Harold Ickes Lists the Campaign's "Key Assumptions," March 29, 2007

Harold Ickes Lists the Campaign's "Key Assumptions," March 29, 2007: Soon after Clinton's presidential campaign got underway, senior adviser Harold Ickes circulated this list of "Key Assumptions." They include his belief that February 5 would decide the nominee; that Clinton could not survive lossnes in Iowa and New Hampshire (but that John Edwards and Barack Obama could); and that the prevailing view of her as the incumbent was potentially dangerous. Fatefully, Ickes cited the need to maintain a $25 million reserve fund for use after Iowa--but following Clinto's loss, he confessed to colleagues, "The cupboard is empty."

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