Obama Hires Patti Solis Doyle
There’s an inordinate amount of buzz over the fact that Barack Obama has hired Patti Solis Doyle, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, to serve as chief of staff for the eventual vice presidential nominee. Some Clinton insiders are furious about the move because, apparently, the parting was not friendly and this is being perceived as a slap in the face or, well, worse. Just about everyone seems to be excited about this.
But isn’t this what always happens after the primaries are over and the winner gears up for the general election run?
Naturally, there are a lot of unemployed Democratic operatives out there looking for work. Despite their candidates having lost, some percentage of them are bound to have skills that Obama can use. Presumably, the fact that Clinton, then the heavy favorite, hired her to run her campaign out of all the possibilities available to her is an indication that she’s not without some talent.
Further, if Doyle gets along with Obama and his senior staff, who cares whether she and Clinton are BFF? Aside, one imagines, that this is a pretty good signal that Clinton isn’t going to get the VP nod?
I take Kevin Drum‘s point that it behooves Obama to make nice with Hillary. But, really, his obligations on that front are minimal. Indeed, if she wants any chance of a post-loss political career, she’s got every incentive in the world to give the impression she’s doing everything she can to help Obama win.
That said, the sniping from the Clinton team is amusing. Especially this jibe: “Who can blame Obama for rewarding Patti? He would never be the nominee without her.”