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April 30, 2007

Hillary In '08!

The Washington Post has run a long profile of Mark Penn, the "chief strategist" for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and her campaign manager in all but name. It's full of horrifying information. For instance, Penn is CEO of Burson-Marsteller, and plans to continue being CEO during the campaign. This is impressive, since usually these people like to wash the blood off their hands before appearing in public.

But this was my favorite part of the story, and the reason why I've caught Hillarymania:

In their $5 million Georgetown mansion, Penn and his wife, Nancy Jacobson, a former staff member for Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) who is now a fundraiser with the Clinton campaign, run something of a salon for like-minded friends. They recently threw a book party for Jeffrey Goldberg, the New Yorker writer...

And what are the foreign policy views of this like-minded friend of Hillary's campaign manager? Here's Jeffrey Goldberg on October 3, 2002:

There is not sufficient space...for me to refute some of the arguments made in Slate over the past week against intervention, arguments made, I have noticed, by people with limited experience in the Middle East (Their lack of experience causes them to reach the naive conclusion that an invasion of Iraq will cause America to be loathed in the Middle East, rather than respected)...

The administration is planning today to launch what many people would undoubtedly call a short-sighted and inexcusable act of aggression. In five years, however, I believe that the coming invasion of Iraq will be remembered as an act of profound morality.

Elsewhere in the Post story, we learn that "Penn's theory of the 2008 race has always been that after two tumultuous terms under Bush, the electorate will want change -- but not too much change."

Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

Posted at April 30, 2007 10:37 AM | TrackBack

"after two tumultuous terms under Bush, the electorate will want change -- but not too much change."

Too much change makes Baby Burton Marsteller cry.

Posted by: Nell at April 30, 2007 12:44 PM

Dang; ruined my leetle joke with a misspelling.

Hey, I give Jeffrey Goldberg credit for being honest on Oct 3, 2002 that the administration was definitely going to have its short-sighted act of aggression. Hillary Clinton defenders around the blogs are still lamely maintaining that her vote a week after that for the war resolution was only a vote to get the inspectors in, not a blank check for war. That view doesn't survive a reading of her Senate speech (and she gave the major floor speech for the pro-war vote, immediately following Byrd's stirring plea for a no vote).

Posted by: Nell at April 30, 2007 12:50 PM

Hey! Don't knock Goldberg yet-October 2007 is still MONTHS away!

Posted by: Clint at April 30, 2007 03:13 PM

campaign slogan:
Hillary '08 - Not too much change from the beloved Bush years.

where the fuck do I sign up?

Posted by: ran at April 30, 2007 05:29 PM

I have long suspected that to be successful it does not take a huge amount of intelligence rather all that is needed is a complete lack of scruples.

Posted by: rob payne at April 30, 2007 07:39 PM

PELOSI FOR PRESIDENT---IMPEACH NOW!!! She ain't George Bush and she ain't Hillary, that ought to satisify any voter.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at May 1, 2007 12:17 AM

Pelosi? Are you fucked in the head man? Jello Biafra for President, my man! At least then we would have someone that isn't a complete embarassment to my city, good ol' San Francisco. IMHO: Fuck all of the republicrats from Culifuhnya, period.

Posted by: at May 1, 2007 09:05 AM

Bullshit. When '08 rolls around you'll pull the lever for Hillary. The dem party elites know it, the pundits know it, everyone knows it. Hell, it you voted for Kerry in '04, you'll vote for a pile of used kleenex. So stop fucking pretending and send in your checks to the DNC like good little demobots.

Posted by: AlanSmithee at May 1, 2007 12:49 PM

didn't vote for Kerry, will not vote for Hillary. when Dems quit being me-too warmongers, I'll consider voting for 'em. so piss right off Alan.

Posted by: ran at May 1, 2007 05:12 PM

I did vote for Kerry, because all my friends and associates said that WE HAVE TO DO THIS - IT WOULD BE HORRIBLE IF BUSH WON!!

That was my last vote for a war-mongerer. I did not vote at all in the 2006 Representative race - both were war mongerers.

I will not vote for Clinton...or Edwards.

Posted by: Susan at May 1, 2007 08:54 PM

Seeing as the Republicans couldn't put anyone in office even if they ran unopposed, I am considering a voter boycott to once and for all eliminate the party of American Liberalisms' Tombstone.

Destroy the Republican Party and kill your local Democratic politician(accomplice) today!

Posted by: at May 7, 2007 09:40 AM