How to spend $106 million and lose

posted at 6:21 pm on February 22, 2008 by Allahpundit

It occurs to me that I’ve been so busy wringing my hands over the Messiah that I’ve denied you the basic right of every conservative blog reader: Pure, blissful schadenfreude over Her Majesty’s political demise.

A terrible oversight. I promise it won’t happen again. To atone:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s latest campaign finance report, published Wednesday night, appeared even to her most stalwart supporters and donors to be a road map of her political and management failings. Several of them, echoing political analysts, expressed concerns that Mrs. Clinton’s spending priorities amounted to costly errors in judgment that have hamstrung her competitiveness against Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

“We didn’t raise all of this money to keep paying consultants who have pursued basically the wrong strategy for a year now,” said a prominent New York donor. “So much about her campaign needs to change — but it may be too late.”…

Patti Solis Doyle, Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign manager until she was replaced on Feb. 10, also ran her Senate re-election bid in 2006. That campaign spent about $30 million even though Mrs. Clinton faced only token Democratic and Republican opposition…

[T]he Clinton campaign at times found itself spending money on items that were not ultimately helpful. As part of their get-out-the-vote effort in Iowa, the campaign came up with a plan to have a local supermarket deliver sandwich platters to pre-caucus parties. It spent more than $95,384 on Jan. 1 at Hy-Vee Inc., a local grocery chain in West Des Moines, Iowa, in addition to buying loads of snow shovels to clear the walks for caucusgoers. Mrs. Clinton came in third in the Jan. 3 caucus. It did not snow.

It’s not just bad spending — $10 million thus far to the firm of Mark Penn, the would-be Rove figure who, more than anyone else, has helped steer this plane into the ground — but dumb spending. Read Joe Trippi’s pithy take about halfway through. They exhausted lots of big donors at the beginning and poured money into early states to try to knock Obama out. When it didn’t happen, they had no Plan B. Get that woman an executive position, stat!

The superdelegates are already headed to the lifeboats to the tune of a dozen a week by the AP’s count, despite Hillary’s best efforts to apply a tourniquet. The Journal’s compiled an easy peasy scrollable list indicating who’s undecided and who, thus far, is committed to a candidate (read: Hillary) different from the one for whom their district voted (read: Obama). That’s where the next round of switches will come.

The exit question I never thought I’d ask: What’s next for our gal? Conventional wisdom is that she’ll try to remake herself as a Kennedyesque power broker in the senate, but Obama won’t want her there harboring a grudge and trying to kneecap him on key legislation when he’s president. Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?


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Would be a perfect replacement for Bush, the spending could continue without missing a beat.

Wade on February 22, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Cue the humping robot?

dentalque on February 22, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

It’s a good thing you’re not in arms reach. ;)

Connie on February 22, 2008 at 6:28 PM

What’s next for our gal?

Baking cookies on cable TV?

Tzetzes on February 22, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Justice Clinton? I don’t know the likelihood, but the thought just made me gag violently. At least as President, we could ignore her after 4 or 8 years…

Wineaholic on February 22, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Better that those robots

dentalque on February 22, 2008 at 6:30 PM

AP,
JUSTICE CLINTON?
you bite your tongue, immediately!

I just choked on my hot chocolate.

Janna on February 22, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Here it is, better than those robots
http://youtube.com/watch?v=McHyLKw5mHc

dentalque on February 22, 2008 at 6:31 PM

The ineptitude surprises anyone?

Women thinking that they are the smartest women in the world are the easiest to fool.

jukin on February 22, 2008 at 6:31 PM

These millions don’t even take into consideration the Bimbo allowance that Hillary gives Bill to “lay lay” until the convention.

volsense on February 22, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

I’d rather have my toy Elmo threaten to kill me.

BadgerHawk on February 22, 2008 at 6:32 PM

she could end up as obama’s new mC.
their own personal hell.

jimmer on February 22, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Just think what would happen if she could get her hands on the federal budget.

d1carter on February 22, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Did the Clintons even utilize James Carville?

