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As the world turns, according to Patti “Queen Bee” Solis Doyle. More revelations about the Clinton campaign shakeup and a good lesson for all of us.

February 17th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Earlier this week, a pajarito told me that there was a story about the Clinton campaign shakeup that portrayed former campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle in a less than favorable light with references to herself as the “queen bee” and a penchant for watching daytime soap operas in her office. Thanks to Google, I was able to search Patti Solis Doyle and soap operas, and sure enough, this article from TheAtlantic.com popped up. This piece in The Atlantic portrays Patti Solis Doyle in a similar vein to George W. Bush’s Alberto Gonzales, aka Fredo, the loyal lapdog.

This damning article in The Atlantic largely reveals the arrogance in the Clinton campaign and the problem with promoting a token Latina who can’t see the forest for the trees. Patti Solis Doyle, the woman who coined the term Hillaryland, was given the role of campaign manager largely because of her loyalty to Senator Clinton and not so much because of her skills. She isn’t a real strategist, that role was left for Mark Penn. Patti Solis Doyle would often say, “When I’m speaking, Hillary is speaking.” How arrogant and frightening!

Solis Doyle was also in charge of fundraising for Senator Clinton’s 2006 reelection bid. In the process, many high powered Clinton advisers were pushed out or fired, while she raked in the dough. Terry McAuliffe even lobbied privately with the Clintons to have Patti Solis Doyle removed two years ago, and current campaign manager Maggie Williams tried to oust Solis Doyle two years ago as well. The Atlantic states, “She [Solis Doyle] was infamous among her colleagues for referring to herself as “the queen bee” and for her habit of watching daytime soap operas in her office.” That’s a sure way to endear yourself to your staffers. I surely wouldn’t like it if any of my bosses referred to themselves as queen or king bees and watched trashy soaps on the job. Patti Solis Doyle could have justified watching C-SPAN or maybe even CNN, which has lately become more dramatic like the daily soaps, but telenovelas?!

Solis Doyle also displayed poor financial management skills with donor funds, as the Clinton campaign burned through more than $30 million for the senate reelection bid in 2006, even though Hillary didn’t face any serious opponents. To create an air of inevitability that Senator Clinton would be the Democratic party’s nominee for the presidency, Solis Doyle promoted the lie that $40-50 million would be left over after the ’06 election to dump into the presidential campaign kitty, when in reality about $10 million was left over.

So what does this mean, and where is the lesson for us? Well, the “world according to Patti Solis Doyle” demonstrates that we Latinos cannot get lazy on the job, especially when the stakes are high. This should go without saying, but we have to think a few steps ahead and not play into our own negative stereotypes that we like cheesy soap operas or cannot manage money. And we should not act like jefes or the patrón and then flaunt any power that we do acquire over our subordinates. This should be covered in management 101, but sometimes we forget because so few of us attain such high profile positions in the American power structure. I’m sure that the feeling of being Hillary Clinton’s alter ego was intoxicating to a degree for Patti Solis Doyle, but it also led to her downfall.

I also think that we as voters need to think about Hillary Clinton as a candidate. She keeps telling us that she will be “ready from day one” to be president, but valuing loyalty over the harsh realities isn’t something that we need in the next presidential administration. We have had a President who has built a tight inner circle that didn’t value dissent or lend much thought to our realities in the world. Can we afford to have this kind of leadership again?

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Tags: Alberto Gonzales · GWB · Hillary Clinton · Patti Solis Doyle · Presidential Elections

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 El Cholo // Feb 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    More disparities concerning mi raza…but there true.

  • 2 The Kaiser // Feb 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Of course they are true. Put a MAP (Mexican-American Princess) in charge and you’re just asking for incompetence to rear its ugly head. Anyone who watches soap operas shouldn’t be in charge of anything. Where are the best and the brightest?

  • 3 Michaelr // Feb 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    The best and the brightest aren’t working in Hillaryland. Those people refused to sign loyalty agreements.

  • 4 reenee // Feb 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    I continue to wonder why people are so willing to vote for a woman that is so much like the pinhead in her approach; with her inexhaustible ability to use and then discard people when they’ve served their purpose as well as her disingenuousness.

  • 5 Michaelr // Feb 18, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Propaganda…the information that disseminates from Network Television is largely well spun propaganda. And since more and more people depend on Network Television for information, they are more easily susceptible to lies. Those of us, who read print media are better informed because we have to mentally digest the words we read, and formulate as a whole what they are trying to convey to us. As my Father used to say, “to know is everything.” Seeking one’s truth sometimes requires multiple looks.

  • 6 Dem4Life // Feb 20, 2008 at 3:49 am

    I found an interesting site about the presidential election of 2008. After answering 36 questions you can discover your political position in comparison to the actual candidates. I found the link (www.electoralcompass.com) in the following article: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/02/08/plotting-coordinates-mccain-and-religious-right/

  • 7 Pocos pero locos // Feb 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    how embarrassing….

    This type of incompetent behavior really plays into the stereotypes many persons hold of latinos in general.

    Judgement, being a visionary and also building relationships is crucial to the success of any campaign.

    There is many talented latinas and latinos chomping at the bit for these type of brass ring jobs to prove their mettle.

    Instead lapdog flunkies (Al Gonzo, Patti Solis) are rewarded with roles they are not qualified for. They provide everyone a spectacular failure that is also laughable. The big losers are all ambitious, energitic and smart latinos who will carry the burden of the failings of a few.

  • 8 leesee // Feb 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Preach it , pocos pero locos!

  • 9 Patti Solis Doyle talking with Obama’s Chief Strategist David Axelrod — Let the Healing Begin! // May 20, 2008 at 7:02 am

    [...] some may argue that Solis Doyle ran the Clinton campaign into a deep hole, I think that she might have something to offer Obama. I doubt that she would replace any of his [...]

  • 10 She’s back! — This time Patti Solis Doyle to serve as Chief of Staff to Obama’s VP // Jun 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    [...] just hope that Solis Doyle has learned from her mistakes and is ready to work extra hard for the next 4 and a half [...]

  • 11 Irma // Jun 18, 2008 at 7:44 am

    More of the same , only the INCOMPETENT Latinos are hired. Does Obama have better judgment, than Hilary on this one ? No.

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