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A shakeup in the Clinton campaign?

by | Feb 9, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Not a good week for pro-abortion Hillary Clinton’s campaign, at least to date the frontrunner for her party’s presidential nomination. We’ve talked about all of her woes here at NRL News Today.

Everything from the very tepid response of young Democratic women to her candidacy, to the narrowest of narrow victories in the Iowa caucuses, to the silly remarks (courtesy of Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright) that younger women were supporting Sanders because “when you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie” Sanders (Steinem) and “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other” (Albright).

To top that off there is the real possibility not just that Clinton will lose to Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (which has long been anticipated), but by an overwhelming number.

Naturally, there are stories that the Clintons are contemplating shaking up their campaign staff and strategy, dutifully denied. (It never looks good to panic.)

Politico’s Glenn Thrush and Annie Karni wrote the original story, which is fascinating on many levels.

The talk of shake-up echoes what happened in 2008 – when Clinton was on the verge of sacking her campaign manager and several top communications officials – before her surprise win here bailed out her beleaguered staff. Over time, however she slowly layered over top officials, essentially hiring old hands – like Hillaryland stalwart Maggie Williams and pollster Geoff Garin – to run the campaign while the previous staff were quietly relegated to subsidiary positions.

But is that the answer? Better put, will that answer address what Thrush and Karni suggest may be the real problem:

The lone, major common thread between the 2008 campaign and the 2016 campaign is Hillary (and Bill) Clinton. Which raises that most uncomfortable of possible explanations for the problems experienced by Hillary Clinton in her two presidential campaigns: It’s the candidate. …

More about this tomorrow after the New Hampshire primary.

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