I was reading this post by Roger Stone the other day:

Unfortunately, Hillary’s campaign strategy as devised by Mark Penn, her chief political strategist and guru, has been wrong on virtually every one of its assumptions. Penn and Clinton media consultant Mandy Grunwald assumed American wanted detailed policy plans, when in fact Barack Obama correctly figured out that the voters were looking for inspiration rather than details.

In a conference call of the Hill-Raisers, Hillary’s top fundraisers, there was substantial complaining that Penn had taken nearly $5 million in fees from the campaign for a losing strategy. “Firing Patti Doyle and keeping Mark Penn is like keeping the dirty diapers on the baby and changing the pins,” one frustrated Democrat told me. Now, top fundraisers are demanding to know if Penn has also taken a per-piece and per-call kick-back for campaign voter mailings and voter phone calls.

amerpundit on February 22, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Why stop at one? How about Justices Clinton? That would be the one sure way to make sure neither of them actually enjoyed the gig.

Sugar Land on February 22, 2008 at 6:35 PM

What’s next for our gal?

Appearing as the Wicked Witch in a remake of The Wizard of Oz? You wouldn’t want that cackle to go to waste.

ReubenJCogburn on February 22, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Snow shovels and it didn’t snow? Her campaign staff could slip right into government jobs with no cross training. Mark Penn is the biggest winner of them all. Good for him for taking all that hard earned cash from true believers and doing something worthwhile with it.

a capella on February 22, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Read Joe Trippi’s pithy take about halfway through. They exhausted lots of big donors at the beginning and poured money into early states to try to knock Obama out. When it didn’t happen, they had no Plan B. Get that woman an executive position, stat!

But remember, AP – she’s qualified to be CINC on Day One!!

Levy on February 22, 2008 at 6:41 PM

I think they went into this campaign figuring that they had it all locked up and what the hell, lets party on the contributors cash. They win the nomination and more cash is coming in, hey its party time.

cjs1943 on February 22, 2008 at 6:44 PM

When it didn’t happen, they had no Plan B.

“Plan B? There is no Plan B! You’ve screwed me for the last time Pennypacker!”

Mallard T. Drake on February 22, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Thanks for Friday afternoon shudder Allah………….I’m heading out to the pub for a cold one.

omnipotent on February 22, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

For the love of God, I JUST ATE!

ThePrez on February 22, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

Oh HELL to the NO!

ihasurnominashun on February 22, 2008 at 6:49 PM

The well is bottomless. Bill told me.

Limerick on February 22, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Didn’t Rush basically say today that Justice Clinton was the only thing big enough to cause Hillary to quit before the convention?

hkenshin on February 22, 2008 at 6:58 PM

I have a question for his Majesty Sean Hannity:

After 4 years of your “stop Hillary express,” and your rooting for Rudy Giuliani, after both failures, after unsuccessfully crying to Romney for help, after regretting the loss of Hillary, tell me now buddy, how do you feel when that Muslim Hussein -whom you ignored for 4 years because of your ignorance of political matters- invade the White House and “change” America into a submissive, defenseless nation “to show some love” to his “brothers” in the Islamic world and their supporters, the fifth columnists here in America?

Like I really care about an answer from you or Rush Limbaugh, you morons!

You call yourselves “pundits,” “political junkies,” yet you proved to be empty suits!

Have you seen the reaction of the voters, on the Right? Did they ever listen to your daily gibberish?

You claim to have listeners in the millions… YEAH RIGHT!!

You have no influence on the people whatsoever, face reality!

On the other hand, voters, on the Right, the Left and Independents proved to be idiots. Their only concern is the image, the look, not the substance, not the experience.

This election cycle demonstrated 3 things:

1 – Talk radio is dead.

2 – Voters are idiots.

3 – America will get screwed by its own people.

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 6:59 PM

An empty barrel makes the most noise!

landlines on February 22, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Justice Clinton?

Please just kill me now.

Troy Rasmussen on February 22, 2008 at 7:03 PM

I want to see her cry or get angry or something.

Hiney Von Pewps on February 22, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Hillary is merely rounding out her long-running string of failures in every enterprise she undertakes.

