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“A Grim Slog”

The best single phrase I’ve seen describing the current status of the Clinton campaign comes from Politico. It’s become a grim slog indeed and since in politics the rats can’t simply jump off the sinking ship, the blaming has already begun.

So who did frame Roger Rabbit? Because let’s face it, the Clinton campaign is dead.

Frank Rich’s diagnosis is basically spot on. According to him, the Clinton campaign resoundingly dropped the ball on both messaging and organization. According to me, what else is there? When the most compelling pro-Clinton messaging in recent memory comes from Tina Fey, there’s obviously a problem emanating from the general direction of the Communications cubicles. And when the strategy for dealing with hostile media is to tell the media that the media is to blame so that the media can convey this message to the public, there are clearly widespread judgment problems in the mix.

The organizational problem follows logically enough. As circular as it is, if a candidate can barely muster the rhetoric to inspire voters, how can she inspire masses of competent staffers and volunteers? It’s all about critical organizational mass, and whether it was the failure to inspire or just arrogance that kept the Clinton campaign from reaching it, it’s clear at this point that it never did.

I disagree with Rich on the negative influence of Bill Clinton on the campaign, though. I will allow that Bill wasn’t at his best and didn’t inspire the tidal wave of support Clinton advisers seem to have been depending on, but a former First Lady attempting (for some largely inexplicable reason) to run primarily on experience has no choice but to parade around the source of that experience, regardless of the baggage that may be attached to him. Minus Bill’s involvement, this campaign probably would’ve died even earlier.

Essentially, the Clinton campaign went the way of green ketchup. It was an attempt to re-brand something America already knew and loved, but at the end of the day the new product just didn’t look appetizing.

Maryellen McGowan

February 26th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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The room is, as yet, filled with smoke and apprehension.