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    to think through all the appointed positions in the State Department, for instance?  Could one person vet all the potential ambassadorial appointments?  Could twenty?  I don't know.  I do know that we have a massive government.

    It's not really a great analogy, but I remember reading about the size of Hillary Clinton's operation in 2007-08 and being stunned when I read that apparently no one on her team really understood all the vagaries of how delegates are won in the various primaries and caucuses.  My sense is that Mark Penn conveyed so strongly the belief that Hillary would have the nomination wrapped up by Super Tuesday that no one ever looked in to all those caucuses.  Meanwhile, the planners on Obama's team realized how a caucus in, say, Montana, could yield a far larger advantage in delegates than could a primary in New Jersey.  And as we all know, they built an extraordinary network of offices and volunteers across every state.

    So while the size of the team clearly cannot guarantee the quality of its output, I think it's clear that planning in these sorts of massive endeavors is essential.

    A 47% return on investment--that's pretty doggoned good!

    by deminva on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 10:40:19 AM PST

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