Thursday, May 10, 2007

Don't Need No More Wars

There's an interesting article over at the Nation on Hillary Clinton's advisers, in particular her pollster Mark Penn. The article suggests that Penn's connections to the business world and to Republican candidates make it likely that he will keep Clinton's campaign close to the center.
Yet despite occupying such a divisive place in the Democratic Party and outsized role in the corporate world--and despite his company's close ties to Republican political operatives and the Bush White House--Penn remains a leading figure in Hillary's campaign, pitching the inevitability of her nomination to donors and party bigwigs. According to the New York Times, "[Hillary] Clinton responds to Penn's points with exclamations like, Oh, Mark, what a smart thing to say!" Politically, his presence means that triangulation is alive and well inside the campaign and that despite her populist forays, Hillary won't stray too far from the center. "Penn has a lot of influence on her, no doubt about it," says New York political consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who worked with Penn in '96. "He's not going to let her drift too far left."
Well worth considering.

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