It’s been a tough new year for the campaign of Hillary Clinton, pictured above in one of the creepiest pictures I’ve ever seen of her. After dominating in the polls all though 2007, she saw her status of “inevitable” shattered by Obama’s win in Iowa. For a moment it seemed like she might recover and keep her strong hold on the front-runner position as she “won” in both New Hampshire and Nevada. However, after Obama’s strong first-place finish in South Carolina, her double-digit leads in national polls began to erode. Super Tuesday, which she once thought would crown her as the Democratic nominee, began to look uncertain. While she still retained her lead after Super Tuesday, largely because of superdelegates, Obama won the majority of the states, a feat that seemed impossible less than four months earlier. Now after a weekend of losing four state nominating contests, and her staff predicting that she won’t win another one until March, Clinton’s campaign manager is finally “stepping down.” Patti Solis Doyle announced her departure Sunday. She will be replaced by senior adviser Maggie Williams.
I don’t envy Maggie Williams. She’ll have a tough time breaking Obama’s momentum at this point. I doubt there is any one person to blame, but the Clinton campaign has messed up pretty badly to blow the lead they had just a few months earlier. We’ll see if the Clinton campaign changes their approach with this new manager.
Clinton Campaign Manager Is Out – [New York Times]