WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist wanted to attack Sen. Barack Obama for lacking “American roots” during the Democratic primary battle, according to a magazine article set to come out next week.
“All of these articles about his boyhood in Indonesia and his life in Hawaii are geared towards showing his background is diverse, multicultural and putting that in a new light. Save it for 2050,” Mark Penn, then Clinton’s chief campaign strategist, wrote in a memo written in March 2007, according to an article to be published in The Atlantic magazine.
“It also exposes a very strong weakness for him – his roots to basic American values and culture are at best limited. I cannot image America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values,” Penn wrote, according to the article written by Joshua Green.
Boy, good thing Hillary isn't a RACIST or anything.... I'm SO GLAD SHE LOST
Thank God they lost. Basically they were appealing the xenophobe racist in everyone. And they deserved what they got and the world would be the better for it.
STOP. TRYING. TO. DIVIDE. US.
Obviously he lacks American roots... You'll all see when he gets elected and we start allowing stonings of adulterers and thieves in city capitals.
He already has ties to Hamas through his advisers... I mean seriously people, he has ties to a TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. WHICH IS INTENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION.
GET A CLUE PEOPLE...
This is one of the reasons why she lost. ALl the negative campaigning and the people she hired. They are all too devisive and negative.
"Her hesitancy and habit of avoiding hard choices" is exactly why she would not make a good presidential candidate. The right person won the nomination and in spite of negative campaigning from both McCain now and Hillary in the past, Obama will win in November.
And some of you wonder why Obama won, well this is one of the reasons: lack of coherent strategy coupled with lack of media examination of the "rising star," which helped to sell more newspapers and more to tune in to see who this guy Obama was.
Well, now we don't know that much more, but we're certainly getting sick and tired of the media spin about him coupled with the lack of media examination of him.
And this sounds like it will be Obama's undoing also.
The habit of avoiding hard choices. Witness Obama's now constant shifting and his caveating all he says. Obama should be way out in front of McCain but he is not.
Make the hard choices, Obama. Not just to further your personal ambitions but for America.
America stands for individual liberty, the right to pursue happiness, limited government and respect for others.
None of these are characters of Obama. His ideals are much similar to a totalitarian state where government exerts coercive power over virtually every aspect of individuals' lives.
alot of people wants to see hillary as vp,
not me I dont want her to be cause when obama goes down and he will I dont want her blamed for what he screws up
No wonder Hillary lost! Her own advisors – including the Karl Rove wanna-be Mark Penn – were giving her dumb advise, some of which she took and to her credit some of which she didn't.
The "fear, smear, mock and lie" strategy that Mark Penn was expousing to Hillary is best left to the neocons and repugs who support McLame – it will cost them the election...
So Hillary was indecisive.... That's every women’s prerogative.
PS ....this person looks like a mad man! why are we being shown this crap?
How sad and how pathetic.
One has to stoop to a low to win the presidency.
Decency and humilation are no longer existant.
McSame is doing the exact same thing.
No big surprise here!!!
What a sleazy bunch of people on the Clinton team.
No wonder she lost...
pay off your own debt Hillary, I'm not letting my hard-earned money go to a loser like Mark Penn.
CNN, the Primaries is over .. enough already
It is looking more and more like Obama does not have US parents; he has not produced a birth certificate to prove he has even one American parent. Yes, one could think Obama doesn't have American roots. Hillary was right all along.
Poor Hillary, she probably won't even get a VP announcement via EMail as they will be sent to Obama supporters only.
American values and Culture are Obama's weakness?? Thats the stupidest thing i've ever heard. Apparently he has more values then Bill ever did. Mark Penn is the same thing as Carl Rove. Don't talk about the issues just attack him on personal things.
No wonder her whole campaign sunk!!!
The attitude of Obama supporters scares the hell out of me. I wish she would have done something to beat Obama because The Obama supporters think they're greater then thou. Just read some of what they write. Scary people. They don't sound like they're ready to unite anything.
Can the Clintons please go away, they simply refuse to cede the
spotlight to their party's elected nominee, what attention loving...
This article brings into memory the coy empowered smirk on Hillary's face when she proclaimed that she would win the nomination through her Robert Kennedy Theory in August.
Hillary shouldn't be allowed to speak at the convention. She is despicable.
Penn, just keep your mouth closed okay.
“Her hesitancy and habit of avoiding hard choices exacted a price that eventually sank her chances at the presidency.”
Thank the gods. If she avoided hard choices during the primaries,
imagine which hard choices she would have avoided, or even worse,
imagine which wrong choices she would have made had she made
it all the way to the White House.
If if's and but's were candy and nuts, it would be Christmas every day, Hillary.
he should work for the low road express where he belongs.