The Clinton campaign thinks there are more points to score against Barack Obama with the resignation of top policy adviser Samantha Power earlier today.
In an (ongoing) Clinton campaign conference call, Jamie Rubin, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs and then chief spokesman for the State Department under Bill Clinton, described Power as the "most influential of his advisers" with "unlimited access" to the candidate. Rubin described her as a "Svengali, guru, whatever you want to call it" and added that if the Obama foreign policy team’s members don’t realize their remarks reflect on the candidate and his thinking, it’s "amateur hour."
Rubin also said that he felt sorry for Power, because she is an academic, not used to the scrutiny of a presidential campaign. He put the blame for her remarks on Obama.
"I feel sorry for her, that she has been put in a position that he can’t run a foreign policy team the way it should be run," said Rubin, adding, "I feel sorry for her, and it is the man at the top who has not organized himself."