February 9, 2016

MSNBC: Talk Of Staff Shake Up In The Clinton Campaign Sounds A Lot Like 2008

Yesterday, Politico reported that, “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.”

This isn’t the first report of a possible campaign shake up. Following Clinton’s poor showing in Iowa last week, The New York Times reported:

“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.”

This Morning, Bloomberg’s John Heilemann said of these reports:

HEILEMANN: A classic Clinton scenario. First of all, everyone who went to work for this campaign always assumed at some point this would happen. This is what happens with the Clintons. At some point you have a crisis in the campaign and there are discussions of shakeups. It’s still really bad for morale to have this discussion on the eve of the New Hampshire primary.

Heilemann went on to point out:

HEILEMANN: Bernie Sanders correctly points out that when he got in the race Hillary Clinton was ahead by 40 points in New Hampshire…The reality of the tie in Iowa and now maybe getting beaten by double digits here, I think many people in the campaign assumed she would win more decisively in Iowa and that she might conceivable win here. It’s just the reality of it now that they are going to head out of New Hampshire, the state that the Clinton’s are so invested, that has been so good to them for so long. To leave this state getting beaten badly potentially by Bernie Sanders, just the reality of it is a very hard blow

While Barack Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod tweeted about the Politico article:

If history is any indication of what’s to come, people should expect the Clintons to make changes following New Hampshire, despite all the evidence pointing to Hillary Clinton as the real problem.