by a gunslinger, Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 05:07:36 AM EST
HRC Supporters... what is the purpose of Mr. Penn's seeming self-absolvement of the state of Hillary's campaign?
He is CLEARLY trying to distance himself from the result of the campaign, which he apperently believes is Hillary eventually (sooner rather than later one supposes) dropping out as she cannot catch Obama's lead with the delegates.
What do you all think this means, not only for Tuesday... but for the history books? Hillary's campaign seems more interested in pointing fingers at this point.
Like Ships From a Sinking Rat
March 03, 2008 9:46 AM
(The "rat" being a campaign that has as of now lost 11 straight contests...)
Look at all the senior Clinton staffers distancing themselves from and down-playing their roles in Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign!
Today's Los Angeles Times contains the following remarkable passage:
Senior Clinton campaign strategist Mark "Penn said in an e-mail over the weekend that he had 'no direct authority in the campaign,' describing himself as merely 'an outside message advisor with no campaign staff reporting to me.'
"'I have had no say or involvement in four key areas -- the financial budget and resource allocation, political or organizational sides. Those were the responsibility of Patti Solis Doyle, Harold Ickes and Mike Henry, and they met separately on all matters relating to those areas.'
"Howard Wolfson, the campaign's communications chief, answered that it was Penn who had top responsibility for both its strategy and message. Another aide said Penn spoke to Clinton routinely about the campaign's message and ran daily meetings on the topic."
Last week in the New York Observer, senior Clinton adviser Harold Ickes said, "Mark Penn has run this campaign. Besides Hillary Clinton, he is the single most responsible person for this campaign. Now, he has been circumscribed to some extent by Maggie Williams"
The Observer goes on to report: "When asked about the assertion by one senior Clinton official the campaign was effectively run by committee, diluting Penn's authority, Ickes was incredulous.
"'I don't know what campaign you're talking about,' said Ickes. 'I have been at meetings where he introduces himself as the campaign's chief strategist. I've heard him call himself that many times, say, "I am the chief strategist." Asked if Penn preferred the title of chief strategist to pollster, Ickes said, 'Prefer it? He insists on it!'"