Inside Baseball

Re: the Obama campaign's hiring of former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle, about which I posted yesterday, there are emerging reports that the move was considered the "biggest fuck you I have ever seen in politics" by—surprise—an anonymous Clinton donor and "a slap in the face" by another (or the same) donor. Which makes for great chatter, as it furthers the OMGeleventy-one they hates each other! meme.

Never mind, of course, that Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee's praised Solis Doyle, calling her a "good addition to the Obama campaign" and noting her "extensive network that will be a huge asset to Sen. Obama," then offering the reminder: "As Sen. Clinton has said, we're all going to do our part to help elect Sen. Obama as the next president of the United States."

So there is one (possibly two) donor(s) running around miffed, but the official Clinton position—on a hire about which they had no need to issue a statement at all—is that it was a good thing. Which do you think is already becoming the conventional wisdom: slap in the face, or good thing?

Hint: Only one plays into the narrative that Clinton supporters are bitter old hags.

(Also see: Steven Benen. Sexism warning re: comments.)

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