What would you do if you were fighting for a new job that would give you more power, status and stardom than you ever dreamed of, but your people just couldn’t seem to get it together? Would you hold on and hope things would change. Or would you move on? If you were like presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, you’d come out with guns blazing and let people go.
That’s right. According to media circuits like CNN and Fox News, Hillary Clinton is cleaning up camp. And, the first thing she did was fire her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle. It is news that shocked everyone.
For those of you who don’t know, Doyle and Clinton have a long history of working together. Harvard graduate Doyle first worked as an assistant for Clinton. Then, she successfully ran her campaign for New York Senator in 2000. Based on this victory, it seemed that she’d be perfect in the same role for Hillary Clinton’s new prospective job as president. However, things begin to unravel quickly. The match made in heaven started going to hell.
The First Error
Doyle’s first error in judgement came when she put Bill Clinton on the campaign trail for his wife. She thought his popularity with African Americans would win over their votes. Instead it lost them along with others and created a new political term, “The Bill Clinton Effect.”
The Second Error
“Where’s the money?” Is the question Hillary probably asked Solis Doyle in January of 2008. This is when she figured out funds were low and that her presidential campaign would be hurt by it. However, Clinton stuck by her friend and put up $5 million dollars of her own money to compensate for the deficit. It’s an act that no politician wants to do.
The Third (and Final) Error
Doyle’s last error was underestimating the competition, namely Barack Obama. She didn’t properly predict the positive response of Obama on the youth and Caucasian men. Outside of African Americans, these people are overwhelming voting for him. It’s a major reason why he swept that last few caucuses in Nebraska, Washington and Maine along with winning the primary in Louisiana. This win reflects the lack of foresight on Doyle’s part because Obama was considered to be the underdog from the beginning of the race. Now, he’s on top.
So, in this case, three strikes and you’re out. Doyle is being replaced with Maggie Williams. Clinton hopes she’ll be able to turn things around. We’ll see if it works. Switching up campaign managers now isn’t the norm for most presidential hopefuls. However, this election isn’t the norm either. So, it could actually help and put Hillary Clinton where she wants to be – in the White House.