Monday, May 20, 2013

Mark Penn is Still Stupid

The most unsurprising news ever: Mark Penn is unlikely to join the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign. I wrote a post in 2008 titled "Just How Dumb Is Mark Penn." Turns out Penn is really stupid. So stupid that he became a punchline in Democratic circles. Let's count the ways.

1. Penn based his strategy on Hillary winning the nomination by taking California. Penn wasn't aware that California delegates weren't winner take all.

2. Penn convinced Clinton to not run on change. We now know that President Obama won the nomination on campaigning for change.

3. Penn made the outlandish claim that 1.7 million bloggers make a profit from blogging. Penn used no methodology on these for-profit bloggers before he published his Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Penn helped create the boring political group No Labels.

4. Penn is a clueless political operative. This memo he penned is classic Penn.

It is a vast right and left wing conspiracy. Listening to Brit Hume say that Obama is surging while Hillary failed to do X is almost comical and certainly transparent. The right knows Obama is unelectable except perhaps against Attila the Hun, and a third party would come in then anyway.

Penn really had his pulse on the 2008 election.

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