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It’s the Campaign, Stupid: Clinton Ground Game Under Fire

The political team that famously used the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” to vault to victory in 1992 could be in need of a new mantra 15 years later: It’s the campaign, stupid.

Hillary Clinton has slipped from “inevitable” front-runner to second fiddle over the past two months, and political observers have chimed in with their take on what went wrong: No plan for after Super Tuesday. A poor caucus strategy. Her husband.

Leon Panetta, former White House chief of staff to Bill Clinton, is the latest Clinton loyalist to come out and criticize the campaign. And he suggests the problem was all of the above.

“It seems to me like they rolled the dice on Super Tuesday, thinking that would end it,” Panetta told The New York Observer. “And when it didn’t end it, they didn’t have a plan. And when it came to the caucus states, they did have a plan — which was to ignore them. I think those were serious mistakes.”

Looks like the wheels are coming off and there’s no pit crew left. The rest of the story.

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2 Responses

  1. Heh. A friend of mine told me today she never thought the day would come when she thought Hillary was the better Dem candidate of those running.

  2. I know, that’s a little hard for me to believe too. I love seeing the Clinton’s lose, but the Messiah is real scary.

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