First, Bad plan of attack:
JUST 24 hours after Barack Obama had the crowds spilling out of the North Nashua High School in the northeastern state of New Hampshire, US presidential rival Hillary Clinton arrived at the same location to fire up her supporters.Duh. But this baffles me:
An elementary rule in politics is never book the same venue to follow a surging rival.
And as they did eventually make their way in, the work of what they call the "Clinton machine" was clearly discernible.Why would anyone leave open space in their rally? Key to making a "packed room" is shrinking the room before the crowd piles in - check. Second rule? If it's not full, and the people keep comin' -pack 'em in! Do NOT section them off in some separate room to try to fool the press. If you've got room, that will only piss people off.
Clinton's campaign staff had shrunk the room. It made the crowd look bigger.
Using barricades, the public area in front of Clinton was considerably smaller than at the Obama event the previous day. Instead, they expanded the area reserved for the media.
Even so, the public standing space could have crammed plenty more people in.
But the Clinton staff stopped people moving into the area and instead opened the overflow room. In there just 250 or so were forced to sit when they could have easily been in the main hall to see Clinton herself.
I guess Clinton wanted the press to report their overflow- thing is, the media forgot not to mention the empty space in the auditorium.
What's a girl to do? I guess cry about it.