Posted by: iam0nly1 | June 16, 2008

Obama Signals Hillary Shut-out, Hires Her Ex-Campaign Manager [Updated: More Shock and Comment from Hillary]

It is becoming even more apparent that Senator Obama has no intentions what-so-ever have Hillary as his VP. 

PUMA08 reports:

…he just hired Patti Solis Doyle, Hillary’s former campaign manager [emphasis mine], a woman Hillary fired for gross incompetence and financial mismanagement.


Now, you may ask, why does that signal that Hillary won’t be the VP?  Simple, he’s hired Doyle to be the Chief of Staff to whoever the VP is. 

One bundler for Hillary says this is the biggest “f*ck you ever.” 

According to the bundler:

“Either one of two things happen,” said the bundler. “Hillary is selected as vice president and they fire Patti, or Hillary is not going to be the vice president.”

The bundler said that Clinton loyalists were livid over the pick.

“You don’t hire Patti Solis Doyle for her operational expertise,” said the bundler. “You don’t do that. This is someone who failed dramatically at her job. You only bring her on to fuck someone else.”

Well, if this is a “f*ck you,” we here at DONE (Democrats Over Nominating Elitists) would like to extend the same sentiment to Senator Obama. 


Hillary, being the magnanimous and gracious person that she is, according to Ben Smith at Politico, put out this statement:

“Patti will be an asset and good addition to the Obama campaign. After nearly two decades in political life, she brings with her the ability to tap an extensive network that will be a huge asset to Senator Obama. As Senator Clinton has said, we’re all going to do our part to help elect Senator Obama as the next President of the United States,” said spokesman Mo Elleithee.

My take is that Hillary is playing nice because she knows what Obama’s game is. I and Big Tent Democrat over at Talk Left see this exactly the same:

Hmmm. Hillary is fine with it publically. If the Obama gambit was to have Clinton stoically stew, and then say “see, not a team player,” it did not work. I say the discussion of Hillary as VP takes an uptick now. Was that Obama’s goal? Personally, I doubt it. He is still between a rock and a hard place on the VP issue imo.

While Hillary is playing nice, insiders in the Clinton camp are understandably livid. The Washington Post reports:

It’s a slap in the face,” Susie Tompkins Buell, a prominent Clinton backer, said in an interview. “Why would they put somebody that was so clearly ineffective in such a position? It’s a message. We get it.” She said it was a “calculated decision” by the Obama team to “send a message that she [Clinton] is not being considered for the ticket.”

Other Clinton insiders also seethed. “Who can blame Obama for rewarding Patti? He would never be the nominee without her,” one person who has worked for both Clintons and remains close to them said. The sentiment reflected what another person in the immediate Clinton orbit described as “shock” that Obama would send such a strong signal that he is not considering Clinton as his runningmate so soon.

Looks like Obama isn’t inspiring the “unity” and “hope” he claims.



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