Patti Solis Doyle

Post Apocalypse
February 04, 2010

On July 2 of last year, Politico broke a startling story: The Washington Post was planning to host off-the-record salons at which sponsors would pay to mingle with D.C. eminences and Post writers. The dinners--the first of which had been advertised in Post fliers as an “exclusive opportunity to participate in the health-care reform debate among the select few who will actually get it done”--were to take place at the home of Katharine Weymouth, the Post’s publisher. Weymouth, granddaughter of legendary Post owner Katharine Graham, had only been on the job for a year and a half.

Hillary's Selective Hearing
July 30, 2008

The WaPo has a piece about the political "free fall" of one-time Hillary confidante Patti Solis Doyle. It's a sad read, recounting all the harsh stuff about how Hillary canned her via email, how the two women haven't spoken since, how Solis Doyle wound up taking the primary scapegoat for the campaign's failure, and how many Hillary devotees viciously savaged the Obama Team for hiring Patti.

The Reinvention Of Patti Solis Doyle
June 16, 2008

I just got an Obama campaign e-mail listing a number of staff changes and additions, one of which is this: Chief of Staff to the Vice Presidential Nominee: Patti Solis Doyle Aside from the juicy fact that Hillary's former campaign manager is going to work for Obama, what I'm left wondering is: Why would you hire a chief of staff for someone before you've decided who that someone will be? I know this is kinda how it's done for VPs--the presidential campaign arranges the running mate's staff, and it's basically in place before the VP announcement.

The Return Of Patti Solis Doyle
June 16, 2008

The NYT reports that Patti Solis Doyle, last seen getting sacked by Hillary Clinton, has joined the Obama campaign and will serve as the chief of staff to his runningmate. The Times wonders whether this means "Mr. Obama is really considering Mrs. Clinton for the No. 2 position, and wants to have an ally of her in place to ease the way?" But when you consider that, as the Times reported in its big Clinton campaign post-mortem earlier this month, Clinton and Solis Doyle haven't spoken since she was sacked, the opposite seems just as likely. --Jason Zengerle 

Putsch in Hillaryland
February 13, 2008

The morning after is never pretty. In the wake of defeat in the Iowa caucus, it was a sad and sorry Team Hillary that assembled for a conference call with the candidate. Campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle, in transit back to Washington, was absent. Top strategist Mark Penn was dazed and subdued, waiting for the candidate to come on the line. When she did, Hillary gave a brief greeting making clear that there would be no navel-gazing and that she was ready to look ahead, according to a participant in the call who was already on the ground in New Hampshire (desperately seeking guidance).

A Dilemma For The Black Clinton Booster
February 12, 2008

Here's one more interesting tidbit from that Josh Green piece about Patti Solis Doyle, which gives me a chance to promote my latest TNR piece. Josh writes: It’s important to put all this in the context of the time and to remember how strikingly different the political landscape appeared then.

The Patti Pile-on?
February 10, 2008

Was there a connection between Patti Solis Doyle's reassignment today and last week's focus on Team Hillary's recent money troubles? It was apparently one of the worst kept secrets in Clintonland that money man Terry McAuliffe had repeatedly questioned Patti's managerial gifts--including her handling of finances, going back to Patti's days as head of Hillary's PAC. Presumably, the Macker was not alone in his concerns. Ok, forget presumably: I had a couple of campaign folks gripe directly to me about Patti's lack of financial savvy.

Goodbye, Patti Solis Doyle!
February 10, 2008

Looks like Hillary booted her top campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, today. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who read Michelle's prescient article from last week's issue about the imminent shake-up in Hillaryland: The adviser most damaged by Iowa may be the one closest to the candidate: Hillary's longtime scheduler and alter ego, Solis Doyle. Among the most devout members of Hillaryland, Solis Doyle is cheered by supporters as an "unconventional" choice for campaign manager.