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A Clinton Campaign Shakeup?

By Anne E. Kornblut
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- As voters headed to the polls in New Hampshire and Hillary Clinton prepared for a second defeat at the hands of Sen. Barack Obama, rumors flew about the future of her campaign. Several outside allies -- John Podesta, James Carville and Paul Begala, all of whom served as advisers to former president Bill Clinton -- all were mentioned as possible additions to her team of strategists, but each denied that they were being brought in on Tuesday.

Senior Clinton advisers were hunkered down at her hotel in Concord. None of her top campaign officials has traveled with her on the road in recent days, leaving the candidate to largely crisscross the campaign trail with her daughter, Chelsea, and aide Huma Abedin by her side.

Carville has long been a close adviser to the Clintons, channeling advice to them and speaking publicly about concerns that people on the campaign payroll cannot voice. He and another Clinton confidant, Sidney Blumenthal -- who has been traveling from state to state helping Sen. Clinton -- have been playing an increasing role in the strategy in recent weeks, and are expected to continue to do so even if they are not officially brought in.

Internally, numerous people who are close to Sen. Clinton have gone directly to her in the last few days to complain about the infrastructure and warn that a change of course is needed. A campaign usually known for discipline and a don't-rock-the-boat mentality is now a free-for-all as loyalists try to help her right the ship.

Several people involved in and close to the campaign said they expected a shakeup, if there is one, to take place on Wednesday. But they cautioned that Clinton, who values loyalty, might bring in people to layer over the current group of senior staff despite calls for her to fire everyone en masse.

Terry McAuliffe, the campaign chairman, said publicly and repeatedly on Tuesday that new additions would be made to the staff. "We'll bring in more people to help us," McAuliffe said buoyantly on MSNBC mid-afternoon.
Clinton is expected to return to her home in Chappaqua after New Hampshire before traveling out west to campaign and raise money.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 8, 2008; 6:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

While I think Senator Clinton the best, most experienced person for the job, she needs to keep listening. Also, she needs to have an organization that's nimble enough to adapt and grow. For example, voters in South Carolina have very different needs than those in New Hampshire.

By the way, give Mr. Wolfson enough money to buy a shirt and tie and get a haircut and shave. That sweater distracted from his message on Tuesday night. Of all the staff, he should know better. Further that comment from another staffer about "having a few beers before I got here" (the gym), was totally unprofessional. He SHOULD be fired.

Thank you.

Posted by: ameliatownsend | January 9, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

what is this? we need someone that knows how to handle economy and have a strong heart towards people! who is this person? now is nameless but if we really think is there among the pre-candidates...a. crump

Posted by: armando.romerocrump | January 8, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

what is this? we need someone that knows how to handle economy and have a strong heart towards people! who is this person? now is nameless but if we really think is there among the pre-candidates...a. crump

Posted by: armando.romerocrump | January 8, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Ruth and Jake,

your GOP (thug!) slip is showing....d'oh!

go iron your own dam shirt!

Posted by: pinechee | January 8, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

lbstites - welcome to the land of opportunity!
I still think Edwards is the best for what ails this country but it likely won't matter by the time I vote.

Posted by: jborst | January 8, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Go HILLARY! We (dems) cannot afford to lose. Infrastructure needs fixing. Education needs fixing. Our reputation as a cool-headed nation (as opposed to a on/off nation) needs fixing. Please, please, please vote for Hillary. For the sake of our freedom and security and our dollar....i (a single woman) do not want to be homeless or living just above poverty and unable to pay for more education in 2 years. If Obama (senator) gets nominated, he will not beat McCain or Huckabee (southern gov.). If the GOP gets the Whitehouse: you think Bush is a prick? Try Huckabee or McCain...complete pricks. Hillary is not just another senator. If she were, she wouldn't be who she is today.

Posted by: pinechee | January 8, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I have always been a little more pro Republican, but no more with its capture by the religious right and Bush terrible performance. The nice thing about the Democratic position is that Obama, Edwards and Clinton all seem like a wonderful change, each is acceptable to me. The best guys, by the way, are now gone, namely Dodd and Hagle. I think the Republicans now have no chance.

Posted by: lbstites | January 8, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse


Hey everyone!

Look at the two ounce freight train!!!

Posted by: rmctwo | January 8, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

If Obama become president people the world over will want their own Obama, it will revitalize liberal democracy and can renew the standing of the US in the world. People the world over will want to participate in political renewal if this were to happen; personally I prefer McCain over Obama but Obama has the opportunity to be truly transformative on a global scale. This is an opportunity only available to Americans. Go make this happen!

Posted by: FelixDrost | January 8, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Ruth3:

I sure hope you remember that in November (if she manages to win the Democratic nomination).

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hillary loses and loses by a ton of votes. She has elected to surround herself with so many criminals, to include Sandy Berger, who we know destroyed 9/11 documents that would have exposed the mishandling and cover up by the Bill Clinton administration. Obama is for change, Hillary is for keeping the same criminals around. Everyone needs to vote against Hillary, she is evil.

Posted by: Ruth3 | January 8, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Really, wins what!!! It is too late. You cannot stop a freight train without getting run over. And as for the choke up - - take it from me that was only fatigue and hormones. It had nothing to do with sensitivity. She is just tired and sad nothing more. You cannot sincerely go from being a raging tyrant as she was on the debate to all of a sudden being some sensitive sweet thing. Come on, give us a break.

Posted by: ddraper81 | January 8, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hillary loses and loses by a ton of votes. She has elected to surround herself with so many criminals, to include Sandy Berger, who we know destroyed 9/11 documents that would have exposed the mishandling and cover up by the Bill Clinton administration. Obama is for change, Hillary is for keeping the same criminals around. Everyone needs to vote against Hillary, she is evil.

Posted by: Ruth3 | January 8, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hillary loses and loses by a ton of votes. She has elected to surround herself with so many criminals, to include Sandy Berger, who we know destroyed 9/11 documents that would have exposed the mishandling and cover up by the Bill Clinton administration. Obama is for change, Hillary is for keeping the same criminals around. Everyone needs to vote against Hillary, she is evil.

Posted by: Ruth3 | January 8, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Really, wins what!!! It is too late. You cannot stop a freight train without getting run over. And as for the choke up - - take it from me that was only fatigue and hormones. It had nothing to do with sensitivity. She is just tired and sad nothing more. You cannot sincerely go from being a raging tyrant as she was on the debate to all of a sudden being some sensitive sweet thing. Come on, give us a break.

Posted by: ddraper81 | January 8, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Wins what?

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope to God that Hillary Clinton wins!!!

Posted by: svreader | January 8, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Anne:

I think that Chris Cillizza beat you to the punch (see thread below): "Maggie Williams to Clinton Camp . . . Maggie Williams, a longtime Hillary Clinton confidante, is reportedly being brought on to coordinate the campaign's activities. Insiders have urged campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle to stay on, but no decision have been made . . ."

Nice try though.

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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