WASHINGTON -- Some experts wonder whether U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination illustrates her lack of management ability.
James A. Thurber, professor of government at Washington's American University and an expert on presidential management told The New York Time that given the sniping and infighting among members of Clinton's campaign staff, it is legitimate to question whether the New York senator can lead a complex operation.
"Under great pressure from two different factions, can she make some hard decisions and move ahead?" Thurber said in Monday's Times. "It just seems to fester. She doesn't seem to know how to stop it or want to stop it."
Clinton's top advisers said that while her management style may be untidy, she is entirely comfortable with conflicting ideas among her aides.
"It's hard to draw conclusions about her management style because she is, in fact, not the manager of her campaign," said senior adviser Harold Ickes.
Unlike President Bush, Clinton has shown no interest in having one strong person control all aspects of her campaign operation, the Times said.
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