Better she blow her $160 million than our $3 trillion.

landlines on February 22, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Well, at least some REALLY NEEDY democrat ‘strategists’ made some coin…

I kind of relate it to a rant I went on awhile back…about the Al Franken run for the senate in my state..All it’s going to result in is a bunch of psychophant retards making some money. I mean C’mon…AL FRANKEN?!?! I don’t care what polls you put up saying FrankenTard is whuppin’ Norm Coleman…When it all comes down to brass tacks…Norm will slaughter Al…

Let’s all say it together…AL FRANKEN…A bigger whackbag, lefty-screaming ignorant prick moron you can not find East of Berkley..

BigWyo on February 22, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

You’re a sick, cruel man. But I fear you may be right.

Vote Sauron 08 on February 22, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 6:59 PM

So Sean and Rush are responsible for the rise of Barak Obama? Help me out here. Your logic is a bit rambling. Sean had “4 years of your ‘stop Hillary express,’” but it was a failure? Hasn’t she been stopped? Hillary is about to auger in as her campaign nose dives. Shouldn’t that mean talk radio does have influence?

Mallard T. Drake on February 22, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

That is why it is vital to work to get conservative and republican reps and senators elected to try an nip such a travesty in the bud. A Hillary nomination should trigger the Mother of All Filibusters.

Mallard T. Drake on February 22, 2008 at 7:14 PM

So Sean and Rush are responsible for the rise of Barak Obama? Help me out here. Your logic is a bit rambling. Sean had “4 years of your ’stop Hillary express,’” but it was a failure? Hasn’t she been stopped? Hillary is about to auger in as her campaign nose dives. Shouldn’t that mean talk radio does have influence?

Mallard T. Drake on February 22, 2008 at 7:12 PM

It is all about sound judgment from people who claimed to be “pundits” and knowledgeable with politics.

Was it a good judgment to go after Hillary and ignore Hussein?

You tell me.

Who is the most vulnerable? Hillary or Hussein?

Shouldn’t these political “experts” have known better than you and me?

That’s my point.

And by the way, Sean Hannity has nothing to do with Hillary’s failure. But Sean Hannity should have had some political “punditry” as he claims to have by working on stopping Hussein instead…4 years ago.

But, in any case, who listens to Hannity or Rush? They are just full of themselves, er… of Hot Air!

These elections proved that Talk Radio is dead.

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 7:21 PM

I wonder how much her shrink is gonna make in the next few years, ‘cuz she’s gonna need some longgggg psychoanalysis sessions to come to grips with how much people despise her.

innominatus on February 22, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Was it a good judgment to go after Hillary and ignore Hussein?

And by the way, Sean Hannity has nothing to do with Hillary’s failure.

But Sean Hannity should have had some political “punditry” as he claims to have by working on stopping Hussein instead…4 years ago.

These elections proved that Talk Radio is dead.

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 7:21 PM

So Sean H. and talk radio, after 4 years of trying to stop Hillary, have nothing to do with her demise, BUT they should have gone after Barak four years ago so that he would be stopped by now?! And because they didn’t go after Barak, he has a head of steam, while their efforts to stop Hillary didn’t actually stop her. Um, okaaay. Say hi to the Kos Kids for us.

BTW, if Barakath does get elected, that is four years of continuous fodder for conservative talk radio. They aren’t going anywhere.

Mallard T. Drake on February 22, 2008 at 7:37 PM

So Sean H. and talk radio, after 4 years of trying to stop Hillary, have nothing to do with her demise, BUT they should have gone after Barak four years ago so that he would be stopped by now?! And because they didn’t go after Barak, he has a head of steam, while their efforts to stop Hillary didn’t actually stop her. Um, okaaay. Say hi to the Kos Kids for us.

BTW, if Barakath does get elected, that is four years of continuous fodder for conservative talk radio. They aren’t going anywhere.

Mallard T. Drake on February 22, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Liberals do not listen to Hannity before casting their votes. But Hannity should have started his campaign on TV and on the Radio early enough to highlight Hussein’s inexperience, naivety, empty rhetoric, etc., instead of betting on a losing horse.

