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Hillary Clinton's campaign plunged into crisis
telegraph.co.uk ^ | 02/10/08 | Toby Harnden

Posted on 02/10/2008 3:47:26 PM PST by TornadoAlley3

Top aide Patti Solis Doyle quits and strategy of banking on big wins in March is high-risk, reports Toby Harnden

Hillary Clinton's campaign, in deep trouble following a weekend of heavy losses, lurched into a full crisis Sunday night after her campaign manager and long-time friend stepped down.

Patti Solis Doyle, the first aide Mrs Clinton hired back in 1991, was replaced by another long-time aide, Maggie Williams.

"I have been proud to manage this campaign and prouder still to call Hillary my friend for more than 16 years," Ms Solis Doyle wrote in an email to staff.

In a statement, Mrs Clinton praised Ms Solis Doyle's "extraordinary job" and "outstanding work". Mrs Williams was chief of staff to Mrs Clinton when she was First Lady.

Mrs Clinton's camp was already braced for a string of defeats in the six states still to vote in the Democratic race this month after suffering three landslide losses to Barack Obama at the weekend.

Although she was still in with a good chance in Maine caucuses that were held last night, Mrs Clinton appeared to be turning to the risky strategy of sitting out contests in smaller states and hoping for salvation next month when Democrats vote in the major Texas and Ohio primaries on March 4.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, gambled everything on the "big prize" of Florida, conceding that he would lose the six states before that.

But he crashed out in Florida and dropped out of the Republican race. Few expect Mr Obama to score a knockout blow before March but waiting until later for big wins could be very risky for Mrs Clinton.

The young Illinois senator swept the board in Saturday's votes, winning by 37 percentage points in Washington, 36 points in Nebraska and 21 points in Louisiana. He also scored a lopsided victory in the US Virgin Islands in a performance that stunned the Clinton campaign.

Mr Obama had been expected to do well but the margins of his victories gave him an important boost before "Chesapeake Tuesday" tomorrow, when Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC vote.

Extending his string of wins could help him build powerful momentum for the nomination. "Hillary Clinton is playing the Rudy Giuliani strategy and we've learned that it doesn't work," said Frank Luntz, a leading pollster.

"Voters expect you to woo them. Skipping over states will provoke their ire. There's a real issue of respect in this race, you have a responsibility to try everywhere.

"Obama's busting his ass to compete in every state. That's what you expect from the front-runner, not the challenger. Hers is now a strategy of desperation."

Mrs Clinton looked chastened but defiant as she spoke at the Jefferson-Jackson Democratic dinner in Richmond, Virginia, as the results came in and omitted to congratulate the night's victor.

There were chants of "Obama, Obama" as she briefly mingled with the crowd before leaving as her victorious rival entered the room to an exultant welcome.

Her supporters were shocked by her defeats. Alma Ivey-Mathis, 65, a retired technology specialist from Moneta, Virginia, said: "I'm just crushed but I haven't given up. Hillary's still got a chance."

Underlining Mr Obama's effective status as front-runner, President George W Bush made his first detailed public comments about his would-be successor Sunday.

"I certainly don't know what he believes in," Mr Bush said in a Fox News interview. "The only thing I remember he said was he's going to attack Pakistan and embrace Ahmadinejad [Iran's president]."

Bill Burton, a spokesman for Mr Obama, said the Democratic candidate "doesn't need any foreign policy advice from the architect of the worst foreign policy decision in a generation".

In a memo released just before Saturday's results, the Clinton campaign said: "Although the next several states that hold nominating contests this month are more favourable to the Obama campaign, we will continue to compete in them and hope to secure as many delegates as we can before the race turns to Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania."

Those three states, culminating with Pennsylvania on April 22, carry 492 delegates, while there are 367 at stake in the 10 contests before them, including the 21 in last night's Maine caucuses.

Mr Obama's aides estimated that his wins would give him an additional 45 "pledged" delegates to the 27 he led by after Super Tuesday last week, when 22 states voted and Mr Obama eked out a wafer-thin victory.

Mrs Clinton has a theoretical overall lead if committed "super delegates" are taken into account but most Democratic officials believe these will swing behind whichever candidate emerges with a clear lead among pledged delegates.

Part of Mrs Clinton's problem is that her finances are now more limited than Mr Obama's. Television advertising in the major media markets of Texas and Ohio is expensive and Mr Obama's grassroots organising has thus far proved much more effective.

The loss in Washington state was a particular slap in the face for Mrs Clinton.

She held three rallies there in the 24 hours before voting compared with Mr Obama's single event, though it dwarfed hers by attracting a record crowd of some 21,000.

