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Democratic Staffers Too Tired For General Election?

The long Democratic campaign is taking a toll on underpaid, and overworked campaign staffers. This campaign of attrition has made history in two ways: it started earlier than ever, and is lasting longer than ever. Not wanting to concede any fatigue, Obama and Clinton staffers push themselves to work at full speed, sometimes not taking even one day off in months.

The New York Times recounted the long list of casualties, which include: abandoned Iowa apartments strewn with t-shirts, postponed weddings, and non-existent family time. Some aides are even — gasp — jealous of loser aides who have had time to get a full night's sleep now that their candidates have dropped out.

Do you think the winning candidate will be helped or hindered by a well-worked staff? When the trench warfare that is the general election begins, will the Democratic infrastructure be exhausted or conditioned? Whose staff do you think has had to work the hardest?


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remedios remedios 9 years
um, isn't this what the whole battle is about?
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
man, i'm sick of this campaign already, i can't imagine what it's like to be a staffer.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I have known several campaign staffers before, veekore, and they interviewed, just like for any other jobs. Of course, the vast majority of staffers have done extensive volunteer work on campaigns in the past. (a lot through College Republicans/College Democrats) Most of the high level campaign staffers already worked for the candidate before in some other capacity and shift to campaign staff for the election, then go back to working for the candidate after the election. For most staffers, their full-time employment involves working on the Hill, at the DNC or RNC, etc. For a lot of them, working as campaign staff is their first full-time job out of college or law school and this is a way for them to meet people and gain valuable political connections before finding a permanent job.
Veekore Veekore 9 years
As an aside, I wonder how staffs are actually chosen, and what staffers do in between campaign, that is, what is their full-time employment?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Awwww. Booo Hooo. :cry:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
It's definitely interesting and not really something I'd thought a ton about. I think Obama's staff has definitely worked the hardest, although I'm mostly basing that on personal experience. Before the Potomac Primaries, I saw Obama's staff EVERYWHERE (although, I think a lot of the people I saw were probably volunteers, not paid staff). I didn't see nearly as much of Hillary's people. That all being said, I think the staff of the winning candidate will be a little tired when it comes time to gear up for the general election, but they will also probably be really energized, so they will be able to push through. I know (again from personal experience) a lot of Democrats who like both candidates, so haven't really worked on the primaries, but want to volunteer to help with the general election, so I'm sure volunteers will be able to alleviate a lot of the stress the staffers are feeling.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Interesting. I'm sure they are tired of everything. I wouldn't want to be a staffer.
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