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Friday, March 07, 2008

Samantha Powers resigns from Obama campaign.

After calling Senator Clinton "a monster" (in the press yesterday, I don't know what day she said it,) Obama adviser Samantha Powers resigns.

(And to short circuit the argument, no. This is not the same thing as the comments by nominee Clinton below. This is one aide saying something unforgivable, not a conscious campaign decision.)


  • I was on the fence with this comment. But once it made it into the corporate American press, I think it was a fait accompli.

    If she had said the Clinton campaign had engaged in "monstrous" tactics, that would have been different. But to make a personal, character judgment of the candidate herself, that really can't stand if your running a campaign against politics as usual.

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:47 AM  

  • Kudos to her for resigning and for OB accepting the resignation. And for her not trying to explain away what she said or trying to argue context for days on end...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:02 PM  

  • Again, not a campaign decision, just really stupid.

    She had to go. This is across the line.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:34 PM  

  • I think this is going to be one of the big challenges for Obama--keeping his supporters in line. He himself seems pretty disciplined and careful in what he says. But some of his supporters are so passionate that they appear as an unpleasant caricature of the far left--self-righteous, naive, over-the-top--and they don't realize how poorly that plays in Middle America, where the general election will be won or lost.

    It's a healthy sign for his campaign that this was handled quickly, decisively, and correctly.

    By Anonymous tg, at 2:35 PM  

  • Agreed.

    But let me say, that this was not one of the "naive over-the-top" supporters you so broadly characterized, this was a campaign aide, and I would bet she's reasoned enough not to fall into that classification.

    To me, it's a sign of the internal frustrations at the Obama campaign accidentally spilling over into the public.

    (Much like the now well covered Ickes Penn phone call where they started shouting "fuck you" at each other.)

    And they did deal with this in pretty much the right way. If anything, it could have been prompter. She should've been gone before the Clinton camp had a chance to call for her resignation.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:18 PM  

  • To me this just shows the level of pressure that they must all be feeling. It was wrong but certainly human. I don't think it was underhanded or conniving.

    I hope everyone (especially the Clinton camp) can drop this and just move on.

    By Blogger Ptelea, at 4:03 PM  

  • Agreed, although I don't know if they will. They were tying it to the whole Canada Nafta thing today and trying to create a narrative.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:27 PM  

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