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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-11-08 12:11 PM
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Paul Begala on Mark Penn: "it became almost a Rumsfeldian thing. And he is not even fired."
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Edited on Fri Apr-11-08 01:08 PM by Pirate Smile

Begala: 'Nothing but contempt' for Penn

Paul Begala at a New York breakfast this morning, via HuffPo:

"I have nothing but contempt for Mr. Penn," said Begala at a New York City breakfast sponsored by the non-profit group Public Agenda. "And for those of us who wanted to see him out from the beginning, it became almost a Rumsfeldian thing. And he is not even fired. He has been demoted. How could this be?"

Begala, it's worth noting, is a key consultant to Progressive Media USA, the new Democratic independent money group.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0408/Begala_Noth...


Sen. Clinton's campaign should truly serve as a warning to us regarding how an Administration of hers would be run.

That is harsher then I normally like get regarding her, but, damn, I just don't get it considering what a smart person she is supposed to be - her campaign is a huge, red warning sign. :wtf:


Edit to add more:

"Penn is looking to target non-Catholic Latino woman. All two of them He slices the baloney incredibly thin. And in addition to being a political strategist, he is heading one of the biggest public relations firm in Washington, which is a huge conflict of interest. The campaign ended up looking like Exxon Mobil instead of what it really is this campaign has been so incremental and corporate.


Edit to add even more:

"WP: Power Lunch Alert! - Mark Penn lunches with Karen Hughes

Spotted at lunch Wednesday at the pricey D.C. restaurant Il Mulino: Mark Penn, Burson-Marsteller chief and former chief strategist and major player in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.

His luncheon companion? None other than Karen P. Hughes, longtime Bush aide, White House counselor and State Department public diplomacy czar. We're told mutual friends arranged this as a "get-to-know-you lunch" while she was in town for a State Department public diplomacy award.

But what would the two PR wizards have discussed? Obviously not politics. Maybe Hughes, who surely would have a number of potential Mideast clients -- despite having had some rocky days over there -- would come work for Penn's firm? Maybe a little chit-chat over their favorite PR strategies? NAFTA?


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...


Good Lord! This stuff reminds me of when Bill was complementing Karl Rove after the 2004 campaign.

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