Archive for April 6th, 2008

A Posion Penn Letter…

April 6, 2008

 The man Behind the Candidate who is behind

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Mark Penn, the pollster and senior strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid, left the campaign Sunday after it was disclosed he met with representatives of the Colombian government to help promote a free trade agreement Clinton opposes.

“After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as chief strategist of the Clinton Campaign,” campaign manager Maggie Williams said in a statement released Sunday. “Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign.”…  It was the second major departure of a Clinton campaign official this year. In February, Patti Solis Doyle stepped down as campaign manager and was replaced by Williams.

The role of a senior strategist is to find ways to help their candidate improve their position with voters not make the news be about themselves.  Mark Penn has had a habit of letting the media spotlight shine on him sometimes more than HRC, and this time, it resulted in a demotion.  Keep in mind, HRC has already paid Penn over $12,000,000 for his services, I’m sure his new position will cut his billing rate, I know we all hope he can survive on that new lower rate.

Remember, Mark Penn is the man behind the women who is behind Barack H. Obama and now he has taken a step back himself.  For the Clinton Campaign, I guess this is considered progress.

Ted Turner, Please Pass the Fava Beans

April 6, 2008

Hsnnibal Ted

As if there was any doubt that Ted Turner has made the leap from Captain Courageous to Captain Queeg (Humphrey BogartThe Caine Mutiny “Then there was the Strawberry incident”) He removed it this past week.

Only the people that don`t understand it think it`s going to — not doing it will be catastrophic. We`ll have eight degrees — we`ll be eight degrees hotter in 10 — not 10, but in 30 or 40 years. And basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died, and the rest of us will be cannibals.

Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state like Somalia or Sudan, and living conditions will be intolerable.The droughts will be so bad, there will be no more corn growing. (Entire Conversation with Charlie Rose)

Ted, I know it must have been tough being married to Jane all those years, but this just takes it to a whole new level. No more corn and eating my neighbors… I’m speechless!