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Clinton’s Staff Shake Up Following NH

- February 11, 2016

Rumors Are Flying That Clinton Is Shaking Up Her Campaign Staff

"Amid A Slower-Than-Expected Start To A Presidential Primary Campaign, There Are Rumors Of A Staff Shakeup In Hillary Clinton's Campaign." "Stop me if you've heard this before: Amid a slower-than-expected start to a presidential primary campaign, there are rumors of a staff shakeup in Hillary Clinton's campaign." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

Politico Reported That Clinton Is "So Dissatisfied" With Her Campaign That She Is "Considering Staffing And Strategy Changes" After New Hampshire. "Hillary and Bill Clinton are so dissatisfied with their campaign's messaging and digital operations they are considering staffing and strategy changes after what's expected to be a loss in Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, according to a half-dozen people with direct knowledge of the situation. The Clintons -- stung by her narrow victory in Iowa and shocked by polls showing her losing by as much as 20 percent here -- had been planning to reassess staffing at the campaign's Brooklyn headquarters after the first four primaries, but the Clintons have become increasingly caustic in their criticism of aides and demanded the reassessment sooner, a source told POLITICO." (Glenn Thrush and Annie Karni, "Clinton Weights Staff Shake-Up After New Hampshire," Politico, 2/8/16)

  • Politico Headline: "Clinton Weights Staff Shake-Up After New Hampshire" (Glenn Thrush and Annie Karni, "Clinton Weights Staff Shake-Up After New Hampshire," Politico, 2/8/16)

But Whose Fault Is It?

The Washington Post's The Fix Headline: "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

The Washington Post's The Fix's Chris Cillizza: "The Lone, Major Common Thread Between The 2008 Campaign And The 2016 Campaign Is Hillary (And Bill) Clinton." "I don't spend every day inside the Clinton campaign. So, I can't say that an addition here or a subtraction there would make a big difference in how the campaign operates or how effective Clinton's messaging is on the campaign trail. But, here's what I do know: The lone, major common thread between the 2008 campaign and the 2016 campaign is Hillary (and Bill) Clinton." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

Former Top Political Adviser To Obama, David Axelrod Said That Clinton's "Inner Circle Should Accept More Responsibility For The Candidate's Struggles." "David Axelrod, the former top political adviser to President Barack Obama, said Monday that Hillary Clinton's inner circle should accept more responsibility for the candidate's struggles." (Gregory King, "Former Obama Adviser: Clinton Should Look Inward Over Struggles," CNN, 2/8/16)

Top Clinton Campaign Pollster Joel Benenson "Is Among The Senior Staff Whose Positions Could Be In Jeopardy." "Top campaign pollster Joel Benenson, Axelrod's former colleague on the Obama team, is among the senior staff whose positions could be in jeopardy." (Gregory King, "Former Obama Adviser: Clinton Should Look Inward Over Struggles," CNN, 2/8/16)

After Iowa, "Discussions Were Underway Among Her Outside Advisers And Donors About The Need To Bring In Longtime Clinton Aides And Diminish The Role Of [Campaign Manager] Robby Mook." "Even before Mrs. Clinton finished her brief remarks to her supporters late Monday night, discussions were underway among her outside advisers and donors about the need to bring in longtime Clinton aides and diminish the role of Robby Mook, her young data-driven campaign manager. Asked about such discussions, Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the campaign, grew irritated. 'Are you serious?' he said tersely to a reporter." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Campaign, Unnerved By Iowa, Braces For New Hampshire," The New York Times, 2/2/16)

  • Mook Faced Questions "About Whether His Job Was In Danger After Whispers That A Staff Shake-Up Was On The Way." "In the run-up to Clinton's 2016 campaign, her senior staffers made clear that this would be a totally different sort of campaign than the one in 2008, most notably because the likes of Penn would be on the outside while a group of younger aides more familiar with the challenges of modern races would be making decisions. Robby Mook, the young campaign nerd beloved by everyone who ever worked with him, was the living, breathing sign of that change. And yet, Mook himself had to endure questions from the press last week about whether his job was in danger after whispers that a staff shake-up was on the way. What's clear from the Politico report is that, for the Clintons, old habits die hard." (Chris Cillizza, "Hillary Clinton's Biggest Campaign Problem May Be, Well, Hillary Clinton," The Washington Post , 2/8/16)

It Wasn't Supposed To Be This Way For Clinton

Going Into 2016, Clinton's Campaign "Made Clear That This Would Be A Totally Different Sort Of Campaign Than The One Run In 2008…" "In the runup to Clinton's 2016 campaign her senior staffers made clear that this would be a totally different sort of campaign than the one run in 2008, most notably because the likes of Penn would be on the outside while a group of younger aides more familiar with the challenges of modern races would be making decisions." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

  • Robby Mook Stood For The "Living, Breathing Sign Of That Change." "Robby Mook, the young campaign nerd beloved by everyone who ever worked with him, was the living, breathing sign of that change." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

But For The Clinton's "Old Habits Die Hard," Having Narrowly Winning Iowa, And Facing A Double Digit Loss In New Hampshire, "The Pressure Is On And The Old Voices Appear To Be Reasserting Themselves. "What's clear from the Politico report is that, for the Clintons, old habits die hard. Sure, a year ago it was easy to say that the new generation would run things. Clinton was ahead by 50 points and the chances of a Sanders boomlet looked roughly equivalent to the chances of winning the Powerball lottery. But now, having narrowly escaped an Iowa caucus loss and staring down a double digit defeat in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the pressure is on and the old voices appear to be reasserting themselves." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)


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