Maybe independents, at least, would have been influenced in the States where they are allowed to vote in the primaries and of course in November.

If Hussein invades the White House, say Bye-Bye to America as we know it, not just to Talk Radio, and get ready for an era of defeat, surrender and decline in every facet of life in this country.

Islam rules baby!

Death to the Infidels!

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Same thing happened when she was running in New York, I’m not sure if I should be suprised it happened again when she was running for the nomination..

Reaps on February 22, 2008 at 7:56 PM

Har har. And she wants us to invest in her 35 years’ finely honed spousal management expertise to manage the USA?

Fat chance.

petefrt on February 22, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Hindsight is 20-20. No national pundit had Obama on the radar screen. Remember, Hillary was inevitable. Barak was seen as a politician who was getting national exposure with 2012 or 2016 as his goal. Obamania is a surprise to everyone.

Now that it has occurred, talk radio will expose him every which way. If he is elected, talk radio will be needed to rally the base to oppose his Marxist policies a la the amensty bill last year.

Mallard T. Drake on February 22, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Once again the myth about the Clinton’s being great strategists and super smart is shattered. Never has so much been made of so little ability and talent.

echosyst on February 22, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

You’re a sick, cruel man. But I fear you may be right.

Vote Sauron 08 on February 22, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Paul v. Clinton will put your fears to rest. She is incapable of telling the truth, so she will suffer the same fate as Bill.

Disbarment coming soon.

Dorvillian on February 22, 2008 at 8:03 PM

Justice Clinton!?? That,s an oxymoron!

OldEnglish on February 22, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

Is the grass green?

You can tell by yesternight’s closing that she’s hedging her bets and feathering her nest. It’s either VP or USSC.

petefrt on February 22, 2008 at 8:07 PM

The only hope for Hillary is for her team to release the Bimbos!!!!! She must release the Bimbos to create Bimbo eruptions against the Oprama. It is the only way. It worked against McCain. It must work against Oprama!!!!

bloggless on February 22, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Hindsight is 20-20. No national pundit had Obama on the radar screen. Remember, Hillary was inevitable. Barak was seen as a politician who was getting national exposure with 2012 or 2016 as his goal. Obamania is a surprise to everyone.

Now that it has occurred, talk radio will expose him every which way. If he is elected, talk radio will be needed to rally the base to oppose his Marxist policies a la the amensty bill last year.

Mallard T. Drake on February 22, 2008 at 7:58 PM

I’m sorry, but when people claim to be “pundits,” make predictions and concentrate all their efforts on PREDICTIONS, and the result is a miserable failure, then give me a break!! Don’t try to defend losers.

If he is elected, talk radio will be needed to rally the base to oppose his Marxist policies

Rally the base?? Well, let me tell you something: we’ll see what “rally the base” will do if the Senate overwhelmingly goes to the Liberals, and the 60 votes are easily procured.

Republicans don’t have a “Ronald Reagan” anymore, not even close.

We are going to be in the mercy of America-haters for a long time, unfortunately, caused by the hand of voters who are casting their ballots according to their “feelings” instead of their minds…Idiots!

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 8:09 PM

If he is elected, talk radio will be needed to rally the base to oppose his Marxist policies
Rally the base?? Well, let me tell you something: we’ll see what “rally the base” will do if the Senate overwhelmingly goes to the Liberals, and the 60 votes are easily procured.

Republicans don’t have a “Ronald Reagan” anymore, not even close.

We are going to be in the mercy of America-haters for a long time, unfortunately, caused by the hand of voters who are casting their ballots according to their “feelings” instead of their minds…Idiots!

