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Former high-ranking Latina in Clinton’s campaign is ready to work for Obama. Are Clinton-Latinos ready to do the same?

LatinaLista — Not much has been heard from Patti Solis Doyle since her less than graceful exit as Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager back in February.

Former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle
Ousted after illustrating that she just didn’t quite have what it takes to run a presidential campaign, Solis Doyle’s official capacity in the campaign had been reduced to “consultant.”
Not sure how effective her consulting is since Hillary has already sunk $11 million of her own money into the campaign. Yet, given Solis Doyle’s prior prominence within Hillary’s inner circle, it can’t be much fun to be looking in from the outside.
So, news that Solis Doyle would like to work on Obama’s campaign isn’t too surprising since even Clinton said she would do what is necessary to support him if he was the Democratic candidate.
But he’s not yet and that doesn’t seem to be a factor in Solis Doyle’s ambitions to join Obama’s campaign because she seems to think he will be.
The question begs to be asked if this Latina, a staunch supporter of Clinton is ready to throw in the towel, will other Latinas follow her lead?
It’s an easy answer: Probably, but not until Clinton officially quits. Because one thing about Latinas(os), we’re loyal to the bitter end.



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  • Frank
    May 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Yeah, we know all about that loyalty with Latinos. Loyalty to ethnicity above nationalism.

  • Daniel
    May 20, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    LL: “…given Solis Doyle’s prior prominence within Hillary’s inner circle, it can’t be much fun to be looking in from the outside.”
    Are you kidding? I’d be laughing my guts out at HC along with the rest of the country. She’s lucky she was let go.
    LL: “…one thing about Latinas(os), we’re loyal to the bitter end.”
    I think this is becoming less and less true. People have their limits. Loyalty shouldnt be taken for granted anymore.
    This campaigning stuff ends in just a couple weeks.
    This Regia, Solis Doyle, didnt drop the ball or anything like that. She didnt oversee a disaster like Susan Estrich did. I think it was HC and her other advisers that just didnt see Solis Doyle as carnivorous enough for their team.

  • Daniel
    May 21, 2008 at 8:36 am

    este buey:
    Yeah, we know all about that loyalty with Latinos. Loyalty to ethnicity above nationalism.
    Latino is not an ethnicity.

  • laura
    May 21, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Marisa, you write: “Because one thing about Latinas(os), we’re loyal to the bitter end.”
    I am loyal to the bitter end to whomever is loyal to me.
    For sure that would not be the Clintons. 100% for sure.
    I don’t know Solis Doyle, but I strongly doubt her management skills had anything to do with Senator Clinton’s losing the campaign for the nomination.
    Very simply, I for one was not going to vote for Clinton given her vote for, and support of, the Iraq invasion.
    Just wondering which LL readers were proud of being Clinton supporters when she recently boasted she has more support than Obama “among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans”?

  • adriana
    May 21, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Laura, I agree w/ you. It is interesting that nobody brought up the Clinton statement about working for “white Americans.” I wonder what Solis Doyle thought about that statement or if she has separated it in her mind and rationalized her boss’s prejudice in the name of a greater goal or paycheck.
    As for loyalty, I don’t like this concept that Latinos should be faithful servants forever, kind of like lap dogs.
    Bill Richardson didn’t feel that need to go along with the status quo, but he was sharply criticized as Judas when he didn’t tow the line for Team Clinton.

  • Daniel
    May 21, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I was a HC supporter until someone recommended I take a closer look at Obama.
    I think that was you, Laura?
    N E Wayz,
    I’m loyal to whoever is paying me 😀

  • Frank
    May 21, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Daniel, you know what I meant. Latinos are loyal to their own ethnic kind above and beyond loyalty to this country.
    laura, how soon we forget about Obama’s blatant racism against Whites to point the finger at Hillary, right? I will be curious to see the tape that has been rumored to be around depicting his wife’s obvious hatred of Whites also. Not to mention her remark that “this is the FIRST time she has been proud to be an American”. Yeah, just what we need a racist couple in the White House.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Laura, you have probably guessed by now where those hard-working Americans, white Americans will be placing their vote if Obama gets the nomination. Also, knowing the Clinton background, it would be hasty to count her out until she is forced to leave. With McCain picking up most of her base, people will vote for experience over a blow hard like Obama every time. This is not to mention Obamas shady past and his racist anti-American wife will be on the minds of every voter.

  • Horace
    May 21, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    “Latino is not an ethnicity.”
    Daniel, the term Latino most certainly refers to ethnicity, as it refers to people who originate from Latin America. Latinos consist of Amerindians Asians, Africans, Europeans
    Mestizos, Mulattoes,Zambos any other race that resides south of our border. They don’t even have to speak Spanish, as Portugese is also spoken.

