“Patti fired me,” Reines recalled, adding with a smirk, “I just sort of ignored it, like George Costanza. I was in the office the next day at 7 a.m.” He said that Clinton had known about the profile before it ran and that she decided to keep him on. “Ultimately, the organization was and is run by one person,” he said. “One person wanted me there.” Solis Doyle declined to comment on the incident. … The prize destination for Clinton’s Senate staffers was campaign headquarters in Arlington, but Reines wasn’t welcome there. Adding insult to injury, Clinton hired Reines’s rivals in Schumer’s press office. They disparaged him as the “purse holder,” after the New York Times described Reines toting Clinton’s handbag.
Reines was patient. “I knew that the first ones in are not always the last ones out,” he said. – Washington Post
Patti Solis Doyle firing Reines is laughable, but everything about her leadership inside Hillaryland could go under that heading. As if being canned by anyone but the boss would matter to Reines.
I’ve traded innumerable emails with Reines over the last years. We’d been attempting to meet for cocktails for months and when a time opened up we could both book, at the time, I still didn’t navigate Washington, D.C. very well. I got so lost that I was over an hour late, something that never happens to me, texting him my travails as I tried to find a hotel that was in the center of everything. Mortified when I showed up at the hotel bar, there he sat waiting patiently in the back, with another Clinton confidante. He was gracious and even bought a round of drinks.
One of the things we talked about was McChrystal’s implosion in Rolling Stone, which I found untenable for him and explained why. Reines clearly disagreed, but didn’t show Sec. Clinton’s hand while staying loyal to the administration until the inevitable ax came down.
It’s fitting that as Sec. Clinton enters the shank half of her secretary of state tenure, the man who’s served her unfailingly as the dogged political lineman of Hillaryland gets drawn out.
In the end, the buck always stops with Hillary:
On Sept. 26, 2007, Clinton met her campaign team for a debate preparation session at the Phoenix Park Hotel. In the middle of the session, she excused herself for an appointment on the Hill and then, to the horror of her campaign, voted for a measure to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization — a disastrous move for a candidate looking to shed a hawkish reputation in a Democratic primary. Her campaign’s senior strategist, Mark Penn, fired off an e-mail to Reines, one of the 859,200 Senate and campaign e-mails Reines has saved, expressing frustration that the Senate staff didn’t tell the campaign that the vote was coming. “We didn’t know she was leaving prep to vote,” Reines wrote at the time. “And were surprised when she did.”
Former campaign officials still blame Reines for failing to flag the vote. Reines places the blame elsewhere. “In fairness to her,” Reines said of Clinton, “she did what she always does; she looked to other people to see how they were voting. So she looked at Chuck. Chuck voted for it. She looked at Harry Reid. Harry Reid voted for it. She looked at Carl Levin. Carl Levin voted for it. It was the first time that a vote had become so charged” in the run-up to the 2008 election.
After the primaries of 2008, Howard Wolfson landed in Mayor Bloomberg’s office. Where Phillippe Reines lands after Clinton leaves State is anybody’s guess.