Hillary Clinton’s Memo-gate
Now that the Hillary Clinton campaign is long over, the post mortem has started to happen in public thanks to an investigative report in the Atlantic monthly. Gory details (with leaked emails included) about infighting among campaign staff, indecisiveness starting at the top, poor cash management etc. are available as part of this article.
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.
Considering that the so-called Clinton machinery failed so badly to get its act together and the recent revelations about John Edwards, the Democratic party must consider itself lucky to have picked Barack Obama even without considering any of his strengths and/or weaknesses.