June 16th, 2008
07:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Unhappiness in Clinton camp over Obama hire

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The news of Patti Solis Doyle’s hire by Barack Obama is not being well-received by many of those close to the New York senator and by former members of her campaign team, according to a longtime adviser, a top campaign staffer and several major donors.

Doyle, long rumored to be in talks with the Obama team about a position on the Illinois senator’s presidential campaign, was officially named the chief of staff for Obama’s future vice presidential pick on Monday.

According to one longtime adviser, the move is being seen by many of those close to Clinton as a message she will not be Obama’s vice presidential pick.

An aide to Obama insists the hire should not be read as indication of who their choice will be.

The official reaction from the Clinton camp contained no criticism of the the hire. “Patti will be an asset and good addition to the Obama campaign,” said campaign spokesman Mo Eleithee. “After nearly two decades in political life, she brings with her the ability to tap an extensive network that will be a huge asset to Senator Obama. As Senator Clinton has said, we’re all going to do our part to help elect Senator Obama as the next President of the United States.”

But many of those close to Clinton remain "angry and furious with [Doyle]" over the campaign’s performance early in the primary season, and share a widespread belief she "grossly mismanaged our campaign," according to one former staffer.

"[T]here was no modicum of planning, none of the backup plan that would be in place at any smart campaign in the event we'd lose Iowa, no planning after Super Tuesday," said one former aide. Others say there is plenty of blame to go around.

A top Democrat close to Solis Doyle says Solis Doyle would not have accepted the job if she believed Senator Clinton would be Obama's choice for vice president.

soundoff (440 Responses)
  1. KC

    Clinton mismanaged her own campaign. If people haven't realized it by now, the minions only take orders from HRC, they dont' give them. HRC set the agenda. She even said herself (go back and look at the clips), "this thing will be over after super Tuesday." If Ms. Doyle is as talented as she appears, Obama is right to tap her. Besides, she was just being used as the "scapegoat" for an arrogant campaign by HRC, starting with her feeling "entitled" to the nomination.

    June 16, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. Marvin

    Has anyone thought that Hillary truly doesn't want the position as VP? I'll be willing to bet money, that Hillary's plans are to do just as she promised. Healthcare! It might be done as Senator Clinton or it might be done as Sect. of Health and Human Services. Hillary is a smart lady, much smarter than many of her supporters who are trying to limit her to VP. My guess is Hillary doesn't want VP, but she has already told Obama she'll take the position as Sect. of Health and Human Services. Just like Edwards has indicated he'll take the position as Att. General because he doesn't want to limit himself to a VP spot. It’s about time the Hillary supporter set back and allow Obama, Hillary, Edwards and others do their thing. Remember, Hillary is a dynamitic individual. She knows what will best fit her and her future. Stop impeding VP on her and let it go.

    June 16, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. DenverDem

    Sore losers who care nothing about the party, but everything about the Clintons. I supported them from the beginning, but they have proved over the last few months that they care nothing about the party, and everything about themselves.

    Give back something to those who supported you all those years.

    June 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. Edith

    It's a clear sign that he's his own person and not going to resort to doing what others think is right. Who cares if the Clinton camp isn't agreeing with his decision. The Clinton camp is only giving proof that if Hillary had been on the ticket, her side AND BILL would have run the whole thing. There is a reason he is picking Doyle and so far, his team seems right on the money with their choices. We'll see I guess.

    June 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. Kathy

    Hey seriously....
    Go ahead and puke.
    "Change yes we can" .....come Nov will become...
    "Change that did not happen"
    Your guy Obama is never going to win.
    Again I say the DNC has a long history of selecting candidates that fail to deliver the votes. And while myself and many others continued to support the party hoping that just one time (Bill Clinton being the last candidate)–that maybe just one time they would pick a winner–but never seems to happen.
    Gore-2 term VP–lost to Governor of TX
    Kerry-4 term Senator-lost to Bush
    They have no clue what is best for this country, and this rally behind Obama is prove yet again just how shameless they are..
    The party that once represented the people, now has become the party that caters to the far-left liberal view of the world–completely out of touch. If I seriously thought Obama was for real...and could win back the White House, I would have voted for him. But I don't trust him, nor his wife. He is so ill qualified for the job that it is scary.
    Goodbye party, its time for millions of us to move on.

