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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Convention buzz
A deal has been reached to put Hillary Clinton's name in nomination at the convention, on August 27th. She is supposed to then cast her superdelegate vote for Obama, ask her supporters to do the same, and turn over her delegates. We'll see if it goes down that way.

Meanwhile, a judge says Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick CAN go to the convention, without an ankle bracelet! ... leading me to wonder, why in the hell does Kwame Kilpatrick think he should be at the convention? Is his goal to just keep embarrassing himself and the Democratic Party until someone actually slaps him? (sigh)

And speaking of sighs, MoDo says the Clintons are already in the process of stealing the convention from Barack.

Last but not least, with all the ugliness that has surfaced about the Mark Penn memos exhorting Team Clinton to trash Obama as not quite American, the latest Atlantic bomblet is that if Obama picks Evan Bayh as his veep -- which he won't, because Bayh is boooooringgggg -- it could mean the return of the slimy Mr. Penn. Goody!

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posted by JReid @ 11:48 AM  
Monday, April 07, 2008
Mark Penn: Out!
You know your campaign is in trouble when your chief message man is moonlighting as a free trade lobbyist:  
Hillary Clinton's chief strategist Mark Penn resigned last night after embarrassing the former First Lady by flying to Colombia on private business to lobby for a free trade deal that the Democratic candidate opposes.

... In a terse statement issued late on Sunday, Maggie Williams, Mrs Clinton's campaign manager, who recently replaced the ousted Patty Solis Doyle, said: "After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as chief strategist of the Clinton Campaign.

She added that Mr Penn would continue to give polling advice to Mrs Clinton.

Mr Penn was an advocate of Mrs Clinton appearing tough and "ready on day one" to be president whereas other aides argued that she should show her human side much more.

One of those aides, Howard Wolfson, was named as a replacement for Mr Penn, along with Geoff Garin, another pollster, who was taken on by Mrs Clinton just over a fortnight ago.

Mr Penn met Colombian ambassador Carolina Barco Isakson and later apologised, saying he met Mr Isakson in his role as chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller Worldwide, a lobbying firm hired [by] Colombia to help win the approval by the US Congress of a free trade agreement with America.

Not good. The Penn departure is probably good news to the growing contingent inside Camp Clinton who think he's a jerk, and that his "ready on day one" message has been a bust.

Meanwhile, as if Hillary didn't have enough problems, she's gotten herself embroiled in another "it's not true-ism":
Hillary Clinton faced fresh embarrassment yesterday after a story she told about the state of America's health care system was disclosed as inaccurate.

The former First Lady, who last month admitted she was guilty of a "misspeak" when she was forced to backtrack after embellishing an account of landing under sniper fire in Bosnia, has crossed the country telling voters a shocking tale of a woman and her baby who died after being refused medical treatment.

The Clinton campaign said Mrs Clinton was told the story by a deputy sheriff in Ohio but had been unable to check it

Mrs Clinton said that a hospital in Ohio turned the woman away twice while she was experiencing complications in pregnancy.

On a visit to Wyoming, she said: "It hurts me that in our country, as rich and good a country as we are, this young woman and her baby died because she couldn't come up with $100 to see the doctor."

But the woman has been identified as Trina Bachtel, a patient at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, who died last August two weeks after her baby was stillborn. She was treated and insured.

Rick Castrop, the chief executive officer of the O'Bleness Health System, said: "We implore the Clinton campaign to immediately desist from repeating this story."

The Clinton campaign said Mrs Clinton was told the story last month by a deputy sheriff in Ohio but had been unable to check it. ...
Free advice to the Clinton team: you really, really, really need to check it. Really.

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