She may very well be gearing up for a 2016 Presidential run, but in order to do that, Hillary Clinton needs to have a functioning exploratory office up and running around the beginning of next year. Hell, CSPAN has already aired the first episode of 2016: Road to the White House. If you’re not ramping up the graphic design for the stationery, you’re behind.
There’s good news and bad news then for Hillary. As it turns out, the “Team of Rivals” she put together to handle her ultimately disastrous 2008 campaign will not sign on for another go at the prize, and she’s going to have to assemble a whole new team from scratch. Good news is, they were the ones that lost, so you know, could be worse. Bad news is? Pretty much no one else wants their jobs.
Howard Wolfson, the 2008 communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton, has said he will not return for a 2016 presidential campaign. Neither, for that matter, will Neera Tanden, the campaign’s policy director. Ditto for Mark Penn, the chief strategist, and Patti Solis Doyle, the embattled campaign manager.
As core members of a dysfunctional “Team of Rivals,” these top advisers were seared, scattered and, to different degrees, forged by the 2008 experience. Haunted by the failures in management and messaging, they have worked hard to get over their shattered White House dreams and rejection by a Democratic base enamored with Barack Obama. They express their requisite hope that Clinton will run and win, but also their lack of interest in jumping back in.
Apparently, these three have spent the last eight years trying to forget that Hillary 2008 ever even happened, and, unfortunately, since Hillary has really never undertaken a massive national campaign – other than the one she lost in 2008 – that’s really the only experience she has. Well, that, and any Democratic guilt at picking a relative unknown and ultimately paying the price as he was more third and fourth Bush terms than third and fourth Clinton terms. That is, if Democrats are willing to cap off the Barack Obama Presidency by admitting they should have gone with the devil they knew.