilsack's brief presidential effort, while Patterson previously worked for Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, who this year endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

Garance Franke-Ruta - Clinton Reshuffles Online Team Washington Post 12 Feb 08

Ring any bells for any of you?  I wonder what the recommended list is going to look like next week, eh?  Thoughts?  Did you know that the Hillary campaign reported $500k in 'parking' costs for staff?  I wonder where they were parking.

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