Saturday, May 10, 2008

Clinton campaign scrambling?

Yesterday, Allahpundit posted a link to an online invitation to a Mother's Day fundraiser at the Sheraton in New York featuring Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. That event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign's West Virginia press office this morning sent out a media update that included this:
Hillary and Chelsea will hold a Mother's Day celebration in West Virginia on Sunday.
No time or location stated, which suggests to me that the scheduling is still up in the air. And with that 1:30 p.m. event scheduled in New York, it becomes like one of those word problems in the 6th-grade math textbook:
Charleston, W. Va., is 500 miles from New York City. Hillary Clinton has a 1:30 p.m. event at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown New York. If she wants to schedule a morning event in Charleston, what time should she schedule it, in order to be sure she's not late for her New York event? Please calculate this problem based on private jet travel from Yeager Airport to LaGuardia, allowing time for landing delays at LaGuardia and traffic congestion between LaGuardia and the Sheraton.
Obviously, you'd want your West Virginia event to be Sunday morning, so that TV coverage of the Mother's Day message would be seen during both the noon and evening local newscasts. But that 1:30 fundraiser in New York puts you on a short leash in terms of logistics and scheduling.
So, as of 10 a.m. Saturday, the Clinton campaign couldn't even give the media a time and location for the Sunday event it was promoting. Looks like piss-poor planning, and an overworked staff now trying to improvise a schedule at the last minute.

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