From NBC's Mark Murray
First Read friend Josh Green of the Atlantic Monthly -- whose GQ article Team Clinton infamously spiked -- has a very good piece on Patti Solis Doyle's ouster as manager of the Clinton campaign. Do read the entire article, but here is the gist:
"For the many people in and around Washington who obsess over the latest machinations in Hillaryland, the firing of Solis Doyle—and she was fired, several insiders confirm—is a big deal, but for reasons somewhat different from what the media coverage has suggested. Her title of 'campaign manager' implies a loftier role than the one she actually played. She is the furthest thing from a Rove-like strategic genius (Mark Penn inhabits that role for Hillary), so her leaving doesn't signify an impending change of strategy, as some reports seem to assume. Rather, Solis Doyle, who began as Clinton's personal scheduler in 1991 (and who, as it happens, coined the term 'Hillaryland') was Clinton's alter ego and was installed in the job specifically for that reason."
More: "Her performance in Clinton's past races and especially in this one reflects all the good and the bad that the alter-ego designation carries. I've always felt that the most revealing thing about Solis Doyle is her oft-repeated line: 'When I'm speaking, Hillary is speaking.' It is revealing both because it is true and because it conveys—and even flaunts—an arrogance that I think is the key to understanding all that has gone wrong for the Clinton campaign."