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Monday, June 16, 2008

Obama’s Smartest Staff Pick Ever

posted by on June 16 at 12:10 PM

There’s lots of talk today about Obama nabbing Patti Solis Doyle, the former Clinton campaign manager who may or may not have a grudge against the Clinton campaign for pushing her out, and who definitely has strong ties to the Hispanic community.

Solis Doyle’s new job in the Obama campaign? Chief of staff to Obama’s VP pick, whoever he or she ends up being. (Which, to my mind, makes it a lot less likely that the VP pick will end up being Clinton.)

This is all part of a larger staffing up that Obama is doing as he heads into the general, but it reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to post for a while now.

I have a theory that Obama’s smartest staff pick ever is to be found in this Atlantic article from earlier this year. It’s about how Obama’s web savvy, as much as (or more than) anything else, made his campaign the money-making juggernaut that it is today. Deep within the article is this revealing paragraph:

Staffers credit the candidate himself with recognizing the importance of [online social networking] and claim that his years as a community organizer in Chicago allowed him to see its usefulness. Another view is that he benefited greatly from encouraging a culture of innovation and lucked out in the personnel department, with his own pair of 20-something wizards. Joe Rospars, a veteran of Deanís campaign who had gone on to found an Internet fund-raising company, signed on as Obamaís new-media director. And Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, took a sabbatical from the company and came to Chicago to work on the campaign full-time.

Having Patti Solis Doyle on your staff is great and all, but my guess is that this cycle it doesn’t mean a whole lot if you don’t also have a Chris Hughes working on the back end of your web presence.

Meanwhile, McCain’s big tech-related moments have been his comments on his computer illiteracy (Mac or PC? “Niether, I am a illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance that I can get”) and his statement explaining how his campaign is using “a Google” to vet his potential VP picks. (Not to be confused with “the Google,” which is what our current president uses.)

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Yeah let's see how many of these fickle young uns are gonna show up at the poll in November.

Posted by Odrama | June 16, 2008 12:23 PM

Yes it's a good pick. Yes the internet dudes were good picks. but the unearned revenrential tone is still there.

"juggernaut" -- WTF??

not an apt metaphor if you lose most of last 14 primaries and just barely win popular vote

and win the delegate race mainly because superdelegates did NOT follow the vote in their own states

Better metaphor: he built up a huge lead his rival got up speed and closed the gap then he won by a nose. He didn't roll right over her as the word juggernaut implies.

Also note: we want change/HRC is old school/HRC people are old school/oops now he picks one/wow that's brilliant.

The wild swing from scorn to reverence again.

More impt. than who is on the VP vetting team is getting the right pick and indeed, getting on with it asap so VP can campaign starting August not Sept.

Posted by PC | June 16, 2008 12:27 PM

I think that's ageism, and that's, that's being prejudiced against people because they're old. Maybe their mouths don't work as well as yours.

Posted by elenchos | June 16, 2008 12:28 PM

Who's this McCain guy you keep talking about - was he that guy who got captured by the Japanese in WW II and thinks computers are the size of a small house?

I hear he wants to triple the US federal budget and trade deficits for his Comrades .... and invade Iran, Iceland, and Ireland.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 16, 2008 12:32 PM


No one gives a shit about anything you have to say, Susan. Go back to NoQuarter with all the other racist shitbags and leave the thinking to the adults.

Posted by ru shur | June 16, 2008 12:39 PM


"money-making juggernaut". "MONEY-MAKING juggernaut." not primary-winning. M-O-N-E-Y-M-A-K-I-N-G.

and where does he say picking patty solis-doyle is "brilliant"? it's "great and all... but doesn't mean much" without the tech guys. this "wild swing" you speak of does not exist.

Posted by brandon | June 16, 2008 12:57 PM

Everything McCain knows about technology he learned from Ted Stevens.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 16, 2008 1:50 PM

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