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How Did the Clinton Campaign Get Here?

As the 'D-Day' primaries approach, the Clinton campaign grandees are firing off some of their biggest salvos.... at each other. Mirroring the candidate herself, Hillary's campaign officials have shown what motivates them, is not politics, but power, and that they would rather be left alone to exercise it.

From 'The Los Angles Tmes' 'Meet me in Ohio',

As the race unfolded, neither Clinton nor anyone else resolved the internal power struggles that played out with destructive effect and continue to this day.

As the campaign faces a make-or-break moment, some high-level officials are trying to play down their role in the campaign. Penn said in an e-mail over the weekend that he had "no direct authority in the campaign," describing himself as merely "an outside message advisor with no campaign staff reporting to me." ( that's why he gets only 3.5 million dollars in fees)

"I have had no say or involvement in four key areas -- the financial budget and resource allocation, political or organizational sides. Those were the responsibility of Patti Solis Doyle, Harold Ickes and Mike Henry, and they met separately on all matters relating to those areas."

Howard Wolfson, the campaign's communications chief, answered that it was Penn who had top responsibility for both its strategy and message. Another aide said Penn spoke to Clinton routinely about the campaign's message and ran daily meetings on the topic.

"Why aren't we attacking him....(Obama) ?" Bill Clinton asked at a high-level staff meeting Dec.1 at the Clintons' Washington home, according to people familiar with events. With aides sitting around the dining room table, Bill Clinton said it was time to get more aggressive with Obama.

The following day, in Iowa, Hillary Clinton called a news conference to execute the strategy of questioning Obama's character. "Now the fun part starts," she said..

And Clinton has been casting herself as someone in the "solutions business" -- a message she repeats as she makes a stand in Ohio and Texas.

The campaign dubbed her final weekend appearances in Texas and Ohio "Solutions for America" rallies.

" 'Solutions for America,' " one campaign aide said. "It sounds like something you'd buy at the pharmacy."

The New York Times on the higher profile of Harold Ickes the 68 year old long time Clinton aide who ran the Rules and Bylaws Committee for the Democratic National Committee.

Mr. Ickes, who has typically been a behind-the-scenes player, is stepping out front to make the public case for Mrs. Clinton, at a time when campaign advisers have pressed to lower the profile of her chief strategist, Mark J. Penn.

Legalistic and argumentative, Mr. Ickes is a man of tough manner and tough tactics with a notoriously dramatic temper, though one he orchestrates to calculated effect...Mr. Ickes's battles have often been as much inside the campaign as outside it. He and Mr. Penn have a long history of enmity -- they did not talk when both worked for Mr. Clinton when he was in the White House.

What a team! Who assembled these players? Could not Hillary with her 35 years of experience found some people that could have at least shown some semblance of you know, trying to work together or at least appear to be seen as democratic rather than autocratic? Was this to have been 'the modus operandi' of the Hillary White House Executive?

How was Obama on the other hand, without 'any experience', able to field such an unselfish, well discplined, internet savy, strong grass roots organization, in the real sense a 'team'? Could it have anything to do with the judgement and character of the candidate, do you think?

Of course, for "some people are right, some people are wrong" Hillary, the critical difference is the mainstream media bias that has betrayed her campaign. So their reponse has been to attack the messenger, not the message.

Dick Morris, Bill Clinton's one-time campaign aide who was tackled and punched by Bill Clinton, sums up what has gone wrong with Hillary and her Republican style campaign and excuses.

Never one to engage in self reflection, she can't blame herself or even her incompetent strategists and advisers. They're too close to her. She can't accept the sorry fact that her campaign has been a disaster because it was based on the past and not the future, because it was premised on her phony experience and maintaining the status quo, and because her negative outlook is completely out of step with the mood of America. And finally, because in the positive message of Barack Obama, Americans see a stark contrast with her doom and gloom view of the world.So, she'll blame the media. It's their fault.

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