Opinion polls have given Mr Obama a 20-point advantage in Virginia and Maryland and he is also favoured in the District of Columbia.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: campaign; crisis; hillary; maggiewilliams; potomacprimary; solisdoyle; va2008; vincefoster
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1 posted on 02/10/2008 3:47:36 PM PST by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3

There goes the good china.


2 posted on 02/10/2008 3:48:49 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: TornadoAlley3
Up UP and away! The Super Delegates are here to save the day!
3 posted on 02/10/2008 3:49:06 PM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

huma had better have an appetite tonight, the ‘beast is gonna need a little lovin’.


4 posted on 02/10/2008 3:54:45 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: TornadoAlley3
Mrs Williams was chief of staff to Mrs Clinton when she was First Lady.

Wasn't Maggie the aide who helped "sanitize" Vince Foster's office following his unfortunate mishap in a remote park in Washington DC?

With Hillary replacing her campaign manager with Maggie Williams, it may send a signal that she has the Latino vote locked up, they need more black support, and most importantly, Hillary needs a trusted advisor in place to once again help sanitize upcoming Clinton problems. Hillary needs someone around to help tough it out after the Feb 21 kick-off of the campaign fraud trial.

5 posted on 02/10/2008 3:54:50 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Brilliant

It’s already on its way to Dubai. They’ll sell everything to get into power.


6 posted on 02/10/2008 3:56:15 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded (We won't ever free our guns but be sure we'll let them triggers go....)
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To: TornadoAlley3
The perfect RAT storm is setting up. Obama wins more “voter delegates” but then the Supers put The Evil Witch over the top, after the Clinton Mafia flashes some of them their FBI files. The Obama voters (very idealistic) STAY HOME.
7 posted on 02/10/2008 3:56:37 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: SERKIT
Wasn't Maggie the aide who helped "sanitize" Vince Foster's office following his unfortunate mishap in a remote park in Washington DC?

She planted the phony suicide note.

She will be the black face Clinton uses to mug Obama for the nomination.

8 posted on 02/10/2008 3:57:06 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: TornadoAlley3
[Article] Patti Solis Doyle, the first aide Mrs Clinton hired back in 1991, was replaced by another long-time aide, Maggie Williams.

LOL -- Maggie Williams is one of the two who couldn't remember their names, when Congress had them up the Hill to testify about the Rose Law Firm records. They knew squat about nuthin'!

Hillary's in trouble now, if she's relying on Miss "I Can't Remember".

9 posted on 02/10/2008 3:59:35 PM PST by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: Brilliant
There goes the good china.

No problem. Remember Hillary and Slick took all the china from the White House and Air Force One when they left. When she comes back, maybe she'll bring it back. Otherwise, when she leaves this time, we will find out that she sold the White House to the Red Chinese the day before her term(s) ended.

10 posted on 02/10/2008 3:59:35 PM PST by RetiredArmy (A man alone, without a party, without a political voice. Bush destroyed conservatives.)
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To: SERKIT

Maggie also took $50,000 from Johnnie Chung...in the White House...AGAINST THE LAW!!! But she married the FBI Waco guy, Ron Noble!!


11 posted on 02/10/2008 3:59:37 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Vince Foster could opine.. Obama should hire more body guards..


12 posted on 02/10/2008 4:00:05 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: hosepipe

Obama Fruit Fly Lifespan Alert.


13 posted on 02/10/2008 4:03:07 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: SERKIT
Wasn't Maggie the aide who helped "sanitize" Vince Foster's office.....

That and up to her eyeballs in the Johnny Chung money thing....!

14 posted on 02/10/2008 4:03:32 PM PST by Jay Howard Smith (Retired(25yrNCO)Military)
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15 posted on 02/10/2008 4:04:26 PM PST by CJ Wolf (To Join or leave the offical Ron Paul 'let freedom' Ping, Freepmail me.)
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To: Rome2000; SERKIT

Maggie has most certainly been called upon to perform many more such duties of that sort that we will never know about.


16 posted on 02/10/2008 4:04:50 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Bill Clinton: Life Member of the Liars' Club.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Mrs Clinton looked chastened but defiant...

Now that's hard to do, even for a professional actress.

17 posted on 02/10/2008 4:06:23 PM PST by Rudder
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To: TornadoAlley3
"I have been proud to manage this campaign and prouder still to call Hillary my friend for more than 16 years," Ms Solis Doyle wrote in an email to staff.

Vince Foster was unavailable for comment.

