is no household name, which is fine with him.
He is, in fact, Barack Obama’s campaign manager. You won't see him on the news talk shows. He is, by his own design, a back-room manager.
It is no secret that, to date, campaign strategy and its execution has been near flawless. It is obvious to any student of the game that many lessons from past elections have been learned so that those mistakes made will not be repeated. Additionally, even though the Internet has been used in previous elections, its potential has never been fully realized until now where it has been honed to a fine science by Obama’s people.
It should also be noticed that the ethics and degree of class and professionalism is a first, in my opinion, and will be held up as a model to be studied by future historians and campaign personnel.
Most of the credit belongs to Barack himself and his choice of David Plouffe as campaign manager. But who is this guy? Let’s take a look:
Plouffe resume illustrates just how active he’s been:
- He worked on Senator Tom Harkin's 1990 re-election campaign and later worked as a state field director for Harkin's unsuccessful 1992 Presidential campaign.
- He managed Congressman John Olver's first re-election bid in Western Massachusetts
- In 1994 Plouffe managed Delaware Attorney General Charles M. Oberly's unsuccessful campaign against Senator William V. Roth Jr..
- In 1995 he worked as campaign director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In 1996 Plouffe managed Bob Torricelli's successful campaign to fill Bill Bradley's seat in the United States Senate.
- From 1997 to 1998 Plouffe served as Democratic leader Richard Gephardt's Deputy Chief of Staff.
You can bet that Obama’s campaign will be studied by political science students, historians and campaign personnel for many years to come. Until then, we get to witness it all unfolding; David Plouffe's plotting of Barack Obama’s road to the White House.