Friday, February 15, 2008

Thought for the Day

(Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's top campaign strategist. (Getty))

[Posted by Mike - Born at the Crest of the Empire.]
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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Priceless Mike. What a thug he is.

10:56:00 AM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

I'm trying to shy away from direct side v side political posts here, but I figured this was interesting enough and Rorschach enough to be interesting.

The interesting underlying story right now to me is that the Clinton campaign is beginning to try and assign blame to each other.

They're fighting internally, and backbiting the past strategies in anonymous quotes in the major papers.

There's never been any question that he's the top campaign official. Hence, the post.

12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The implosion is facinating. I don't see why she didn't dump him while she was shaking up the staff. As far as I can see, he's done far more damage to the campaign than anyone else involved.

12:24:00 PM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

I would guess two reasons. 1) She got away with Patti Solis Doyle's firing being only an insider story, but Penn would be much bigger.

2) I think he's actually probably pretty good at his specialy, "microtrends," slicing and dicing the millions of small segments to try and build a slight majority.

The problem is that this isn't a "microtrend" election.

They're facing a huge, almost across the demographic board Obama wave and they're still trying to tailor their message to corral certain groups.

They've been trapped in their preconceptions (likely built from their experiences in the 90's.)

3:54:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think that's right Mike. They're campaigning like it's still 1992. Another that bothers me about her campaign. Lack of vision and an apparent inability to adapt to the internet age. They're just not getting it.

5:02:00 PM  

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