Monday, April 07, 2008

Mark Penn, Microtrends author and Dem's version of Karl Rove, leaves Clinton camp

Mark Penn is out. He was supposedly the closest thing the Clinton's had to Karl Rove, but his unfortunate remarks have hurt her campaign.

e.g. "Could we possibly have a nominee who hasn't won any of the significant states -- outside of Illinois? That raises some serious questions about Sen. Obama."

He has minimized Obama's wins saying caucus wins don't really count, small state wins don't really count, medium state wins don't really count, states with large African-American populations don't really count, et al.

The straw that broke the camel's back apparently was a conflict of interest, since his lobbyist organization was working with Colombia on gettint their free trade agreement with the U.S. pushed through, and Clinton was publicly against it. He met with a Colombian rep, apologized, was fired by Colombia, and then by the Clinton camp yest.

Does this mean the Clinton campaign will get back on the right track (was it ever?) or just another sign that it is floundering and that we may expect a resignation if they lose Pennsylvannia?

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