Good For Everyone
Mr. Garin, 54, joined the Clinton campaign several weeks ago to augment strategy. His elevation could herald a less negative tone as the candidate tries to catch Mr. Obama.
Inside the Clinton team, Mr. Penn advocated increasingly sharp attacks on Mr. Obama as Mrs. Clinton’s best option. Long before he joined the campaign, Mr. Garin argued that her route to success lay more in presenting her strengths than in assailing her opponent.
“The sweet spot a campaign needs to hit is the intersection between what makes the candidate special and what the voters feel they need,” he explained, praising Mrs. Clinton’s values, spunk and resilience.
Recalling a recent meeting with Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Garin said: “I had the same reaction so many people have: I wish everyone could see her this way. If we could help make that happen, that would be great.”
And Benen highlights this:
“I don’t want there to be a thermonuclear climax,” he said. “Senator Clinton is committed to having a united Democratic Party at the end of this process. Senator Obama is committed to having a united Democratic Party at the end of this process. And we will have a united Democratic Party at the end of this process.”
I've been saying it for some time: Hillary Clinton comes across best when she's herself, when she's not being handled, when she's not being careful. That's what happened in New Hampshire. That's why she does so well in the debates.
It's late in the game, but if the new gold standard SUSA polls of Pennsylvania and North Carolina are at all accurate, it's certainly not over. If Garin does, indeed, bring a different tone to the Clinton campaign, it will be good both for her chances and for the Democratic Party's ability to unify behind whichever candidate wins the nomination. Build up Hillary Clinton, don't tear down Barack Obama. Mark Penn wouldn't understand, but it's the best way to campaign. And before anyone yells at me- yes, I'm aware that both campaigns have been playing rough.