  • Alessandra
    May 21, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Laura, I interpreted that remark to say that working class whites support Clinton in greater numbers than they do Obama.
    There is nothing wrong with pointing out that fact. Each candidate has their own constituency. With Obama it is mostly blacks (over 90% of the black vote goes to Obama), young people, well-off white liberals, and men. Hillary gets a high percentage of working class whites and older folks and also a good percentage of the Hispanic and female vote. That is why this contest between the two has gone on so long; Obama couldn’t knock her out and she couldn’t do the same to him as they both had their constituencies.
    I believe that what she was doing in that statement was trying to make the case that she is able to win the white working class Democratic vote, whereas Obama is having trouble with that demographic at this time.
    Obama will have difficulty winning the general election against McCain if that demographic goes for McCain and she was trying to make that point. He can’t win with just the African American vote and the latte liberals; young people (say under 25) are notoriously unreliable when it comes to actually going to the poll to vote.
    I think that was what she was trying to get across but did not make the point well. If it is ok to point out that a particular candidate does well with African Americans or Latinos I fail to see what is wrong with pointing out who does well (or not) with working class whites.

  • Daniel
    May 22, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Piece of Crap: “Latinos are loyal to their own ethnic kind above and beyond loyalty to this country.”
    This is why we shouldnt die OR kill for them any longer.

  • Gloria C. , Ph.D.
    May 22, 2008 at 1:25 am

    As a strong Hillary Latina-supporter, my support is firm for her. I’ve advocated for women and minorities all my adult activist life. Electing Hillary to the Presidency is an actualization of that advocacy. Complaints about her, in my opinion, only serve to the fact that she is human. I don’t know of another woman as ready and as competent as Senator Hillary Clinton right now.

  • adriana
    May 23, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Gloria C, Ph.D.,
    How is Hillary competent when her campaign is in debt, her staffers and strategists have been bickering, and she cannot or refuses to compute the delegate math?
    Maybe you are seeing something that I’m not. I do believe that Hillary would make a strong VP choice or a strong leader in the Senate though. She has proven that her executive skills aren’t on the level of Senator Obama.

  • Harry Horta
    May 24, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Did you see KO on Clinton’s Bobby Kennedy remark?
    Reminded me of when I was a 17 y.o. recruit.

  • adriana
    May 24, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I did see K. Olbermann’s remarks re: Clinton’s latest remark. It was great. He nailed it right on the head. Her comment was so inappropriate and crass.
    I’m surprised that many other Latinos don’t take offense to this, as we have been victimized by Team Clinton too, starting back in their Arkansas days ignoring the cruelties of Tyson Chicken and their ardent support of NAFTA, which helped kill the Mexican economy.
    Should anything happen to Barack Obama, I will look toward the Clinton’s for injecting the whole assassination plot (idea) into the public dialogue.
    I have blogged about this on my own site as well.

  • Eastlos
    May 24, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Co-chair of Clinton Hispanic council endorses Obama
    By Michael Doyle | McClatchy Newspapers
    WASHINGTON — A co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s National Hispanic Leadership Council has defected and pledged his support to Barack Obama, Clinton’s rival for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was joined by another California superdelegate.
    The defections came as a new poll showed that Obama would handily defeat John McCain in California in November — and do so by a larger margin than Clinton would.
    U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza, whom Clinton named to his Hispanic leadership post in December, shortly after Cardoza announced he would support her for the nomination, announced he was switching sides on Friday. “I believe that Senator Obama will inevitably be our party’s nominee for president,” Cardoza, a Democrat from Merced, in the San Joaquin Valley, said.
    He was joined by another California superdelegate, U.S. Rep. Jim Costa, a Democrat from Fresno.

  • Irma
    May 25, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Clinton comment was taken out of context as usual. I myself remember when Robert Kennedy was running for President in California. I was an elementary school student and school was over. I recently told my husband the same thing – that Bobby Kennedy was still campaigning in the summer and so why should Hilary quit now ? That is all she meant – neither she nor or I meant anything sinister.
    By the way, I do remember both assassinations. John Kennedy was shot in Dallas the day after my 7th birthday. My pregnant mother was planning to go see him in the motorcade that day but decided against it – my father said it probably wasnt safe. You see, they shoot politicians in Mexico all the time.
    I will never forget it as long as I live.
    And then on TV, we saw Jack Ruby shoot Oswald. And then a few years later – I and my mother watched in horror on TV again – the shooting of
    Bobby Kennedy. Hilary like all Americans mourned that day . For Barak Obama’s surrogates to suggest that she meant otherwise is disgusting.
    Look Obama will the Democratic
    nomination and lose the Presidency
    in November. He has no chance in
    Texas , Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania,
    Indiana etc without Clinton on the ticket. But he wont pick her. So
    the Democrats will lose the Presidency.
    The only plus to that story is that it will signal the end of Barak Obama’s
    political career. This is all we can hope for.

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