Thursday, September 10, 2015

Charlie Pierce's mild suggestion

Charlie Pierce is mildly irritated (ok, he's royally pissed off) by Hillary's overly well paid staffers talking bullshit to the New York Times and Politico, and makes a mild suggestion:
Fire everybody.
I'm not kidding. Clean house. Everybody at HRC HQ? Thank you very much. Here are your hats? What's your hurry? Go Fiorina all over their asses. Massive, unmerciful layoffs. Make the lobby of the national headquarters look like the sidewalk outside Lehman Brothers when the billion-dollar dunghammer fell back in '08. I want to see a parade of people, all carrying boxes, blank looks on their faces, wandering lost down the boulevards and wondering where their next cappuccino is coming from.
That's harsh, Charlie.
Here's the plan. Fire everyone who thinks that The New York Times is the place to break into a panic attack. TBOTP is not your friend. Neither is the Times, which was not your husband's friend, either. It is the place that invented the Whitewater affair.  It is the place that thinks Eric Fehrnstrom, a double loser in the employ of two huge fakes in 2012, is somebody worth quoting on the subject of authenticity in a national campaign. These anonymous quivering bunnies do not have your best interests at heart. They've got one foot in the lifeboat at all times, keeping the shine on their resumes in case your campaign falls short, so they can go back to their reporter pals and explain how, if you'd just listened to them, you'd be breaking ground on your library by now.
Stop caring what the kool kidz think and stop hiring people who do. Bring in some bone-nasty Arkansas hillbillies from Bill's early campaigns and let them run amuck for a while. Right now, it looks like you've replaced the execrable Mark Penn by hiring 20 of him. This is no way to run a campaign.
Charlie is right, but this is exactly how Hillary runs a campaign. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if she resurrects the loathsome Mark Penn to do for her in 2016 what he did in 2008.*

*(Some months ago, I made a solemn vow to myself to ignore the 2016 campaign until 2016, but I find myself looking for loopholes, ambiguity and codicils. This is no way to stay sane.) **

** (Note to Hillary and backbiting, self-aggrandizing megalomanic staffers: what the fuck was the deal with apologizing yesterday? Apologies are meant to be directed to parties injured by one's conduct. Who was the injured party? What conduct of yours caused injury? This apology made no sense.)

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