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Inside Camp Clinton


The most stunning part is that some Clintonties handed over this dirt: I approached a number of current and former Clinton staffers and outside consultants and asked them to share memos, e-mails, meeting minutes, diaries—anything
that would offer a contemporaneous account.
They did and the result is an amazing look inside via
Josh Green
:


… .. Wow, it was even worse than I’d imagined! The anger
and toxic obsessions overwhelmed even the most reserved Beltway wise men.
Surprisingly, Clinton herself, when pressed, was her own shrewdest strategist,
a role that had never been her strong suit in the White House. But her advisers
couldn’t execute strategy; they routinely attacked and undermined each
other, and Clinton never forced a resolution. Major decisions would be put
off for weeks until suddenly she would erupt, driving her staff to panic and
misfire.

Above all, this irony emerges: Clinton ran on the basis of managerial competence—on
her capacity, as she liked to put it, to “do the job from Day One.”
In fact, she never behaved like a chief executive, and her own staff proved
to be her Achilles’ heel. What is clear from the internal documents
is that Clinton’s loss derived not from any specific decision she made
but rather from the preponderance of the many she did not make. Her hesitancy
and habit of avoiding hard choices exacted a price that eventually sank her
chances at the presidency. What follows is the inside account of how the campaign
for the seemingly unstoppable Democratic nominee came into being, and then
came apart. … ..

The
Front-Runner’s Fall
, by Joshua Green

The memos are quite a read.

First Edwards, now this stuff. Are the stars converging to sabotage the Democrats? Or are we doing it to ourselves. Remarkable.

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