18 posted on 02/10/2008 4:10:56 PM PST by Bob
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To: AmericaUnited
The perfect RAT storm is setting up. Obama wins more “voter delegates” but then the Supers put The Evil Witch over the top, after the Clinton Mafia flashes some of them their FBI files. The Obama voters (very idealistic) STAY HOME and consider voting Republican in the future.

Whose gonna be at the Elvis train to console the girls when Elvis is gone? Give me a mic. I'll do it.

19 posted on 02/10/2008 4:11:17 PM PST by Eddie01 (Freepers don't let Freepers get spun)
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To: MNJohnnie

Newsweek now gives Obama wins in 19 states, Clinton 12.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/68123


20 posted on 02/10/2008 4:11:32 PM PST by Qout
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To: Past Your Eyes

Maggie knows where ALL the bodies are buried becasue she HELPED BURY them!


21 posted on 02/10/2008 4:11:58 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Wasn’t the LA Times rumored to be sitting on a scandal story? I wonder if it’s about Oh Black Obama, and is Hillary getting ready to break it loose?


22 posted on 02/10/2008 4:12:15 PM PST by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: Brilliant

Ash trays are the weapon of choice for Hillary. It will be a hard hat zone in her campaign center.


23 posted on 02/10/2008 4:12:28 PM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: AmericaUnited
“The Obama voters (very idealistic) STAY HOME.”

The Obama voters RIOT!

24 posted on 02/10/2008 4:15:40 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Wow, making a black secretary the “campaign manager” is the most transparent tokenism since, well, the last clinton tokenism that was supposed to fool the blacks into staying on the plantation.

Anybody see Pat Buchanan on “McLaughlin” saying the $5 mil that hillary “loaned” her own campaign was a money laundering scheme to clean some of bill’s foriegn bribes?


25 posted on 02/10/2008 4:16:25 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: bobby.223
You got that right. The beast needs some lovin' tonight.
26 posted on 02/10/2008 4:20:46 PM PST by WildWeasel
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To: TornadoAlley3

Patti Solis Doyle out, Maggie Williams in...

Hmmmm. I suspect another suicide in the making.

“Maggie, bring me the suicide note folder. We’ve got work to do.”


27 posted on 02/10/2008 4:23:06 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: TornadoAlley3

Sounds like Hillary has had a “Why Johnny Ringo, you look like someone jus walked ovah yo grave” moment.


28 posted on 02/10/2008 4:23:33 PM PST by Atchafalaya
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To: TornadoAlley3

Yeah, that will bring the troops home.


29 posted on 02/10/2008 4:23:46 PM PST by Bogie
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To: CJ Wolf
"I have been proud to manage this campaign and prouder still to call Hillary my friend for more than 16 years," Ms Solis Doyle wrote in an email to staff.

With WH china imbedded into her skull, and a lamp shade....... ambulance attendants immediately rushed her...........

30 posted on 02/10/2008 4:23:52 PM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I hope some folks’ eyes are opened this summer when the super delegates shove the black man aside for the cranky, cankly cow.


31 posted on 02/10/2008 4:27:03 PM PST by Petronski (I didn't leave the GOP. The GOP left me.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
She held three rallies there in the 24 hours before voting compared with Mr Obama's single event, though it dwarfed hers by attracting a record crowd of some 21,000.

I don't care what people (or I) think of him - 21,000 is impressive to say the least.

32 posted on 02/10/2008 4:27:47 PM PST by torchthemummy ("Patriotism is looking out for yourself by looking out for your Country"-Calvin Coolidge)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Hillary must be in a panic...
She is bringing in folks who had soiled hands during her husband's reign in the White House...

Maggie Williams -- will be her black face and one who can be trusted to forget everything she sees or does for Hillary... The poor girl couldn't remember anything about what they found or what the removed from the office of "suicide victim" Vince Foster....

If memory serves - she also ILLEGALLY accepted and envelope KNOWN to be full of cash from one of the Chicoms close to Clinton...... She never spent a day in jail....

"Margaret A. "Maggie" Williams. She never had a falling-out of the sort that Ickes or Grunwald did. But by the start of the second term, she said she was burdened with legal bills of $300,000 and weary of what she regarded as Washington's prosecutorial culture. Newly married, she was happy to retreat to a new life in Paris. Now, still on the other side of the Atlantic, Williams is back in the political mix."

33 posted on 02/10/2008 4:28:27 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: BerryDingle
This is a hell of a time to find out that Ms Solis Doyle is an incompetent moron.

That's all I have to say.

34 posted on 02/10/2008 4:29:03 PM PST by Bogie
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To: Ann Archy

Maggie is the female version of Bruce Lindsay. That pair know where half the Earth’s dirt is buried.