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 8:09 PM

I might remind you that Ronald Reagan was not president when republicans took back the senate and the house. Bill Clinton was. And it is arugued that talk radio had a lot to do with that.

conservnut on February 22, 2008 at 8:16 PM

$108 million? Daaaaayum, I haven’t even seen a Hildebeest ad in PA, and I’d think she’d be buying up as much as possible. She must not have spent that money well. When she said she had a million good ideas, but people couldn’t afford them, maybe she was talking about her poor handling of funds?

doubleplusundead on February 22, 2008 at 8:18 PM

Maybe she wants to be Secretary of State?

doubleplusundead on February 22, 2008 at 8:19 PM

I might remind you that Ronald Reagan was not president when republicans took back the senate and the house. Bill Clinton was. And it is arugued that talk radio had a lot to do with that.

conservnut on February 22, 2008 at 8:16 PM

It’s a wishful thinking. I don’t see it in reality, not any time in the near future.

The 90′s were different. We don’t even have a Gingrich anymore. The guy is almost unheard of nowadays.

Only a major catastrophe will bring the Republicans back, if the idiot voters are not under the influence of brainwashing.

Indy Conservative on February 22, 2008 at 8:24 PM

I don’t think Hillary would want a job as Associate Justice. She likes to be top dog, and that job is already filled by Roberts, who is relatively young and in good health. If Obama doesn’t offer her the VP spot, she’ll probably stay in the Senate, or maybe make a run for governor of NY.

AZCoyote on February 22, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Her financial mismanagement reminds me of an old boss who gave his credit card # to EVERYBODY that worked for him.

I used to love it when he’d have to pay thousands of dollars each month for questionable purchases.

Duh!

Domino on February 22, 2008 at 8:38 PM

What’s next for our gal?

The long awaited divorce.

cool breeze on February 22, 2008 at 8:47 PM

T]he Clinton campaign at times found itself spending money on items that were not ultimately helpful.

ROFL! Nothing newsworthy about that. It’s what liberals do! Except in this case she doesn’t have the ability to tax anyone to bail her out.

BacaDog on February 22, 2008 at 8:53 PM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

As long as you don’t say “Justice and Justice Clinton.”

calbear on February 22, 2008 at 8:55 PM

She won’t be a power broker because she won’t have money to dispense.

She ought to serve out her term quietly then become a saint, like Jimmy Carter, with lots of Saudi money for her “library.”

PattyJ on February 22, 2008 at 9:38 PM

People. Troll. Don’t feed it.

fourstringfuror on February 22, 2008 at 10:09 PM

BigWyo on February 22, 2008 at 7:06 PM

I’m from MN and I’ll bet $50 that Al Franken wins the election. You must be new to MN, because these DFL’ers are nuts. If you’re ever in the cities and keep your eye out, you can still see Wellstone bumper stickers and Kerrey/Edwards are everywhere. I’ve now retired and moved up north to my lakehome, but its worse up here with the non-thinkers.

cjs1943 on February 22, 2008 at 11:12 PM

She, who did not pass the DC Bar exam, is being thought of as a Supreme Court Justice ?

This woman is dumber than a box of rocks.

DoctorDentons on February 23, 2008 at 7:21 AM

She, who did not pass the DC Bar exam, is being thought of as a Supreme Court Justice ?

This woman is dumber than a box of rocks.

DoctorDentons on February 23, 2008 at 7:21 AM

Unfortunately, neither of the above are disqualifying characteristics for a Democrat – appointed Supreme Court Justice.

uncivilized on February 23, 2008 at 7:31 AM

cjs1943 on February 22, 2008 at 11:12 PM

I’ve been here about 8 years. You are exactly right about the brain dead DFL’rs. (Like the 8 cent gas tax they are trying to float) But I still think AL FRANKEN is just way too beat-up-able. There’s a whole lot of video/audio out there where AL FRANKEN being AL FRANKEN..Shrieking, over-the-top, lying, crybaby…AL FRANKEN

BigWyo on February 23, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

Dare! Dare! You must! You must!

LimeyGeek on February 23, 2008 at 6:32 PM

You cannot fool all the people all the time … someone should have said that !!!

aniladesai on February 24, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Dare I say it — Justice Clinton?

I don’t think her hubby as the first black president *snort ROFL if Obama wins* is enough for The Justice Bros.(TM) to take her in.

Why must you frighten us with such oxymorons AP?

BKennedy on February 25, 2008 at 7:25 AM