Cheat-Seeking Missles

Sunday, February 10, 2008

What Winning Campaigns Don't Do

This just in:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House hopeful Hillary Clinton said on Sunday she has replaced her campaign manager with a long-time aide as she fights a tight race with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Switching campaign managers -- in this case Patti Solis Doyle is out and Maggie Williams is in -- is never a good sign. But doing it when the delegate count is starting to tilt to the opponent and the primaries are counting down is a very, very bad thing -- as evidenced by the timing: If you've got bad news you want to minimize, Sunday afternoon is when you release it.

What can Maggie Williams, Hillary's chief of staff when Hil was first lady, do in the two days before the Virginia, Maryland and DC primaries? Precious little. Polls show Obama's trouncing Clinton in Virginia, and DC at a minimum should also go Obama's way.

Could Williams have the better strategy for getting the super-delegates? AP reports:
Of the 796 lawmakers, governors and party officials who are Democratic superdelegates, Clinton had 243 and Obama had 156.
If Clinton can keep close on delegates, theses super-delegates will play heavily in the Dem's final selection. What a joy it would be if the party of Al Gore finds the "court" of super-delegates calling the election in favor of the one with fewer popular votes.

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