    June 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. Hillary Supporter

    Patti sabotaged the Clinton campaign and now she is getting rewarded for it.

    June 16, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Michigan Voter !!!

    I Support Hillary She Is The Best Canidate For President , In A Race Between Obama And Sen. John McCain , I Will Vote John McCain For President . I'm A Life Long Democrat Like My Parents , And Grand Parents . But Folks I Gotta Tell Ya , John McCain Is A Way Stronger Canidate , Than Obama !!!

    This November This Democrat Will Cross Party Lines , And Vote For The Republican Ticket . Party Issues Don't matter Anymore , Al Gore Is Endorsing Obama In Detoit Tonight , Obama Can Have All The Endorsements From Democratic Elete , Means Nothing To Me ,The Deal Is I Don't Endorse Him !!!

    America Needs A Strong President !!!!

    This Democrat From Michigan , Will Support , And Vote For ,

    Sen. John McCain President , 2008

    June 16, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. look at the polls dash

    hey dash look at the poll numbers. Speak for yourself.

    June 16, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. SUE, Michigan

    You do have to wonder about him hiring a woman who messed up several things while on Hillary's payroll...it better not come out that she was working for him all along...many of us already feel the nomination was stolen from Hillary. And in spite of the polls, many of us are not ready to jump onto Obama's bandwagon and start screaming for "change." I will never vote for McCain, but right now I cannot vote for Obama either. I do not think he can win without Hillary, and I am afraid that if Obama chooses a man as VP, McCain will choose a strong woman, and the Clinton women and others will have a reason to switch.

    June 16, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. Pam

    Why should anyone care what Clinton's camp is happy or unhappy about? She lost, get over it and move on.

    June 16, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. Pam

    This Democrat From Michigan , Will Support , And Vote For
    John McCain President , 2008
    _________________

    Nice try, but you're no Democrat.

    June 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. interesting

    Doyle to select VP candidate? LOL

    She can't do squat. What judgment indeed. No Obama for 2008

    McCain or Bugs Bunny if you ask me.

    June 16, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. Cruiser66

    All these hateful messages. Sounds like you are worshiping a person rather than God. If you don't want to vote for Sen. Obama – fine. But the world is watching and reading. People read these messages all over the world. When you spew your hateful attacks and smears, just what do you think the world thinks about Americans. You should be ashamed of yourselves. AND get some knowledge and information, e.g. learn what it means when someone votes PRESENT. People must think we are complete idiots.

    June 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. mark from syracuse

    United we stand... let's give Patti a second chance. We need to elect a democrat to the white house in November. All though I would prefer Clinton on the ticket as VP, let's let the dust settle a bit more. I am sure Obama will make the best decision for his campaign. Besides....2012 isn't that far away and we all know who will be the primary winner then!

    June 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Fazio

    I hope she manages Obama's campaign to pick a VP better than she managed HRC's primary campaign!

    For all you PUMA's who had supported HRC: do you really want to reverse Roe vs Wade? Do you really want the US to be permanently entrenched in Iraq? Do you really want economic policies that favor the top 5%?... No, I thought not. Then by voting for McCain, you will be voting for another 4 years of George Bush. Wake up folks! This is not a popularity contest - this is the future of our country that we're talking about!

    June 16, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. sm

    PSD is as bad as LSD. I think we are tripping. Otherwise why would you hire your own mole?

    June 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. bernadette

    this is a win win situation for everyone... if obama had not hired anyone from the clinton camp, some crazy people would be complaining that he does not want clintonites

    June 16, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. Bob

    I know it's more fun to report on this as some major slight to Hillary...I think Turner must have a minority share in PUMA for as much attention as they get here...but....how about this....

    David Axlerod has known Patti Solis-Doyle for a long time. He hired her. He clearly thinks it was not her fault for Clinton's losses. Mark Penn was, he knows that. End of story.

    I'm sure Obama only hired her because he's a sexist anyway...

