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Intelligencer: November 15-22, 2004

Hillary’s quiet partners, the woman behind Desperate Housewives tries to save Martha Stewart, Tina Brown flees a dinner party, and more.

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• Disney fourth-quarter earnings released: Will Desperate Housewives mitigate hurricane damage to theme-park receipts?
• Almodóvar’s Bad Education— Gael García Bernal in drag—opens.
• Le Beaujolais Nouveau trickles in.
• Manhattan is, indeed, modern again.
• Sports and entertainment greats collide on Sunday: Michael Vick at Giants Stadium; LeBron James at the Garden; Minnie Driver at the Bowery Ballroom.


Hillary’s Quiet Partners
She gets her posse together for 2006—or is it ’08?
As Senator Clinton gears up for her reelection campaign, she’s quietly hired the Glover Park Group, the New York–D.C. communications-consulting firm that employs two of her most trusted outside advisers,Gigi Georges and Howard Wolfson (who confirmed the firm’s now on retainer). By formally enlisting Glover, she’s not just ramping up for ’06, but also creating a vehicle for a possible White House run. Her aides point out that it’s not a coincidence that Patti Solis Doyle, who’s headed up her national political operation, Hillpac, also joined Glover at around the time Hillary inked her deal. “This is a successful model other presidential candidates have followed,” says one Hillary-ite. “By sending her people into a consulting firm, it allows them more latitude while keeping them more under the radar. She hasn’t made a decision, but why shouldn’t she put everything in place, should she decide to go?”
—Greg Sargent


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