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Sweet: Mike Henry, Clinton Deputy Campaign Manager quits. Read his memo here.

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WASHINGTON-Hillary Rodham Clinton deputy campaign manager Mike Henry resigned on Tuesday, following the departure of campaign chief Patti Solis Doyle and the growing strength of Barack Obama. Obama was projected to win Virginia on Tuesday, with Maryland and the District of Columbia not yet called.

In a note to the staff, Henry said, "Our campaign needs to move quickly to build a new leadership team, support them and their decisions and make the necessary adjustments to achieve the winning outcome for which we have all worked so hard for over a year now."

Henry was one of the first hires on the Clinton team more than a year ago.

Click below for Henry's note......


February 12, 2008

Hi everyone.

I just wanted to let you know about a decision I've made.

Yesterday I made the decision to leave the campaign. Out of respect for Maggie and her new leadership team I thought it was the best thing to do. As someone who has managed campaigns, I share the unique understanding of the challenges that the campaign will face over the next several weeks. Our campaign needs to move quickly to build a new leadership team, support them and their decisions and make the necessary adjustments to achieve the winning outcome for which we have all worked so hard for over a year now.

I also want to thank everyone for the opportunity to work with each one of you, establish friendships, and I will always fondly remember the camaraderie that I have build with so many people on this staff. You all are so talented and it has been a pleasure to work with you. You have made this journey so much fun and rewarding. Thank you.

It has been an honor to work for Senator Clinton on her presidential campaign. I remain steadfast in my belief that Senator Clinton is the most qualified and most prepared person to be the next president of the United States and my support of her candidacy remains as strong as ever.

Good luck and I hope to see you soon.

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Rats leaving a sinking ship!!!Bill, with his noted abseence of fidelity to women will probably be the next to leave.

Let's not take it out on the campaign staff.

If the campaign had listened to Henry's advice and skipped Iowa, instead of coming in third there, and focused instead on a big victory in New Hampshire, Clinton might already be the nominee.

Since Obama announced, this campaign has been Hillary Clinton's to lose. She started with every advantage:

- money
- name recognition
- organization
- Experience

What she lacked was:

- a coherent vision for where she wants to lead the country
- a coherent message that articulated that vision
- Passion
- A record she could run on

If the Clinton's are looking for someone to blame today, they should look in the mirror. But instead of looking for someone to blame, they should recognize that Obama has run a nearly perfect campaign.

Presidential campaigns are a lot like the Super Bowl. The team that makes the most mistakes usually loses, and even a great team can lose when the underdog plays nearly perfect.

Two of their online staff left also: Kevin Thurman and Crystal Patterson.

Quitters never win and Mike Henry is not a winner by any means.
If he and PattySolis Doyle, had done a better job for Hillary Clinton's campaign, Hillary would be on top right now instead of Obama. What they both did was a DISSERVICE to the Clinton campaign and only and obviously did it their self serving agenda.(money perhaps?) I they couldn't deliver then they should have gotten out a long time ago, instead of abandoning Hillary and the rest of us who would like to see Hillary's experience and know and plans in the White House. I hope they get what they deserve.

HILLARY can no longer accumulate enough delegates to secure the nomination. OBAMA'S surge has all but assured that the most Hillary can do is to serve the roal of SPOILER and attempt some back room deal to wrestle the nomination away from OBAMA. The Hillary Clinton Campaign must come to recognize and accept that voters in nearly every state in America prefer OBAMA in WIDE MARGINS to Hillary. Yes, Hillary has won some large states but not by wide margins. The Democratic Primary race has proved that Hillary is a relatively WEAK National Candidate who would be trounced in a general election. Hillary would hemmorhage Democrats, gain no Independents and inspire Republicans to come out en masse against her. Now if an Independent candidate enters the race, even worse, Hillary has a popularity ceiling in the high 30's to low 40's but with an Independent in the race it is hard to see how she gets more than 35% of the vote.

Mike is one of the finest operatives and human beings you will ever meet.

Wow, the comments on most blogs are so contentious. Hillary is a great candidate with a lot of experience, but her baggage is her self worth. She speaks only in the pronoun I not we. She fights for her and Bill's legacy in her speeches and not about us the people who need a good president.

I give Hillary an B if she was in my class about how to be a candidate. I respect her and admire HER, but when it comes to experience, I give Barack Obama an A+ for his ability to mirror the JFK, RFK and MLK of our time. His vocabulary fights not for himself, but for us. And I believe he can make some of the changes he states in his stump speeches. Some hope that will turn the middle ages of the last GWB/Cheney years into a new Renaissance where we become more involved by moving into new areas of Self Sustaining Energy, jobs in the USA, retirement with dignity, education for all who try hard and work for it, and most important making sure American stand tall again in the fight to keep this planet we all inhabit safe by letting greed be supplanted by giving to each other and in harmony with our surroundings.

The Jerry Rubin? IF you are Whoo!
Insperations definition is all about we not me. Get a clue Hillary.

Boy Jerry! Now we are electing a President based upon his vocabulary? If this is the case, I should vote for my Rand Mc Nally pocket dictionary.

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