Friday, February 15, 2008
Quote Which I Hope Will Pre-empt Ken's Next Obama Post
by Tom Bozzo
The Rude One, on Mark Penn:
It's sad, really, how badly Penn wants to be Karl Rove when he's just, at the end of the day, like every cartoon villain who thinks he can control dark forces that will make him blow up or become a dessicated corpse...And if that isn't enough, let's just say: Terry McAuliffe! And, unlike 19-year-old volunteers, these are Genuine Insiders paid lots of HRC's donors' money for this Quality Strategery.
And so it's even sadder that Hillary Clinton invested so much of her presidential ambitions in this wannabe intellectual... who says smart sounding things like calling groups of people shit like "Impressionable Elites" and "Permissive Parents," spouting vaguely coherent pop sociology like, "Numbers help you land on something that is incontrovertibly true." Well, that is until they don't.
The reason that Barack Obama has a movement behind him is that he went for a unifying movement. Clinton, listening to Penn, who saw how Rove eked out "wins" through targeting small, specific groups, is now in the position of trying to string together the Caffeine Crazies and the Unisexuals and the Working Retired into a crazy patchwork of a majority while creating the illusion of a movement.