Skip to comments.Hillaryland Is Hell, Staffers Say
Posted on 01/25/2008 11:47:32 AM PST by Democrats hate too much
Despite Hillary Clintons surprising win in the New Hampshire primary, discontent remains the order of the day in Hillaryland, according to an article in the liberal New Republic.
For all of Team Hillarys gifts, it is not known as a happy group, Michelle Cottle writes in the magazine.
Ive never seen a campaign where everyone feels so bad about themselves, says one campaign staffer, echoing others.
That feeling was palpable the morning after Clintons defeat in the Iowa caucuses, when a sad and sorry Team Hillary gathered for a conference call with the candidate, Cottle relates.
After Hillary came on the line, message guru Mandy Grunwald tried to spur conversation by asking staffers if they had any thoughts. No one spoke. After a pregnant pause, Hillary began talking for a few minutes about the campaign. Again, silence.
An angry Hillary finally snarled: This has been very helpful talking to myself and hung up.
Following Iowa, rumors began circulating that there would be a major shakeup in the Clinton campaign staff. Then came the New Hampshire win. But discord remains in Hillaryland, the New Republic article disclosed.
The unease has been spurred in large part by the fear-inducing, high-handed leadership of the advisors known as the Five Grunwald, campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle, top strategist Mark Penn, policy chief Neera Tanden, and communications director Howard Wolfson.
The five, called by Cottle the devout members of Hillaryland, have kept an iron grip on everything from ideas to access.
The staffer deemed most likely to be replaced after Iowa was Penn, according to Cottle.
The reasons are legion: his high profile; his right-of-center politics; his myopic focus on issues; his dismissal of the need for Hillary to get personal and address her likability problem; his unusual dual role as top strategist and pollster; and, of course, his famously rough manner.
New Hampshire brought Penn a reprieve and not everyone in the Clinton campaign was happy about that.
So strong was the desire for change, Cottle writes, that the Granite State miracle, while obviously a godsend, left some staffers deflated as it became clear that the planned overhaul had been derailed.
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Yeah, that's a really bad thing to have in a campaign........
Just a preview of the discomfort the entire Nation will feel if she wins it all.
White House staff used to dive into alcoves to avoid her. Making eye contact was Verboten!
What a beast! How she gets any votes except from her disgusting “husband” and Web Hubbel’s daughter is beyond me.
How can ANYONE vote for someone as revolting as her? Just incredible!
She should be in prison with the rest of her goons and hacks, but here she is running for the most precious office in the United States. How could this have gotten so far?
Heard much the same about the Hillary wing of the White House.
SOP for that crowd.
Along with her other faults, she's not a nice person...
I imagine it was ral hell when that picture of bubba and Hillary and Lesko showed up on Drudge this morning.
Looks like no one wanted to place their heads on the block for the Queen (in an organizational sense).
Act suprised. Ping.
so when is the mass resignation?
Somehow she manages to fool people. Never underestimate her...
” How could this have gotten so far?”
The short answer is there are a lot of stupid people in this country that want anyone to take care of them and be responsible for all their needs and wants — they are liberals stuck in a state of arrested mental development.
For all of Team Hillarys gifts..”
And just what specifically would those gifts be?
I’ll start by rejecting highly over-publicized degrees from hugely overrated “prestigious” universities as an indication of some sort of unique gift or achievement.
I would guess that most of the “gifted” are simply big mouthed, flush with faux bravado, arrogant attorneys.
The Devil taxes Prada
I would,too! Might turn to stone!............
well, jeeper, they don’t have to work for her ... quit and get a real job making something useful
LOL - it must have been happy happy joy joy when that picture showed up.
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