I’ve already admitted that Mark Penn was the first and main reason why I didn’t support the Clinton campaign, even though I wasn’t supporting anyone else, either.

But this bullshit kinda confirms my initial apprehension:

Really, has there ever been a more idiotic line of spin in the history of politics, the suggestion that because Obama didn’t win a Democratic primary in California or New York, that those two solid Democratic states are suddenly out of reach for him in November? With that logic, it’s obvious Clinton has no chance in Illinois, since she got crushed there!

But worse than that, how is Clinton expected to win some of those important states that “don’t matter”, like Colorado, Missouri, Washington, Minnesota, Virginia, Maryland, Maine, Delaware, Iowa, and Connecticut?


If these states don’t matter, and if Clinton is willing to let superdelegates give her a nomination that Democratic voters give to Obama, they’re biting the hand that feeds them. Don’t they remember who makes them possible?

Penn made his bones pushing back against internet organizers, among other things, so what should we expect? He was the netroots’ natural enemy. He was the quintessential DINO media consultant, i.e., one who worked in the political offseason for corporate interests that backed Republicans.

Throughout the past seven years, Mark Penn has continued to keep one foot in his corporate lobbying firm and another foot in Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. Under his leadership, Burson-Marsteller has followed the same corporate mentality of not including the public’s wellbeing as a factor in deciding what projects to undertake. B-M boasts in its website that the company recognizes its “obligations to all who have a stake in our success, including shareowners, clients, employees, and suppliers.” (Notice that even the firm admits by implication that the “public,” “consumers” or “national interests” don’t have a stake in the firm’s success.)
Burson recently lobbied the Texas legislature for TXU energy – a widely despised energy company in Texas – in support of an initiative that would secure the company’s ability to build three more coal plants at a time when we are trying to put the usage of fossil fuels behind us. This is hardly the first time that Burson has put the company’s bottom-line ahead of the environment. The firm has served TXU for almost a decade now on multiple projects, all aimed at multi-level lobbying to push for company’s plans to continue to build coal plants. In 1993, Burson led a $1.8 million campaign to successfully defeat President Clinton’s proposed BTU tax on fossil fuels. Burson is also behind a group called “Foundation for Clean Air Progress,” which has been deceptively named as it was specifically formed to hinder – not help as the name implies – measures to control air pollution and designed to pressure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to adopt tougher pollution controls. The Washington Post reported on June 17, 1997 that the group had participated in a “multimillion-dollar campaign to turn back EPA regulations for smog and soot.”
Burson was also hired by Blackwater USA to help Erik Prince with his testimony to Congress two months ago about his employees’ killing of 17 Iraqi civilians.
One of the lobbying methods that Penn’s Burson employs is phone campaigns to constituents of legislators who are the “targets.” Constituents receive a phone call, sometimes from a group artificially created with an innocent-sounding name. Caller explains the reason for the call and the issue in debate, tries to convince the constituent why he or she should support a certain position and asks whether he or she would be willing to write a letter to the target in support of that position. If the constituent agrees to the one-sided argument, the caller then asked for some personal information to compose a personalized letter on the constituent’s behalf.

The unique letter is then written and sent to the constituent along with a pre-stamped envelope and pre-addressed to the legislator. All the constituent has to do is to sign the letter, put it in the envelope and throw it in outgoing mail.

Astroturf over grassroots, corporations over everybody. Why in the hell would a Democrat retain someone like that?

But, I figured there was something I didn’t know (there always is, you know) and should just keep watching.

Gotta learn to trust my instincts, I guess.