Hillary Clinton is not a fan of stories about Hillary Clinton -- especially when they are about her non-existent but maybe not always non-existent 2016 presidential campaign.
We get this news from a Politico article published on Thursday, but also from reaching obvious conclusions after looking at decades of Clintonian political history. Reporters have always wanted to wanted to write about the secret doings of the Clintons, the Clintons have always wanted to keep their doings secret, and the schools of Clinton plankton -- always nameless -- have always populated the never-ending stories about what the Clintons are thinking/yelling/hangry about.
Even the story about the Clintons' determination to make their 2016 campaign leak-resistant features quotes from people trading information for the assurance that their name will go unmentioned.
“When things go south, leaks come out, many of them not even truthful, as everyone is trying to get out of the way of the loss,” said a former senior Clinton political aide. “When things go north, leaks are fewer because everyone is jockeying for the win and so the penalty of leaking is greater.”
“That’s not an issue that’s going to go away,” said a source who has known both Bill and Hillary Clinton for years. “It’s going to be worse. When she ran last time it was 30 years worth of people. Now there’s 40 years worth of people. A whole State Department. There are just so many people in her and his orbit.”
“Campaigns are different because it brings out the worst in people’s instincts,” said a former Clinton State Department official.
“Can they be controlled?” a former Clinton aide asked of the Obama alumni.
With people just itching to reveal every detail about a campaign still in its wispy stages, one can't help but imagine that the already-teeming number of faceless sources are bound to grow exponentially if/when things get official.
And you can be sure if Clinton does happen to run in and win an election, she won't improve upon previous administrations' reliance on background or off-the-record sourcing. If you can't even go on the record to acknowledge that Hillary Clinton is thinking about running for president -- this is not a secret -- what will anyone go on the record to talk about?
The 2016 election might not be a campaign season of leaks, it may instead become a season of especially un-insightful quotes contributed by unknown people we don't even get the privilege of making fun of.
Below is proof that people show no signs of stopping anonymously talking about the Clintons anytime soon. It is not unabridged, because no one wants to read 10,000 words of people explaining why they don't want to talk about the Clintons on the record.
Podesta has told Clinton "that if she decides to run" he "will do whatever" he can to help her, according to an official who asked for anonymity in order to discuss internal personnel matters.
Many people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid getting ahead of the unannounced campaign.
This official, like other Democrats aware of Clinton's maneuvers, was not authorized to publicly discuss the developments and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A Clinton aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, made a similar statement and then got to the point: “They didn’t talk about 2016.”
As to whether such events have any spillover benefit for Clinton’s own potential candidacy, the aide demurred. He requested anonymity to discuss Clinton’s closely held schedule and priorities.
An exploratory committee might also appear too coy for a previous candidate with obvious ambitions for a second try, according to several Democratic advisers, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because Clinton has not yet said she is running.
“Labor would love to see her have to [work for] the nomination and not have it given to her,” said one labor official, who has worked with Clinton in the past and asked to speak anonymously in order to be candid.
Like others, he spoke on the condition of anonymity because Clinton has not yet said she is a candidate.
No action will be taken before the Dec. 6 runoff in Louisiana between Senator Mary L. Landrieu, a Democrat and a Clinton friend, and her Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, putting the likely date for the establishing an exploratory committee in early next year, said several Clinton advisers who insisted on anonymity in discussing private conversations.
One longtime Democratic operative, speaking anonymously to give a candid read of the situation, says Clinton’s advisers haven’t reached out for ideas yet because that would require acknowledging that she’s running — even though everything else about the book tour suggests that she is.
Multiple Obama campaign advisers — who spoke only on the condition of anonymity to avoid alienating the Clintons — said they fear Clinton’s financial status could hurt her as it did Republican nominee Mitt Romney, whom Obama portrayed in 2012 as an out-of-touch plutocrat at a time of economic uncertainty.
Longtime Clinton message manager Philippe Reines spoke to the group, which gathered for a “much broader focus on national security, because it has bubbled up as an issue,” according to a participant in the meeting. The participant spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the closed-door session.
But one person with intimate knowledge of Clinton dynamics had a simpler explanation. According to this person, staff members — most notably Band — who were insecure about Chelsea’s power had simply forgotten that they lived “downstairs.”
“It’s almost becoming a kind of conventional wisdom that there were minimal accomplishments,” said the friend, who, like some others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly without alienating the Clinton camp.
“There’s an amazing amount of outside activity, but more important, structural formation,” said one prominent Democratic strategist with a long history in presidential campaigns, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid. “There’s a real apparatus out there.”
Mr. Reines and Ms. Abedin agreed that she should leave her home to avoid even appearing in the background of any scene in the video, according to people familiar with their conversation, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid straining ties with those involved.
“We would be at sea in a lifeboat with no food, no water and no land in sight,” said one veteran Democratic operative who has worked on presidential campaigns, and who, like most people interviewed for this story, asked for anonymity to speak candidly about the former first lady. “There is no Plan B.”
“Two years ago, [it was] caring about Huma, and now it’s concern for Huma,” said a second Clinton ally, who, like almost everyone interviewed, requested anonymity.
"There's a time and place for things in life and that last campaign was brutal and she gave it her best shot and she really is exhausted. She may be coming to the recognition that there are other ways to do public service. You can sometimes get more done out of government than in government," the staffer said on condition of anonymity.