By “periodically” I mean every 4-8 years:
Top advisers and former aides to Barack Obama say Hillary Clinton is repeating the mistakes she made in 2008, building a machine in lieu of a message and lumbering toward the Democratic nomination with the same deep vulnerabilities that cost her the nomination eight years earlier.
The former secretary of state has offered her tacit blessing to a series of Democratic organizations, including a draft group, Ready for Hillary, which was recently taken over by a former Clinton aide, and Priorities USA Action, the Obama super PAC repositioning itself to raise huge sums for Clinton. The moves have been effective in telegraphing to other would-be candidates that they may have a hard time raising money and building an organization, and in establishing the sense of inevitability that was central to her 2008 campaign — a perception that also backfired badly.
“I just don’t see any strategic value in stories positioning her as inevitable or the preemptive nominee, and I don’t think people who are out there talking about this help her, and I think she should make that clear,” said Joel Benenson, Obama’s chief campaign pollster and now the top White House pollster. “She doesn’t need this. If she decides to run for president, everybody knows she’s going to be able to raise money, everybody knows she’s going to be extremely formidable, that she’s going to have a significant network of supporters around the country — so what’s the value of all this in 2014?”
In 2008, that sense of inevitability had tactical consequences: her positions drew more scrutiny than her rivals’, and observers developed a rooting interest in the underdog, while donors and operatives who hadn’t gotten in on the Clinton ground floor 20 years earlier went elsewhere. And Obama aides, who outmaneuvered the Clinton juggernaut seven years ago, see similar weaknesses developing already.
“The further out front the effort to elect Sec. Clinton is three years before election day, the greater the incentive is for the press, prospective opponents, and adversarial groups to scrutinize and attack her every move,” said Ben LaBolt, the national press secretary for the 2012 Obama campaign. “Even if it is a well-known candidate — sometimes more so — activists, donors, and voters like to see candidates fighting for every vote. If they start to feel like their power and influence is diminished it could have unforeseen consequences — we learned that lesson the hard way during the New Hampshire primary in 2008.
The willingness of Benenson and others to speak openly about their concerns reflects a growing consensus among Democrats that Clinton may be taking a wrong turn, something that has been much the conversation among the people — notably, advisers to Obama and to former Sen. John Edwards — who jointly beat her seven years ago in Iowa, beginning the end of her campaign. Officials were also willing to speak on the record about what they see as those mistakes, in part to send a message to the former secretary of state. “People are really getting worried about it,” said another former top Obama aide, who said she would like to see a woman elected but worried that Clinton “doesn’t have a compelling rationale for her candidacy.”
There is a bunch more and you can read it if you want to, but it’s a waste of time. It’s just concern trolling.
I don’t care if you support Hillary or not – that’s up to you. My opinion of her is greatly diminished from six years ago. That isn’t what this post is about.
This Buzzfeed article should serve as a reminder to Hillary and her supporters that she still has enemies in the Democratic party. I’m sure she know it, after what happened in 2008 she has no excuse if she get’s blind-sided and sandbagged again.
The article is like a flashback – all the old lies are being regurgitated. Hillary did not lose because she ran a bad campaign, she “lost” the nomination because she was betrayed by a cabal of party leaders who have secretly (and not-so secretly) despised the Clintons for twenty years.
Hillary would have had no problem dealing with her other opponents even if John Edwards had kept his pants zipped. She out-raised all of them (except Obama) in campaign donations and she led in all the polls.
Obama was a ringer and Hillary didn’t take him seriously until it was too late. The Obama campaign was far too organized, funded and politically connected for a freshman Senator who was new to Washington. He was out-raising all his opponents except Hillary when he was still just a blip in the polls. By the time the actually primary started he was out-raising and outspending Hillary by at least 2-1 and the media was declaring him unbeatable even before Super Duper Tuesday.
But you already knew all that.
We all know Hillary is running again. I’ll be shocked if she doesn’t win the nomination. But I have no doubt she has a lot of frenemies in the Democratic party waiting to pounce if she stumbles.