Leon Panetta Slams Chief Clinton Pollster Mark Penn, Compares Him To Karl Rove

01/05/2009 02:52 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Niall Stanage New York Observer

UPDATE 1/5/09

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The argument that the constant carping about Hillary Clinton's campaign has been a function of an Obama-friendly, process-obsessed media is well and good. But how, then, to explain the deeply held dissatisfaction of an old Clinton loyalist like Leon Panetta?

In an interview with The Observer, Mr. Panetta compared Mrs. Clinton's top strategist Mark Penn to Karl Rove, suggested that the Clinton campaign had totally underestimated Barack Obama's appeal, and complained about the overall lack of planning that he said had characterized the former First Lady's bid to return to the White House.