35 posted on 02/10/2008 4:30:13 PM PST by rod1 (uestion)
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To: TornadoAlley3


36 posted on 02/10/2008 4:35:05 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: river rat

She has been living in France for several years. What in the world is all this about?

Can’t Hillary get anyone credible to front for her?


37 posted on 02/10/2008 4:35:33 PM PST by randita (Do not trust any polls!)
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To: AmericaUnited
The perfect RAT storm is setting up. Obama wins more “voter delegates” but then the Supers put The Evil Witch over the top, after the Clinton Mafia flashes some of them their FBI files. The Obama voters (very idealistic) STAY HOME.

Yes! I've been thinking the same thing, but adding an additional option of 3rd party...maybe or maybe not Obama, but someone who shares the idealism and hatred of all-things-Clinton at that point.

If that happens, we could also see a 4th party conservative since the election would then be up for grabs.

I know it sounds crazy but...

38 posted on 02/10/2008 4:43:22 PM PST by NewLand (Only one poll counts...our votes!)
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To: TornadoAlley3
"Her supporters were shocked by her defeats. Alma Ivey-Mathis, 65..."

The old dogs are with Hillary all the way. Just wait 'till Tuesday, Hillary. I'm doing my best to round up as many votes for Obama as I possibly can. There may be too many Asian Americans in Northern VA in Hillary's camp, but I'm hoping the rest of Virginia comes through for Obama.

39 posted on 02/10/2008 4:51:35 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: TornadoAlley3

Anybody know if they have a webcam set up at Fort Marcy Park?


40 posted on 02/10/2008 4:51:37 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (300 million people in this country and the best we can do is Clinton, Obama and McCain? Geeesh!!!)
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To: SERKIT

I think you nailed it; hillery canned the previous campaign manager for being a loser. As for the successor, she didn’t look any farther than skin color. Maybe gender, too, but selecting a black woman says it’s pretty clear where hillery is coming from.

I think she’s desperate and on the ropes. Osama is on a roll.


41 posted on 02/10/2008 4:52:38 PM PST by henkster (Go to the local welfare office or BMV to see what government health care will be like.)
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To: SERKIT
Wasn't Maggie the aide who helped "sanitize" Vince Foster's office following his unfortunate mishap in a remote park in Washington DC?

With Hillary replacing her campaign manager with Maggie Williams, it may send a signal that she has the Latino vote locked up, they need more black support, and most importantly, Hillary needs a trusted advisor in place to once again help sanitize upcoming Clinton problems.

Or it may mean the much anticipated dead bodies of close associates (spelled arkancides) are soon to be discovered!

42 posted on 02/10/2008 4:54:31 PM PST by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: MNJohnnie

Unlike in 2000, the votes of the people won’t matter to the Dems.

“Selected, not elected” may come back to bite them.


43 posted on 02/10/2008 5:05:08 PM PST by tips up
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To: Rudder
Now that's hard to do, even for a professional actress.

Great piece of reportorial projection, huh? Kinda makes you wonder how that differentiates from looking dyspeptic. Maybe it's dyspeptic without the bicarb.

44 posted on 02/10/2008 5:16:54 PM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: TornadoAlley3

Hillary is in deep trouble. She is going to lose all the Feb 12th races. It is going to be a hard couple of weeks for the Clinton campaign. She’ll have to recover by taking Texas or Ohio or she is going to be past the point of no return. I’m sure the Clintons will try something to knock Obama out but I imagine it will backfire as their attempts have so far.


45 posted on 02/10/2008 5:20:58 PM PST by Maelstorm (Obama Iran)
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To: Brilliant

Looks like all of us who haven’t voted yet in the primaries better vote for Hillary. She will be easier to beat in the general election, I think.


46 posted on 02/10/2008 5:23:31 PM PST by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: bobby.223

So gross.


47 posted on 02/10/2008 5:24:06 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: Maelstorm
I would like to see her cry at least a few more times before this is over.
Maybe then she'll go back into the kitchen where she belongs.
48 posted on 02/10/2008 5:24:52 PM PST by MaxMax (I need a life after politics)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I wonder if anyone whom works on Hillary’s campaign will see their next birthdays after these failures!


49 posted on 02/10/2008 5:24:54 PM PST by xrp (RON PAUL! To HELL with neo-cons!)
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To: MaxMax

I’ve been wondering what kind of sandwich she’ll make me after this is all over. I don’t know if I want to find out.


50 posted on 02/10/2008 5:26:02 PM PST by Junior_G
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