Finally! I've been waiting for this name to appear in the news somewhere! From the Politico:
"One of the signifiers to this insurgent progressive constituency is a willingness to stick a finger in the eye of the establishment media," said Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist who isn't working for a presidential campaign, though he's close to New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's.Yes! Lehane rides again! Maybe. Sort of. For those of who you don't know, Lehane has historically distinguished himself as a dickhead-par-excellence in Democratic-handler circles, capable of alienating even those who thought they couldn't possibly be pushed to a larger dimension of alienation.
During the 2004 campaign, John Kerry saddled himself with this prick, and found himself floundering going into the Iowa Caucuses. That's when Kerry made one of his few great decisions and fired Lehane. Almost immediately, Kerry's fortunes improved, and after Howard Dean yelled into a microphone that was running live to the media, consequently making him sound crazy, Kerry stormed off with the nomination. Lehane would go on to totally fuck up Wes Clark's campaign beyond all recognition.
As noted above, Lehane isn't yet attached officially to a campaign, mainly because his presence is the equivalent of grim, creeping, unctuous death. But, note the shrewd strategy on the part of the Clinton campaign: they're keeping him close, probably because at some point, they'll offer him a job just so they can fire him again and reap the massive "We Fired Chris Lehane" bounce in the polls that follows hard upon. It's so crazy it just might work. GOD POLITICS ARE TEH AWESOME!!!