A Bright Shining Assumption

I’m beginning think that the Clinton campaign intends the“Obama plagirism” story as a feint to prevent the news cycle from focusing on the rising story of the Clinton campaign’s flat-footed responsiveness in the face of a real national campaign.

The last thing the Clinton campaign needs is for its vaunted competence to come into question on the heels of what may very well be Obama’s running the table between Super Tuesday and March 4. Having the competence assumption evaporate would be disastrous, particularly if the race comes down to keeping the confidence of the superdelegates in Denver.

And yet, and yet, the WaPo and other articles are contributing to my sense that the Clinton campaign competence is more illusion than anything. Look at the WaPo article again:

Several top Clinton strategists and fundraisers became alarmed after learning of the state’s unusual provisions during a closed-door strategy meeting this month, according to one person who attended.

The WaPo article is dated February 18. The Clinton campaign is just now figuring out how the Texas system works.

In conversation about difficult projects, I’ve occasionally been known to say “Americans planned D-Day, this isn’t that hard.” Currently, Clinton and company as campaign leaders look a lot less like General Dwight Eisenhower and a lot more like General William Westmoreland.

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