    June 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. REG in AZ

    Here we go again! It is hard to believe that once again, like in 2000 and 2004, there will be many voters susceptible to being manipulated by device aimed at their biases with the intention of once more subtly manipulating their vote. There is no doubt, as substantiated by the polls now four and eight years later, that there are many who regret being persuaded by the aggressive and deceptive appeal that was aimed at their concern for Christian values, for bipartisan unity, for strong hawkish protection and for a cocky and arrogant leader that would represent all of the people because literally all we got was a self-indulgent focus on benefiting Special Interests and a select few while giving only apathy, more subterfuge and the costs to the average American. The concerns were valid but the trust was misplaced. Now today Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive officer of HP, attempts to tap the sympathy and affection felt for Hillary Clinton and turn that into voting for John McCain. With hindsight, remembering ‘Swiftboat’ and all the rest, the manipulation is obvious and not all that subtle, not too different from the purpose of Karl Rove’s and Russ Limbaugh’s appeal for Republicans to crossover and vote for Clinton in the primaries. It is just the beginning of many efforts that will be used to distract voters from focusing on the issues and on making an objective decision for themselves. Personally I don’t want more of the same, not more of Bush-Cheney policies and not more of Washington as usual. However, the point here is that what each of us needs to do is to be on guard and refuse to be swayed by these attempts and to simply objectively vote our values and conscience. We need to insure that if we vote for John McCain, or for Barack Obama, it is because we believe that they offer the best chance for us and for our country and not just because someone got us emotional and focused on some bias/prejudice.

    June 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Bob

    So Hillary is more important than ALL of the issues she's believed in and fought for? Makes sense...

    You are going to fight sexism by voting for sexism? Good luck to you with that.

    June 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. Charles

    The thing is, she didn't mess up her campaign. She was one of those that were against the direction the campaign was heading. Hillary made the mistake of keeping Penn with her for so long and was forced to release him only after scandal came up regarding him and Columbia. Solis will add greatly to the campaign as she will have positive people working with her who are all going in the same direction as opposed to the mess that Clinton insiders have said ran rampant inside her campaign.

    June 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  22. TheOutsider

    Thank you all CNN for posting news everyday and balancing the political atmosphere with ¨the political ticker¨ .

    I want you to know, guys, that you must stop being so egoist. You've got a clear choice this November. I can't imagine myself someone with the right judgment voting republican this year! I'm not American, but thanks to your Ol' Friend Dubya, your image abroad is way too broken. Needless to say, your economy. YOU NEED TO SAVE YOUR COUNTRY, YOU NEED TO SHOW THE WORLD YOU ARE A NATION that any other one would feel proud of even try to mimic. I know what you're gonna do. We STILL admire, but not as always, though!

    June 16, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Melanie

    You know...it's funny. I always thought that Democrats voted for Democrats based on the shared issues. I will be the first to tell you that I was waving my yellow foam finger for John Edwards, and when he lost, I was torn as to which candidate to back. But with Obama being the presumptive nominee, he is DEFINITELY the candidate to back. After researching the man, and listening to his speeches, and checking out his stance on the issues, I definitely think he's a great candidate. He will give the world, in my opinion, a more approachable President than the US has had EVER.

    I find it hard to understand these Democratic traitors, and am beginning to believe that they are indeed, the same Republicans who voted for HRC under advisement from Rush Limbaugh.

    Don't you people realize that Rush was endorsing HRC because he knew she wouldn't be able to beat McCain in November?

    June 16, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Will

    The media made Hill the front runner, not Hillary. The media also shut John Edwards out from the the get go. Then Bill complains how Hillary was treated, yet never came to Al Gore's aid in 2000.
    She will never be the pick for VP. The Clinton's have no loyalty to anyone but them self's. But are the first to point and wag fingers.
    P.S. I voted for Hill on Feb 12th.

    June 16, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. Jason, Texas

    Clinton supporters, stop being divisive. He won. Get over it.

    Also, he will be one of the greatest presidents this nation has seen in some time. Listen to Gore. At least he can see it.

    June 16, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
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