Although the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email is unlikely to damage her chances to reach the White House, her use of a private account as secretary of state suggests a larger set of concerns about her management approach. How did her staff not warn her about the political and security risks? And why didn’t they protect her more effectively once those risks became clear?
According to New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, the imbroglio “revives the larger question of whether Clinton is capable of managing a competent campaign (and thus, in turn, a competent administration).” He cites as evidence the turmoil within Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 campaign, which was widely seen as mismanaged.
But what’s striking about these failures is how different they are. The paradox of Mrs. Clinton’s leadership style is that she often seems to simultaneously have too many advisers and too few.