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Mark Blumenthal

The Perils Of Polling D.C. Elites | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Monday, Politico published two new surveys, conducted by pollster Mark Penn, that compare the views of ordinary Americans to “elites in Washi...

Poll Shows People Support Checks and Balances, But Want More Limits on Supreme Court Justices

Mark Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Penn

In our latest poll, voters send one clear message -- they want more direct power, not in the hands of the politicians, but in the hands of the people, giving them more control over the judiciary and election of the president.

Jason Linkins

UK Elections Inspire Witless Microtrends From Mark Penn | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oh, Nick Clegg. I'm sorry, I'm so, so sorry. But you have become a Microtrend. It's not Clegg's fault, of course. The culprit is Burson-Marsteller...

The Most Important Speech the President Has Ever Given

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Obama can't keep using Tim Geithner or Larry Summers as spokespeople on the issue of financial reform. He has to sell it himself -- strongly, forcefully, and specifically.

Jason Linkins

Hillary Clinton Should Stop Paying Money To Mark Penn | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, we laughed and laughed at Mark Penn's latest idiotic editorial, in which he imagined how "Cleggmania" would soon be sweeping across America...

Strategy Corner: The Health Care Jam

Mark Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Penn

Reduce costs, improve the system, and then expand coverage. Going one round at a time in health care reform, hand in hand with economic recovery, would be a strategic win for the administration.

President Obama To America: "I See You"

Jim Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Kennedy

President Obama's version of "I see you" must convey to people that he understands both the extent of their problems and their hesitancy to grow government to solve them.

Calming the Nerves and Stiffening the Spine

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

What Democrats have to get through their heads is that neither swing nor base voters will reward you for gutlessness.

The Perino Conundrum: PR's Expert Inexperts

Martin Luz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Luz

Sometimes a story just sticks with you. Such is the crazy and amusing story of Dana Perino - Bush's White House House Press Secretary - who admitted she had no idea what the Cuban Missile Crisis was.

Court signals it may loosen campaign spending

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it may let businesses and unions spend freely to help their favored candidates in time for nex...

Wall Street Journal: Mark Penn's Column Not Conflict Of Interest

New York Times | RICHARD PÉREZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday that it would keep the public relations executive Mark J. Penn as a columnist, and that the paper's ethical s...

Obama 2012

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Bruno Sanz

I went to New York to meet Obama the candidate, and in a Soho apartment he told a small group of us that his middle name was Hussein. I thought he was telling a joke.

Mark Penn: Political Swine Flu

Bart Motes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bart Motes

Were it not for John Edwards, Penn opines, I imagine gesturing animatedly with his trotters, Hillary might have enjoyed an edge. Allow me to translate: Penn says Edwards stole the old racist vote from Hillary!

Hillary Learns a Lesson

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

I still get emails, and a smattering of sore winner comments, that Secretary Clinton will be the undoing of President Obama. Hoping ain't gettin'. Hasn't happened yet.

James Carville Book Dishes And Disses On Hillary Campaign

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a forthcoming book, top Hillary supporter James Carville reveals that Bill Clinton was privately shocked and infuriated by the Hillary campaign's ...

Mark Penn "Cooks the Books" on Bloggers

Lane Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lane Hudson

Mark Penn has commentary up at the Wall Street Journal. Good heavens. For 1250 words, it sure is an intellectually lazy piece of crap.

The Edwards 2008 What-If

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

The publication of a new book by Elizabeth Edwards, and especially the revelation that she advised her husband against running in 2008, has created a ...

In a New Media World, the Best PR Is to Be Your Own Media

Jay Marose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jay Marose

For PR people, media conglomeration has only made the ability to garner press coverage of your product, be it a entertainment, consumer items or causes, based on its own merits more difficult.

Fellow Dem Pollster Slams Mark Penn: Surveys "Biased," "Rigged" | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Of the many stories in Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg's new book, Dispatches from the War Room, the most newsworthy may be his slashing condemnati...

One Last Look Back: The 10 Most Ridiculous, Shameful, or Generally Unfortunate People and Events of 2008

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chez Pazienza

Well, it could've been worse. As 2008 mercifully ends, we're left to ponder a year in which the real and the surreal were pretty much indistinguishable, where insanity actually became tedium.

Gould: Greenberg versus Penn, Continued

Guest Pollster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guest Pollster

[This Guest Pollster contribution comes from Philip Gould, who served as a polling and strategy adviser to the British Labour Party for general electi...

Smith Reports on the Greenberg-Penn Feud

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Over at Politico, Ben Smith picks up the story of the Greenberg-Penn feud: Greenberg’s new book ups the stakes. He argues that Penn played di...

A Tuppence Worth

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

A reader, a European politico who "witnessed the working of the Labour war rooms in both 2001 and 2005," emails to share his "tuppence worth" on the G...

Dispatches: Penn's Rejoinder to Greenberg

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Mark Penn has emailed a second response to Greenberg, which I have reproduced in full below. One aspect of this back-and-forth is still not quite reso...

Dispatches: Greenberg's Rejoinder to Penn

Guest Pollster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guest Pollster

To avoid this discussion descending into an ugly mud-wrestling match between two squabbling pollsters, I will only take up issues where the "facts" are indisputable and where we learn something about Tony Blair and political leadership and about differing approaches to polling and strategy.