The Atlantic: Inside the Clinton Shake-Up

Josh Green's Piece Finds a Home

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Josh Green had originally done a great deal of research and reporting on the Hillary Clinton campaign for an article slated to run in GQ. The article was spiked, if multiple sources and a very weak defense from the magazine are any indication, because Camp Clinton threatened to deny access to Bill Clinton. Now, that piece (or something like it) has landed at The Atlantic. And, boy, is it something else.

Regarding the recently-ousted Patti Solis Doyle, Green write:
Above all, Clinton prizes loyalty and discipline, and Solis Doyle demonstrated both traits, if little else. This suggests to me that for all the emphasis Clinton has placed on executive leadership in this campaign, her own approach is a lot closer to the current president's than her supporters might like to admit.
That's got to sting, considering the general attitude toward George W. Bush. And that isn't the harshest thing said about Solis Doyle in the piece. Not that the rest of the campaign comes off well.

One of the campaign's biggest mistakes was living in the past:
It was failing to realize that the world of political fund-raising had changed dramatically since Bill Clinton had last run for president, in a way that put a premium on different kinds of fund-raisers than the ones to which the Clintons had ties. Campaign-finance reform had banned the large, six-figure "soft-money" contributions the Clintons once relied on from people like Ron Burkle, Steve Bing, and David Geffen. In their place, small, "hard-money" donations took on far greater importance, and a new generation of fund-raisers able to corral many people to write four-figure checks suddenly became the true prize.
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