Skip to comments.Four key Hillary Clinton staffers from 2008 unlikely to sign on for 2016 bid
Posted on 05/20/2013 12:33:09 PM PDT by presidio9
Howard Wolfson, the 2008 communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton, has said he will not return for a 2016 presidential campaign. Neither, for that matter, will Neera Tanden, the campaigns policy director. Ditto for Mark Penn, the chief strategist, and Patti Solis Doyle, the embattled campaign manager.
As core members of a dysfunctional Team of Rivals, these top advisers were seared, scattered and, to different degrees, forged by the 2008 experience. Haunted by the failures in management and messaging, they have worked hard to get over their shattered White House dreams and rejection by a Democratic base enamored with Barack Obama. They express their requisite hope that Clinton will run and win, but also their lack of interest in jumping back in.
Clinton, who declined to be interviewed, moved on more quickly than many of her senior staff by going to work for Obama as secretary of state. She refuses to acknowledge the 2016 speculation but has privately suggested that the obstacles to running arent exactly insurmountable. She did tell me once that she was really thinking about Chelsea and [son-in-law] Marc, said Susie Tompkins Buell, a Democratic donor and friend of Clinton, and how she didnt want to disrupt their lives.
The 2008 campaign did precisely that to many of Hillarylands denizens. It was a campaign structure that pitted an A team of advisers against one another and created a climate of anxiety as a B team of potential outside replacements from the Clintons White House and Senate orbits hovered.
Now, as Clinton repositions on issues
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Well, we know who definitely won’t be helping Hillary in 2016.
People often have accidents when Chicago politics comes into play.
One aspect of this story that I don’t hear a lot of people talking about is how her Democrat rivals will use it when the primaries begin. Sure, some of them may be circling the wagons around here right now, but that will change when she starts out with a HUGE name recognition lead. I know I would find a way to use this ammunition if I were in that position.
The question that must be asked before the Dim primaries: Who controls the IRS?
Yes, I've commented about that before. Her intra party rivals must be licking their chops waiting for the Benghazi hearings to develop further. If she runs it has the potential to get positively Shakespearean in its bloody intrigue.
We only want the truth so her friends can nail it to her.
Thanks presidio9. Ron Brown?