The Clinton campaign has turned into a Top 40 station — the hits keep coming. Yesterday, Hillary held a “What do I want to do? I don’t know, what do you want to do?” strategy conference call with some of her biggest supporters. Today we found out what they must have talked about:
“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.”
The high-priced senior consultants to Mrs. Clinton, of New York, have emerged as particular targets of complaints, given that they conceived and executed a political strategy that has thus far proved unsuccessful.
The firm that includes Mark Penn, Mrs. Clinton’s chief strategist and pollster, and his team collected $3.8 million for fees and expenses in January; in total, including what the campaign still owes, the firm has billed more than $10 million for consulting, direct mail and other services, an amount other Democratic strategists who are not affiliated with either campaign called stunning.
When your campaign is going broke and your money people don’t like how you’ve spent their money, how are you going to squeeze more money out of them? With promises of big wins just around the corner? I don’t think so:
Speculation is mounting that Hillary Rodham Clinton may be ready to pull the plug on her faltering Presidential campaign.
Sources within the beleaguered campaign say fund raising has dried up and mounting debts may force a cutback in ads, direct mail and staff.
At Thursday night’s debate in Austin, Texas, Clinton appeared at times resigned to the fact that her campaign is coming to an end. Her closing sounded to some more like a valedictory address than the words of a candidate who fights to the end.
The only question left is, does Hillary go quietly or not?