07 May, 2008

Now Let's Go Win This Fucking Thing

Three cheers for David Plouffe:

Pretty much the only time anyone in Obamaland can recall Plouffe betraying real emotion was on a late-night conference call after the crushing loss in New Hampshire. Plouffe methodically laid out the plan for the upcoming states. Then, at a fraction of a decibel louder than his usual gravelly whisper, proclaimed, "Now let's go win this fucking thing."
And they did.


Elliot said...

Looking at Obama's closest political advisers is such a stunning reminder of how different his inner circle really is from, say, Rove. Plouffe and Axelrod, from what I've read, are so soft-spoken and down-to-earth, even decent people. Its also a contrast to compare how the Obama team has reacted to hard times - cool, collected, disciplined - compared to the chaos that ruled in the Clinton campaign thanks to egomaniacs like Mark Penn.

Cassady said...

I can't remember the article I read or where I read it, but it was about exactly that point.

Clinton rails against the Big O because of his "lack of experience." Well, executive experience is only something you get from being an executive, which she hasn't been either. First Lady, Senator, Lawyer...not Executive.

The primary and presidential campaigns often represent the first real test of a candidate's abilities as an executive. The people they surround themself with, the organization of the campaign, and the public face all relate back to how well the candidate runs the show.

Most often, the effects of this test of worth manifest themselves in the tenor of the campaign, how many people are forced to resign over the course of the race, and the kind of comments coming out from the participants.

Compare the two Dems thus far:
Hillary's campaign has gone through a slew of high-ranking officials for one reason or another. She has taken a decidely negative turn with her whole approach. The media reportedly consistently for some time on the in-fighting and despair of some members of the campaign. The people she appointed to head things up were often untested in the type of positions they were given, and we've seen the result.

Barack, on the other hand, has had a consistent image throughout. Only one campaign manager. A good one. They made a plan from the start, grabbed a slogan and an image, ran with it to come from behind. They have faced challenges quickly and effectively, and maintained their cool throughout.

The type of campaign Barack is running is nothing short of legendary. It is a testament not only to his abilities as a leader and organizer, but to the character of everyone he has working for him.

I don't ever want to hear someone criticized for not having experience at a job that only 43 people have EVER held. No one has experience in being president, what matters is how you build yourself up to meet the challenge, the "presidential temperment," if you will.

Elliot said...

Right, and if "experience" per se is the metric we're going to use, then both democratic candidates lose out to McCain. If Clinton had some solid experience to run on - ie better experience, not just more experience - she'd be on more solid ground. But her experience in the white house is very ambiguous as to how much she actually did, what her positions on various issues were.

Obama has been very smart to frame it as experience vs. judgment. Especially since hes young, and doesn't have a long, damning record of Senate flip-flops, like McCain.

Cassady said...

You would think that the country, when faced with a blindly good presidential candidate, would just say, "oh, well let's just start him now and forget the whole election thing, this is a no-brainer."