Can Hillary Clinton Win Without Maggie Williams?

hqdefaultHillary Clinton and her about-to-be-released book, “Hard Choices”, are all the buzz in the news world this week.  What does her book say?  Will she dish dirt on President Obama? (Not likely) Does she harbor any bad feelings toward Mark Penn? (I still do).

I haven’t read “Hard Choices” yet, but according to the advance leaked copies some news outlets have gotten their hands on, the former Madam Secretary will probably touch on some of these topics, even if she doesn’t take them on outright.

But one piece of news that’s being ignored is that her longtime confidant, former chief of staff and the campaign manager of her 2008 presidential bid, Maggie Williams, seems to have taken herself out of the game as it was announced that she is the new director of Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Many pundits and observers have long thought that if Hillary was going to get in the game for the White House in 2016, Williams would have to be a key player on that team.  Now, probably about six months away from a decision about whether HRC will run again for president, Williams has taken herself out of picture, at least in terms of a daily, hands-on role in any run by Hillary.

Does Williams’ decision signal something about Hillary’s ultimate decision that she still doesn’t want us to know, especially as her book tour launches this week and she has a bunch of books to sell? If Williams has inadvertently tipped Clinton’s hand as she says she’s still weighing all her options, I can only imagine there’s an uncomfortable phone call to be made pretty soon.

Joanne Bamberger is an independent journalist who is also the author of the book Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She is the founder and publisher of the The Broad Side. You can find her on Twitter at @jlcbamberger. She is the co-founder of the Hillary Talk tumblr, which you can follow on Twitter at @hillary_talk.

 

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