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Hate The Sin, Hate The Sin’s Employer

Mark Schmitt offers up some good mockery of Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton pollster and top political strategist. “I really am not against Senator Clinton or her presidential candidacy,” Schmitt writes “But I really would like to be rid of Mark Penn and the kind of unimaginative, narrow — and narrowing — thinking that he signifies in American politics.” This I don’t quite understand. Clearly, Clinton — Mark Penn and all — is superior to Rudy Giuliani or John McCain or what have you. But the good thing about a primary is you get to choose from a menu of options, all of which have at least some appeal. Under the circumstances if you believe, as Schmitt and I do, that Penn and his way of thinking about politics have been very detrimental to the country, I think you have to take this as a very good reason to hope that the person he works for doesn’t secure the nomination. We won’t “be rid of” Penn either way, but we really won’t be rid of him if Clinton wins the nomination; instead, he’ll be one of the main architects of party-wide political strategy.

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